How do I know if I’m qualified for recognition of prior learning (RPL)?

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Recognition of prior learning (RPL) recognises previously gained skills and experience towards a formal qualification.

As RPL focusses on outcomes rather than how or when you acquired this knowledge or skill, it can be difficult to know whether your experiences would qualify for RPL or not.

Examples of prior learning, skills or experience

We often get asked what kind of experience qualifies as prior learning. The simple answer is anything! You must have a reasonable level of experience in a relevant field for your chosen course. However, we focus on outcomes, not how or when you obtained the knowledge, so you don’t have to have formal experience to qualify.

For example, you may have been a labourer or an assistant for a few years and now want to take the next step in your career path. You may have completed your apprenticeship overseas, or you may have self-taught skills around building that you need to match up with industry standards and protocols. Other qualifications or skills through other training providers or partially completed apprenticeships may also qualify as relevant skills. Any of these scenarios can be recognised in our skills assessment and get you qualified sooner.

RPL assessment

At Construction Training Institute, we understand that taking you off-site for training and assessment can be time-consuming and annoying. We offer fast and simple trade skills assessments to recognise the skills you already have and get you qualified sooner.

The skills assessment process is a simple 5 step approach.

  1. Enrol

You can do this online or contact us to organise this over the phone.

  1. Self Assessment

We will send you a self-assessment booklet to fill out, giving evidence of previous experience, references and current knowledge. You can also do this online.

  1. Discuss

Once your self-assessment is complete, you will need to discuss the evidence you have provided with one of our assessors.

  1. Gap Training

From the information provided in your self-assessment and your discussion, your assessor will identify any gaps in your knowledge and if you need any further training to obtain your qualification. If there are gaps in your skills, you will be provided with training to get you up to speed.

  1. Get Your Qualification

Once you’ve completed any gap training and your assessor is satisfied with your level of skills and knowledge you will now be ready to receive your qualification.

For more information on this process watch the video below.

RPL courses

If you have experience in the construction industry and want the formal qualifications to go along with them, Construction Training Institute offers RPL for the following trades:

  • Bricklaying
  • Carpentry
  • Concreting
  • Plastering
  • Tiling
  • Waterproofing

Want more info? Check out our infographic here.

If you need any more information about skills assessment or RPL, contact the friendly team at CTI today. We will be able to talk you through the process of enrolment or provide more information about whether you would make a suitable candidate for RPL.