Recognition of Prior Learning is recognising and gaining credit towards a qualification by having existing skills and experiences within the course’s industry.
RPL assessment is conducted individually for each unit of competency within a given qualification. Clients must be able to demonstrate that their skills are current according to industry standards.
Examples of evidence may include:
- Interview/professional conversation
- Observation and questioning including workplace visits
- Portfolio of work, which may include completed assessment items/qualifications from previous study
- Supplementary assessment tasks or challenge test (oral, written or practical)
- Assessment where no training is involved
- Authentication of evidence by supervisor or employer.
Indirect evidence is anything reflecting the value of work produced by the applicant or other evidence about the applicant or the role that confirms the applicant’s ability to perform in the context of the competencies for which the applicant is seeking credit for in RPL.
Examples of workplace documents that can provide indirect evidence include:
- A testimonial statement from supervisor or a senior company executive which identifies and acknowledges the applicant’s knowledge, responsibilities or abilities in relation to specific tasks or competencies
- An annual report which identifies the applicant’s or team achievements
- A performance review form which identifies the applicant’s strengths and achievements
- A published article about the applicant’s achievement in the workplace
- A detailed job description of the applicant’s current position or a position held previously.
- An attendance certificate for a training activity or other professional development activity aligned to particular competencies
- Annual subscription as evidence of an active membership of a professional association
- A reference from a recognised person within a professional body
- Minutes from meeting to acknowledge the applicant’s effort
- Any personal letters of commendation from professional people within the community.
Clients wishing to apply for RPL in any capacity should, in the first instance, contact Hader Institute of Education for further information.
Unsuccessful applicants have a right to formally appeal the RPL assessment through our appeals process. For further information, please refer to Hader Institute of Education’s Complaints and Appeal Policy.
Advantages of RPL
RPL can provide you with the opportunity to gain a full or partial qualification without having to study subjects you already have skills in. This means you can save time and money by completing a qualification in a shorter period of time. RPL can also lead to better employment opportunities, a pay increase or a job promotion!
The skills you have may count towards the qualification you need. Are you starting a course of study, or are you working and already have skills and knowledge gained through work, life experience or informal training? Don’t waste time and money studying things you already know.
Turn your knowledge and experience into a formal qualification with the Hader Institute of Education Recognition of Prior Learning.