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Skills Recognition - RPL

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment pathway you can utilise to recognise the skills, knowledge and experience gained through work experience, life experience, training courses and work based training. This is assessed against the evidence requirements of one or more units of competency.

Victorian Institute of Community Services recognises that knowledge, skills and competencies can be gained in a variety of ways, through formal education as well as training, workplace experience or general life experience.

What is Skills Recognition?
Skills recognition is the process through which students can gain entry to, or credit in, nationally recognised qualification courses based on competencies gained through formal, non-formal and informal learning.

The two most method of gaining skills recognition are:
1. Credit Transfer (CT)
2. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Credit Transfer or CT assesses the initial course, subject or unit of competency that an individual is using to claim access to, or the award of credit in, the destination course to determine the extent to which it is equivalent to the required learning outcomes, competency outcomes, or standards in a qualification. Units to be considered for credit transfer will correspond substantially in content, objectives and standard to equivalent units in the VICS course.

E.g. You completed the same (or superceded) unit with another training organisation.

Recognition of Prior Learning or RPL is a form of assessment which is the process of recognising a person's skills and knowledge which they have acquired through previous training, education, work and/or general life experience. The benefits of RPL may be the reduced time a student has to spend attending class, undertaking assessments or re-learning what they already know. The evidence the applicant providers must be authentic (something they have prepared, produced or has been written about them by a relevant third party), and must be sufficient to demonstrate competence against the unit/s of competency. This may be through a variety of means such as portfolio of evidence, questions and discussions, written answers, or a practical demonstration.

E.g. You work in an admin role within your organisation and your main task is to deal with customers. You may be eligible to RPL BSBCUS402 Address Customer Needs as a full unit or partial RPL - where you complete some minimal gap training.

The evidence of these skills and knowledge may be used to grant credit for a subject, module, course or qualification.

In order to grant CT or RPL, the assessor must be confident that the student is currently competent against the endorsed industry or enterprise competency standards or outcomes specified in Australian Qualification Framework accredited courses.

Your assessor will assess your application/evidence based on the following:

Is it Authentic?
Is the evidence your own work?

Is is Current?
Does the evidence show that you can currently perform the competence while working?

Is it Sufficient?
Does the evidence cover the full range of performance identified in the unit of competency?

Is it Valid?
Does the evidence relate to a unit competency?

Benefits of RPL/CT:

Ready to apply for RPL or CT?
Step 1 - Contact Us for an RPL pack
Step 2 - Gather your evidence
Step 3 - Submit your RPL/CT application using the link provided in the RPL pack
Step 4 - VICS assessors will review and assess your application
Step 5 - VICS will email out a report or summary of the RPL assessment

How much does RPL assessment cost?
Nothing! This a free service to students.