Can RPL get you qualified sooner?
Earlier this year, Tina Dowling, Trainer and Assessor from National College Australia, put an experienced manager of more than 30 years through his paces.
Frank had applied for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), a consideration given to people returning to training in order to upgrade their qualifications. Often employees are required by legislation (and their employers) to do formal training that gives them currency in our evolving marketplace.
Frank’s recognition came from his years of experience and on-the-job training in management. The RPL process included several comprehensive steps that required proof of his competency in over 30 different areas. If he could show that he fulfilled all of the understanding and skill covered by training required for the Diploma of Management, he would be awarded the qualification without having to do the actual course.
“As my assessor,” Frank wrote to Tina, “you made the job of matching prior learning gathered on a career journey of more than 30 years a relevant and purposeful task.”
However, Tina realises that choosing to go down the route of RPL is not the best choice for everyone. She recalls a time when she considered applying for RPL herself. Like Frank, she too wanted to do her Diploma of Management. With her experience in four different industries that included administration, retail, property, and training and assessing, she realised she would have a lot of knowledge and skill that could possibly satisfy many of the competencies covered by the course.
“When I received my RPL kit I went ‘Okay, well I have evidence for that – yep, yep, yep’. But I also looked at a couple and went ‘Hang on a minute, I’d like to learn more about that!’. The RPL kit actually helped me decide to do the diploma in the end because I realised the currency of a diploma today would surpass my old learning.”
Tina, who strives for ‘transformational’ training, knows that her students get more from training by the end of the course than just a piece of paper. She says that people like herself, who have years of experience and prior qualifications under their belt, can draw on that to enrich their current study. In the end, they are reinvigorated in their industry and have so much more to offer.
“I find out what they know and what experience they have first. Then we move on with what they need to learn. Once they realise they’re going to hone their level of professionalism, learn something new, and earn the esteem of their colleagues, don’t they feel good about themselves!”
RPL VERSUS TRAINING
What’s great about RPL?
1. Saves you time. RPL can shave months off training in an area that you already know from your years of work!
2. Saves you money. You won’t have to buy textbooks and other learning material. (There is a charge associated with the process of RPL assessment.)
3. Advance to higher qualifications, sooner. If you can show that you already have the competencies required for a Certificate IV, you can train for your Diploma instead.
What’s great about TRAINING?
1. Currency. Because the workplace is a constantly evolving environment, you need to make sure you are current and training will give you that.
2. Understanding and insight. There’s nothing more effective in reinvigorating your love of work than training. You are guaranteed to feel renewed in your motivation and develop a real insight into the obstacles faced by the modern industry and how to resolve them.
3. Pride and accomplishment. Qualifications give people confidence that they are ready to face whatever work may throw at them and take on every opportunity for career advancement.
RPL is a great consideration for anyone who has had prior experience and/or training. You can apply for RPL for some units in your course – or for the entire course. For your RPL Kit or to discuss your options, call us on 1300 83 53 73, or go to the website for more information about RPL.
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