Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a term used to explain how an individual who has existing skills and knowledge in a certain area can be assessed against the criteria for nationally recognised qualifications to measure their learning. This is an important assessment process to ensure that individuals are not undertaking learning for subject matter for which they are already competent.
Under the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015, a RTO, such as CLET, is required to consider and recognise existing workplace skills and knowledge when assessing clients against the criteria of a nationally recognised qualification.
The easiest way to explain this is everything you do every minute of every day you are in the workplace, you are learning something new and stacking new skills on top of current skills, building your experience. Most workplaces are not RTO's and even those who are RTO's do not have every qualification on their scope and cannot offer you the recognition needed to showcase all your knowledge and skills when you leave that employment or service.
This is where the CLET RPL process is invaluable for our clients as we understand how to convert all this workplace learning and experience into our carefully selected scope of qualifications we have available for our clients.
CLET provides a comprehensive RPL process that minimises the amount of paperwork done by the individual and instead explores the individual's skills and knowledge from their workplace (current and former) to measure and assess against the relevant criteria. This process can be applied to all qualifications held on scope by CLET.
CLET provides a two-step RPL assessment process. The first step is to identify all possible qualifications from CLET's scope that may be a RPL option for an individual. This is termed the initial RPL review. This takes approximately 14 days for the CLET RPL Team to complete, depending on access to information and successful verification when required.
The second step is the final assessment which is conducted when an individual identifies which qualifications from the initial review list are of interest. The CLET RPL Team conducts a detailed assessment of the individuals existing skills and knowledge against the criteria from the requested qualifications and confirms the eligibility for full or partial RPL. No RPL may sometimes be the outcome.
Often the most challenging part of a RPL assessment is gathering sufficient evidence to support the comprehensive criteria of the nationally recognised qualifications. Below is a list of the types of things that can be considered evidence. CLET has a detailed and well researched evidence vault that supports individual assessments, particularly when individuals hail from confidential workplaces such as police, military, intelligence, defence security, and the like.
Suggested RPL Evidence
The suggested evidence set out below is informed by the client groups that CLET most commonly works with. A selection of the following list of evidence may be provided to support a RPL application. The CLET RPL team will review all evidence, including documents relevant to your experience from our own evidence vault and role mapping. If additional evidence is required the RPL team will advise. All evidence is secure and confidential and can be destroyed after sighting upon request.
Level 1 Evidence
|HR employment record|
|SAP or Service record (for Health and ES workers)|
|Training records (for Health and ES workers)|
|Service history (for police)|
|PMKeys (for military)|
|ADF Course reports (for military)|
|ADF performance appraisals (for military)|
|Position appointment documents|
|Certificate of service|
|Rank certificates (for police)|
|Letter from employer confirming years of employment, tasks and position.|
Level 2 Evidence
Some examples include:
|Other qualifications (including certificate and transcript)|
|Certificates from internal courses|
|Position descriptions for current or former positions|
Level 3 Evidence
Some examples include:
|Statutory declaration for work performed in absence of evidence|