Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning is simply a form of assessment of a learner’s competence.  Recognition of prior learning uses evidence from formal, non-formal and informal learning (rather than from specific assessment activities directed by the RTO). This evidence is often combined with assessment activities sometimes known as ‘challenge testing’. As such, recognition of prior learning must be conducted with the same rigour as any other form of assessment.

This process allows competency to be determined without the student being required to complete formal assessment tasks. As a result of recognition gained for a unit, that particular unit will not be required to be included in the student’s course of study.

JTI has a process that has been structured to minimise the time and cost to applicants and provides a supportive approach to students wishing to take up this option.

JTI has a comprehensive RPL process for all courses and units within its scope of registration. All students are provided with information on RPL prior to enrolment and offered the opportunity to take up this option during the enrolment process.

RPL can occur at any time during a course; however, it is best to commence the process at the start of a course to ensure appropriate arrangements are made for any training that is required and to avoid repetition. The RPL process used by JTI is designed to minimise the amount of paper-based evidence required and incorporate ‘competency conversations’ and verification from third parties to form the basis of the evidence used in the RPL process. This ensures the RPL process is an accessible option for candidates who are appropriately skilled and experienced.

RPL Process at a Glance

The following steps need to be followed if a student wants to apply for RPL:

    • Step one: Applicant to receive information from the Career Consultant regarding RPL. The Career Consultant will complete a checklist with the applicant to determine if eligibility for RPL. If eligible, a non-refundable registration fee will be charged which will be deducted from final fees for RPL or Training; applicant will be given Book 1 – Self-Evaluation/Third Party. Self & Government Funded – $100 Govt. funded with concession – $20
    • Step two: Once the student has decided on the units they want to apply for RPL, they must complete Book 1 to demonstrate their skills and knowledge for each unit and return it to the JTI Career  Consultant with all the evidence to support their application for review by the Training Manager.  
    • Step three: The evidence a student provides must be verifiable, with recent evidence of work experience, previous training and life experience.  Evidence may include but is not limited to:
    • Resume
    • Position Descriptions
    • Performance Reviews
    • Job Applications
    • Samples of work
    • Photos
    • Conversations
    • Third Party Verification Report
    • Informal training certificates
    • Statements of attainment and Statements of participation 
    • Letters of support from professional references
    • Any other information that may be relevant in demonstrating your competency
  • Step Four: The Training Manager will decide if the information sent by the applicant qualifies them for Recognition of Prior Learning.  If the Training Manager deems the applicant has enough evidence for RPL, he/she will contact the applicant to discuss an assessment date, venue and time.
  • Step Five: The Assessor will interview applicant with regard to the self-evaluation documents submittedThis will take the form of a discussion of the documents presented and verification of authentication of copies of any qualifications, references, etc.  The Assessor will then commence a competency conversation’ with questions accessed from the RPL tool.

Note: If applicant is unable to meet the standard of answers required and does not address the key points the assessor is to ask secondary questions relating to the key points

  • Step Six : Once the interview is completed the assessor will review the notes from the interview and make a final decision.
    • A decision should be made on each section of each cluster whether or not a task needs to be undertaken in the work place or simulated at JTI premises.
  • Step Seven: Assessors to complete assessor’s summary sheet.

Assessing RPL

From the assessor’s standpoint, when deciding whether a student may already have competency in a unit of competency, the following must be considered:

    • Is the student’s prior learning relevant to the course?
    • Are the student’s knowledge and skills current? Some fields of study change rapidly that a skill achieved in the past may no longer be relevant or acceptable.
    • Is it transferable? A skill should be applicable to a number of settings and situations.
    • Is it authentic? The student has to provide evidence, or demonstrate that they have the knowledge and skill.
    • Are their knowledge and skill appropriate to the level of the unit of competency or course?
    • Are the sources of evidence credible and verifiable?

JTI training and assessment staff will guide the student and assist them in identifying whether they have provided sufficient evidence for an RPL.

After the RPL Assessment students are obligated to pay the balance of the RPL tuition fees as specified before they receive their certificate.

Applicants who are unsuccessful in their RPL process have a right to formally appeal any RPL assessment, through the JTI Appeals Process.

Click here to contact us and find out how our Trainers and Assessors can assist you with this process.

Do not forget to collect and compile all relevant information about your life, educational and occupational experiences so that it can be used as evidence of your competency.

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