Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is all about gaining credit for the skills and knowledge you have gained through work and life experience. A good provider can review your skills and knowledge and apply them against Nationally Recognised qualifications. The bottom line is that, if you have been in the workforce for a number of years, there is very likely a qualification available that meets your current skills, knowledge and experience.
Here is the official explanation from our Student Guide:
RPL is the acknowledgment of skills and knowledge obtained through learning achieved outside the formal education and training system and incorporates work and life experience including paid and volunteer work and skills attained through leisure pursuits such as musical, mechanical or linguistic abilities.
RPL recognises any prior knowledge and experience and measures it against the qualification in which students are enrolled. The individual may not need to complete all of a training program if he or she already possesses some of the competencies taught in the program.
It is our job to work with you to help you gather the evidence you will need. Don’t be discouraged by the sinister overtones of “evidence”, it can take many forms and is already all around you. Most of the work you do on a day-to-day basis is, in fact, evidence. That email you write, that business plan, that safety brief; all of this can be evidence, and the list is endless. We also have the ability to gather evidence from you by verbal questioning and workplace observation. Basically the possibilities are very wide ranging and can be set to meet your needs.
For all the information you need on OPEC College’s RPL process, RPL in general and how it can benefit you, click here.
David Kirkby – General Manager OPEC College