RPL How To's (Recognition of Prior Learning)


R.P.L. Fees
Under a Traineeship:  Nil

Fee for service:

Payment of administrative application fee.

$100

Charged when unit(s) exemption application is finally approved by the CEO and/or the ASTC

 

Academic Committee and a fee per module approved will apply

$150

Certificate II, III, IV  Diploma, Advanced Diploma 

On Application

What is R.P.L?

People learn in many ways throughout their lifetime and develop skills and experiences to enable people to obtain credit in a course of study. Every module undertaken at Australian Salesmasters Training Co has a set of learning outcomes and assessment criteria that must be achieved before a learner is deemed competent in that particular module. If you believe that you have already achieved the learning outcomes of a particular module then you can apply for R.P.L.

 

Recognition of Prior Learning Policy

All of our potential or enrolled learners are provided with full recognition of their current skills and knowledge. We promote acknowledgement of non-traditional forms of learning as valid pathways for recognition of competency achievement during the RPL assessment process.

 

The recognition of prior learning [RPL] process conducted by us is an assessment process, which provides acknowledgement of all skills and knowledge gained through life experiences, work experience, previous training and formal education.

 

Our RPL process examines the evidence within the following key principles:

  • Adopting a focus on the competencies held, rather than on how, when or where the learning occurred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to recognising the prior learning of adults.
  • Providing access to the RPL process for all potential learners of courses
  • Undertaking RPL processes which are fair to all those involved.
  • Providing adequate support for all potential RPL applicants.

The RPL assessment process includes the initial provision of information, support and counselling, formal application, assessment, post-assessment guidance and certification for course learners.

 

All learners are offered RPL at time of the pre-enrolment interview and can elect to be considered for RPL by selecting the option available on the enrolment form. The special needs of RPL applicants are recognised by us and we will make all the necessary and reasonable adjustments (taking into account such areas as LL&N) during the RPL assessment process, where appropriate.

 

A variety of RPL assessment options will be available for potential applicants to identify whether they have achieved standard in the relevant national training program. All assessment mechanisms used are valid, reliable, flexible and fair and conducted in an ethical manner.

 

The key objectives of our RPL assessment process are to:

  • Minimise duplication of learning, training or skill acquisition.
  • Allow the completion of studies in the shortest possible time.
  • Provide clear RPL outcomes and access to further learning/training and career development.
  • Provide quality advice and support to potential and current applicants.
  • Conduct the RPL process only in respect to courses that we are registered to assess.
  • Ensure that only fully qualified consultants are involved in the RPL process.
  • Provide adequate information and support to enable applicants to gather reliable evidence to support their claim for recognition of competencies currently held regardless of how, when or where they were learned.
  • Recognise competencies and modules gained through an RPL process conducted at another Registered Training Organisation via the requirements of recognition of other qualifications.
  • Ensure the RPL applicants of their right of appeal through the formal process.
  • Ensure fees and charges are fair, competitive with the industry standard and are structured to minimise the time and cost to applicants.

RPL assessments are charged at $150 per unit (traineeship excluded). The actual cost will depend upon the numbers of units to be assessed, the clarity, type and presentation of the information supplied, and any discussions needed to clarify supplied evidence. An estimate can be supplied at the time of application by team members of Australian Salesmasters Training Co (ASTC).

 

Learners can make an application for Recognition of Prior Learning at any time during the training program.

 

RPL Procedure:

1. The applicant fills in application for Recognition of Prior Learning (exemption), as detailed in the RPL application kit. 

2. Attached to the application should be:

a. Certified copies of the relevant qualifications, transcripts, course outlines and other academic records including the title of the module, duration (hours) of learning, results (marks and grades).

b. Evidence of clinical practice, as mentioned above, if exemption is sought.

Applications without presenting the relevant qualifications will not be recognised.

 

3. ASTC reserves the right to check and identify the original qualifications and academic records. Usually, ASTC's Director of Programs will interview the applicant and verify the authenticity of original documents.

 

4. The module(s) exemption application is finally approved by the CEO and/or the ASTC Academic Committee and a fee of $150 per module approved will apply (traineeship excluded).

 

5. The Applicant will be required to sign off on the approval of recognition of prior learning or disapproval form The original form will be placed on the applicant's file and a copy given to the applicant.

 

An RPL application kit is available from the Director Programs.

 

Skills recognition means that the skills you already have through informal or non-formal learning may count towards a nationally recognised qualification. For further information please refer to Skill Recognition- Value Prior Learning (http://www.skillsrecognition.nsw.gov.au)

 

Don't just say what you did, without explaining the results you got. 

E.g., Thanks to my re-organisation of the kitchen, tension has been reduced.

 

Dos Don'ts
Do show reasons why you believe you are competent. 

E.g., I have been working on a building site for two years. I believe I am competent because I finish my tasks on time, I have a strong record on working safely and I follow plans precisely. Evidence of this is contained in my supervisor's report, which is Item 1 in my portfolio.

Don't assume you're competent simply because you have been doing the job for a long time. 

 

E.g. I have been working on a building site for two years. My tasks include following plans, preparing and handling materials, using tools and equipment and carrying out basic demolition.                                                                                    

Do use examples to show you are competent.

E.g., before I begin a training session I always make sure computer wires are taped to the floor. When training begins, I let people know where the fire exits are and advise people to drink water during the day.

Don't just say you are competent without giving examples. 

 

E.g., I am very aware of WHS issues and try to keep the workplace safe at all times.

Do get external support for your examples. 

Wherever possible, back up your claims by reports from witnesses or supervisors, or maybe even prizes, awards, qualifications or newspaper items.

Don't just say you are competent without giving examples. 

 

E.g., I am very aware of WHS issues and try to keep the workplace safe at all times.

Do explain the results or outcomes of your competent performance.

E.g., thanks to my re-organisation of the kitchen, chefs can get on with cooking and waiters with serving, without confusion. As a result we have reduced waiting time for meals by 10 per cent in the last three weeks. Evidence of this is in my employer's reference, which is Item 2 in my portfolio, and also in a testimonial from a regular customer, which is Item 3 in my portfolio. I also include photos showing the kitchen set-up before and after I arranged it.

Don't just say what you did, without explaining the results you got. 

 

E.g., Thanks to my re-organisation of the kitchen, tension has been reduced.

Download
Skills Recognition Candidate's Guide
RPL_candidate_guide.pdf
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Skills Recognition Employer's Guide
RPL_Employer_Guide.pdf
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