How Does RPL Work?

Are you feeling unfulfilled in your current job? Would you like to transition into a fun, rewarding new industry? Investing in yourself by expanding your skillsets and qualifications is an invaluable action to develop new career prospects. It can open new doors, introduce you to new people, and ultimately guide you towards an adventure-filled path that can lead to better financial and emotional satisfaction.

Unfortunately, many workers are deterred by the seemingly onerous tasks involved within such self-development courses, and how difficult it would be to manage them amongst their other responsibilities. This isn’t exactly unreasonable, as many of us have far too many obligations and responsibilities to simply hold up our hands and announce we’re trying something new.

Luckily, there is another way. Through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), you may already possess skills, experience, or knowledge that can be transferred into credits or a full qualification in another line of work. You might even have a wealth of qualifications whilst working overseas, and your abilities simply are yet to be recognised by Australian standards.

If this might be something you are interested in, continue reading below to learn how RPL works.

Initial Conversation

Whilst the RPL process may vary slightly amongst different providers, most will begin with an initial, comprehensive conversation. The entire aim of RPL is to save you time and exertion when becoming qualified in a new role. Therefore, this conversation will encompass taking into account your experience in your previous industry, your range of existing skills, and knowledge, to reduce the required time taken for future training purposes. Areas to be reviewed will include any work-related training courses you have undertaken, tasks taken on in your role to build your skill set and experience, volunteer work, related hobbies, and so forth. It is likely you might not even be aware of how you can already shave crucial time off your needed training, which is why you will consult with a trained, industry assessor.

Portfolio of Evidence

To ensure that all of the claims you may have made to receive credit towards qualifications are able to be substantiated by an assessor, a portfolio of evidence will also need to be assembled. These may include any qualifications or certificates you have obtained in your role and/or overseas, footage of your performing relevant work, letters of reference, and your resume. A registered training organisation (RTOs) will then assess your portfolio, and under AQF’s policies, will also assess you in a formally transparent fashion (i.e. completing a sample of work in a controlled environment). If all of the information you have provided is found to be sufficient by your assessor, then an interview will usually be conducted next, in which you are informed on whether anything further is required, such as upskilling in areas you might be lacking, in order to help you progress. After that, you will likely be able to gain credits towards whatever course you have chosen, and be much closer to obtaining your qualifications in a new industry.

How RPL Can Help You

By receiving Recognition of Prior Learning, you will be working with RTOs offering qualifications that are recognised across the country. This means that whether you want to work in the inner cities of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, or in the small towns of rural QLD or NSW, you will meet the requirements to operate in your new role. By beginning an RPL assessment, you will save both time and money, aid in any licensing and immigration pursuits, ensure you comply with industry standards, and improve your future career opportunities, as well as continue your own professional growth.

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