RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

What does RPL mean?

RPL stands for Recognition of Prior Learning. It is a process that recognizes the skills and abilities you gained from previous studies and experience. These skills and abilities can be acquired from formal or informal education along with professional or voluntary work and life experiences. With RPL you can get certified without repeating units already studied or put into practice. RPL is not training but rather an assessment to convey to the assessing body that you have competency for these units and there is no need for you to undertake this training again.

Some competencies within a qualification may be attained through the process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL may help you may get your qualification faster and save valuable time. Electrical RPL takes into consideration the candidates’ previous learning and past work experiences.

Formal Learning – The candidate has completed formal learning in schools, colleges or universities and has relevant passing grades with a certificate or diploma.

Work Experience – The candidate has relevant work experience in the industry. Experience may also include relevant on-the-job training.

AUSINET trainer/assessor will provide candidates with an RPL Application Form at enrolment, to assist the candidate in determining if RPL is an appropriate pathway to gain the qualification. If appropriate, candidates will be provided with an RPL Self-Assessment Guide and instructions on how to prepare an Instrumentation portfolio of evidence. The RPL documentation is available on request.

RPL also includes an open book challenge test which has to be completed at Ausinet premises under the supervision of a trainer. A booking with Ausinet admin is essential to organise this test.
RPL is available for all courses.

Advantages of RPL

RPL has a lot of benefits which is why people try to get RPL whenever they think they might be eligible.

  • RPL allows you to skip units you have competency in.
  • It reduces your study workload and saves you money and time.
  • RPL recognizes your work experience, knowledge, and skills.
  • Based on your work experience you can get a certification that recognizes what you already know and helps you in further studies.
  • Helps step-up from volunteer work to paid employment.
  • Helps upskill for a career upgrade.
  • Saves you from undertaking duplicate training.

Who can apply for RPL?

 If you want to apply for RPL, you must be 23 years or older with a minimum of three years of relevant working experience. If you feel that your prior learning meets the requirements of the equivalent module offered by AUSINET then you should apply for RPL. If you want to apply for RPL credit for a specific unit or qualification you must fulfil the necessary admission requirements or prerequisites for that qualification.

Considerations before applying for RPL

Before applying for RPL you should ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is the on-job training which I have completed relevant to the course?
  • Have I recently used my skills or gained new knowledge this course also imparts?
  • How can I prove that I possess these skills and knowledge?

What type of proof is required to get RPL?

In general, each qualification has different requirements which are used to assess your competency. You will need to provide the proof to the RTO in order for them to assess your skills and knowledge. What kind of proof will you need to provide to get RPL?

  • Work experience and employment history in Australia.
  • Prior qualification with units of competency equivalent to those in the course you are interested in
  • Referrals from your supervisors, customers, colleagues or co-workers.
  • Videos, pictures and working documents that demonstrate your knowledge and skills.

Applying for Electrical RPL at AUSINET

An AUSINET trainer/assessor will provide candidates with an Electrical RPL application form on request. This will help the candidate determine if RPL is an appropriate pathway to obtain a qualification. If appropriate, candidates will be provided with an RPL Self-Assessment Guide and instructions on how to prepare a portfolio of evidence. The RPL documentation is available on request.

RPL also includes an open book challenge test which must be completed at AUSINET premises under the supervision of a trainer.

RPL is available for all courses.

Cost of RPL at AUSINET

If you have enrolled under the state training initiatives funded by the Australian Government, there will be no fee for your RPL. If you are enrolled as a Fee For-service student and as a self-funded student, the cost of RPL will be $495.00 per student + $15.00 for every hour granted by AUSINET.

Hope it is now clear to you what RPL is and how it can benefit you. If you still have any questions about RPL please feel free to contact us.

RPL also includes an open book challenge test which must be completed at AUSINET premises under the supervision of a trainer.

RPL is available for all courses.

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