How to prepare for your Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assessment
- Fill out the RPL Application on our website. Attach supporting evidence as PDF documents to upload.
- We will assess your application. Once your application has been approved you will be assessed and guided on the most appropriate pathway for you to undertake to gain your qualification and/or unit of competency.
- On completion of the RPL assessment and evidence provided, if you are deemed competent you will be awarded either a whole qualification or a statement of attainment for the unit of competency.
- You have the right to appeal the process if you are unsuccessful and you wish to take the matter further.
- You maybe requested to seek further training to meet pre-requisites for the qualification that you are seeking RPL for.
In order for your workplace skills to be formally recognised as part of a national qualification the Assessors must make sure that you (the learner) have all the required skills and knowledge to meet the industry standard as specified in the relevant Training Package for the qualification you are seeking.
The person applying for RPL must be involved in the RPL process, you are not permitted to have someone apply for RPL on your behalf. The assessor will request evidence of your skills and knowledge (see suggested evidence in the list below) as well as ask you to undertake a self-assessment of the skills and knowledge required for the qualification and/or unit of competence. The evidence is gathered and used in the recognition process for all or some of the units for the qualification you wish to gain.
All assessment requirements will be discussed with you in advance and you will be given the opportunity to ask questions and clarify requirements. Being prepared for the assessment process and knowing what you need to provide can save you valuable time and ensure that the RPL assessment is as simple and stress free as possible.
Tips and suggested forms of evidence
Here are some tips to make the application process and interview easier for you.
- Your Assessor will ask you to talk about your work roles and your employment history. Bring a copy of your resume. You might like to write down any work you have done in the past (paid or unpaid) and where this took place.
- If you have certificates from any training courses you have completed, bring along either certified copies or the originals to the interview with the Assessor and they can make a copy of them. You may have certificates of participation or attendance for Professional develoment undertaken during your work time for updating skills for your work role.
- Bring along any other documentation that you think would support your claim that you have done this work over time. The following is a list of some of the documents you can provide as examples of your work history:
- Resume or Cirriculum Vitae
- On the job skills and experience
- Any transcripts of qualifcations or Statements of attainment already acquired
- Job description and any job workplace plans
- Professional development attendance (certificate of attendance or certificate of participation)
- Site training records eg Workplace Health and Safety training
- Health promotion programs or health education that you have have delivered or developed (if applicable)
- Membership of relevant applicable professional associations
- References/letters from previous employers/supervisors
- Industry awards or any other documentation that may demonstrate your trade or industry experience or support your claim for working in that industry
- Evidence of any committees that you might represent for your work role
- Evidence of any research or training needs anlaysis you mght have been involved with regarding data collection for health research
- Depending on where you have worked and what the work may have included, you may or may not have documentary evidence. Do not be put off if you do not have documentary evidence as the Assessor will work with you during the assessment process.
- Formal or informal education and training or qualifications
- Unpaid work such as community or volunteer work
Think about who you would consider to be your workplace contact or referee. Is your employer happy to support your aim to become qualified? Would you feel comfortable if the Assessor contacted your current workplace or previous workplace/s to validate your skills and spoke to your supervisor/s or employer/s?
- You will need to supply the contact details of work referees who can confirm your skills in the industry. Think about who the best person to confirm your skill level would be. Think about current or recent supervisors or employers who have observed your work and who would be able to confirm your previous work skills and experience. The Assessor will need to contact them or have them sign off on your current work activities.
- You can speak with your Assessor about other ways you can show your skills for the trade or industry in which you are seeking recognition. These could include letters from employers, records of any training courses or professional development sessions attended, employers or clients in related industries or government agencies, acknowledgements, workplace forms (as long as there are no confidentially issues see below), or any other relevant documents.
It is important that sensitive information is not included as part of your Supporting Documentation (as identified in Section 6 and any other documentation you wish to use as evidence). You may need authorisation from your supervisor to use some of your evidence, so it is always best to check the privacy and confidentiality policies of the organisation. Client names should be deleted and financial figures or other personal details should be blacked out and made unidentifiable.