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RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING

Recognition Of Prior Learning (RPL)

What Does RPL Mean?

RPL stands for Recognition of Prior Learning. It is a process that recognizes the skills and abilities you gained from previous studies and experience. These skills and abilities can be acquired from formal or informal education along with professional or voluntary work and life experiences. With RPL you can get certified without repeating units already studied or put into practice. RPL is not training but rather an assessment to convey to the assessing body that you have competency for these units and there is no need for you to undertake this training again.

Some competencies within a qualification may be attained through the process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL may help you get your qualification faster and save valuable time. Electrical RPL takes into consideration the candidates’ previous learning and past work experiences. RPL for all electrical units is not available. Some of the basic units in electrical are allowed to be RPld for Certificate 2 in electrotechnology with a considerable amount of GAP training. Certificate 3 in Electrotechnology cannot be completed through the RPL pathway. The below information is for students who are already electricians and seeking RPL for some of the instrumentation/Hazardous areas/Solar units

Formal Learning – The candidate has completed formal learning in schools, colleges or universities and has relevant passing grades with a certificate or diploma.

Work Experience – The candidate has relevant work experience in the industry. Experience may also include relevant on-the-job training.

AUSINET trainer/assessor will provide candidates with an RPL Application Form at enrolment, to assist the candidate in determining if RPL is an appropriate pathway to gain the qualification. If appropriate, candidates will be provided with an RPL Self-Assessment Guide and instructions on how to prepare an Instrumentation portfolio of evidence. The RPL documentation is available on request.

RPL also includes an open book challenge test which has to be completed at Ausinet premises under the supervision of a trainer. A booking with Ausinet admin is essential to organise this test.

RPL is not available for Certificate III Electrotechnology.

Advantages Of RPL

RPL has a lot of benefits which is why people try to get RPL whenever they think they might be eligible.

  • RPL allows you to skip units you have competency in.
  • It reduces your study workload and saves you money and time.
  • RPL recognizes your work experience, knowledge, and skills.
  • Based on your work experience you can get a certification that recognizes what you already know and helps you in further studies.
  • Helps step up from volunteer work to paid employment.
  • Helps upskill for a career upgrade.
  • Saves you from undertaking duplicate training.

Who Can Apply for RPL?

If you want to apply for RPL, you must be 23 years or older with a minimum of three years of relevant working experience. If you feel that your prior learning meets the requirements of the equivalent module offered by AUSINET then you should apply for RPL. If you want to apply for RPL credit for a specific unit or qualification you must fulfil the necessary admission requirements or prerequisites for that qualification.

Considerations Before Applying For RPL

Before applying for RPL you should ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is the on-the-job training that I have completed relevant to the course?
  • Have I recently used my skills or gained new knowledge this course also imparts?
  • How can I prove that I possess these skills and knowledge?

What Type Of Proof Is Required To Get RPL?

In general, each qualification has different requirements which are used to assess your competency. You will need to provide proof to the RTO to assess your skills and knowledge. What kind of proof will you need to provide to get RPL?

  • Work experience and employment history in Australia.
  • Prior qualification with units of competency equivalent to those in the course you are interested in
  • Referrals from your supervisors, customers, colleagues or co-workers.
  • Videos, pictures and working documents that demonstrate your knowledge and skills.
  • A completed RPL Kit

Applying For Electrical RPL At AUSINET (only available for licensed electricians looking to upskill in their trade)

An AUSINET trainer/assessor will provide candidates with an Electrical RPL application form on request. This will help the candidate determine if RPL is an appropriate pathway to obtain a qualification. If appropriate, candidates will be provided with an RPL Self-Assessment Guide and instructions on how to prepare a portfolio of evidence. The RPL documentation is available on request.

RPL also includes an open book challenge test which must be completed at AUSINET premises under the supervision of a trainer.

RPL is not available for Certificate III Electrotechnology.

Cost of RPL at AUSINET

RPL is not available for Certificate III Electrotechnology. If you have enrolled under the state training initiatives funded by the Australian Government, there will be no fee for your RPL. If you are enrolled as a Fee-for-service student as an upskilling electrician, the cost of RPL could vary based on the amount of RPL being sought. In many cases, the cost of RPL is more than the cost of undergoing structured training

RPL also includes an open book challenge test which must be completed at AUSINET premises under the supervision of a trainer.

RPL is not available for Certificate III Electrotechnology.