Skills Recognition is a process where evidence is collected and a judgment made by an assessor against the requirements of one or more units of competency from a relevant industry Training Package. It is often called RPL or Recognition of Prior Learning. It’s important to know that competencies and qualifications have been created to describe/match real work roles.
If you have experience and believe that you have built skills and knowledge around your work role you may be eligible for skills recognition (RPL).
Please also read our guide - RPL Student Information
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that assesses an individual's existing skills and knowledge against the competency outcomes of Nationally Accredited units and qualifications. This prior learning may have been achieved through informal learning, on-the-job learning, work experience, self-tuition or life experience. RPL may mean that a person can achieve competency in a full or partial qualification, therefore reducing their requirement for formal study. RPL is also sometime referred to as Recognition and Recognition of Current Competence (RCC). You may receive RPL for part or all of your qualification.
Australian Early Childhood College aims to provide students with recognition wherever possible, and we have a process for determining RPL which does not place an excessive burden on the student. All students are given an opportunity to have their skills recognised when they first enrol, and students are able, and encouraged, to apply for recognition at any time during their studies. To apply for RPL you need to talk to your trainer/assessor about which units you might be eligible for, and they will advise you on the evidence you need to provide. RPL is an assessment process, you will prove your skills and knowledge by providing enough evidence to us. We must collect sufficient evidence to meet the requirtements of a unit of competency. Evidence can include (but are not limited to):
- a resume
- a current job description
- copies of training certificates/transcripts
- third party references such as a performance appraisal
- reports and other documents you have developed at work
- confirmation of knowledge through oral assessment interviews
- confirmation of skills through interviewing students' supervisors and managers
Credit Transfer (CT) allows individuals to count their previously completed studies achieved with other training providers such as TAFE or private RTOs and colleges toward their current qualification. It is also sometimes referred to as Advanced Standing.
For Credit Transfer you will need to provide certified copies of certificates AND a transcript which details the units you previously studied.