What is RPL?
RPL is a process where students use their existing knowledge, skills and experiences (gained through life experiences and/or other employment) to demonstrate their competency in particular unit/s. When a student applies for an RPL, they are essentially saying 'I already know all about this unit so I don't need training'. RPL is an assessment process only which requires three forms of evidence.
How do I RPL a unit?
ACCCO has a booklet for each unit which requires students to complete three things. These are:
1. Answer questions provided
2. Provide evidence of implementation of the skills/knowledge eg copies of observations they have recorded,
3. Have a supervisor sign that the competencies are completed consistently in the workplace.
What are the work requirements for RPL?
You need to be currently employed in Children's Services to complete RPL. The position you hold needs to allow you to demonstrate the skills required for the unit and/or qualification eg if you are applying for RPL of the programming units at Diploma level, you will need to hold a position where you responsible for planning and implementing the curriculum. This enables our Assessors to see you fulfilling the requirements of the unit to assess your competency. You will also need a supervisor in that workplace willing to sign you off on the competencies required.
I've heard RPL is a quicker way to finish my course. Is that true?
Definately! However, it is only quicker if you already have the skills and knowledge needed to complete the unit. If you don't already have these skills and knowledge, you may find it will take you longer to complete the unit through RPL as you will need to research and investigate the information you need. However if you completed the unit, all the information will be provided to you and a trainer will support you with the learning.
I've heard RPL is cheaper. Is that true?
Yes! Since you're not paying for training, RPL is cheaper than a unit.
I've heard RPL is an easier way to finish my course. Is that true?
Yes, but once again it is only easier if you already have the skills and knowledge required. You will need to answer questions, provide evidence of your knowledge and demonstrate your skills in your workplace.
What happens if I decide to do an RPL but then discover that I don't have the knowledge and skills needed?
All you need to do is telephone ACCCO and pay the difference between an RPL and the unit. Your enrolment will be transferred from an RPL to a unit and you will complete the unit this way.
If you submit an RPL and your Assessor makes it as Not Yet Competent due to not having sufficient skills and/or knowledge, your Assessor will request you transfer to the Unit too. This will allow you to gain the knowledge and skills required. However, if it is clear you simply didn't quite understand the RPL process, the Assessor will provide you with support to understand what to do and will give you one opportunity to submit an appropriate RPL.