Recognition of Prior Learning

what is recognition of prior learning?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) involves the assessment of an individual’s relevant prior learning (including formal, informal and non-formal learning) to determine the credit outcomes of an individual application for credit.

The following guidelines are to be followed when we receive a RPL request:

  • Any student is entitled to apply for recognition in a course or qualification in which they are currently enrolled.
  • Students may not apply for recognition for units of competence or a qualification which are not included in WesTrac Institute scope of registration.
  • Whilst students may apply for recognition at any time, they are encouraged to apply before commencing a training program. This will reduce unnecessary training and guide the student down a more efficient path to competence.
  • Apprentices who are currently enrolled in an Apprenticeship training program are eligible to apply for recognition in that program at no additional charge.
  • Assessment via recognition is to apply the principles of assessment and the rules of evidence.
  • Recognition may only be awarded for whole units of competence.

What is the RPL process?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Step 1

Provide sufficient information to prospective learners to inform them of opportunities for alternative pathways via recognition and the recognition process.

Step 2

Learners who request recognition of their current competence are to be invited to carry out a self-assessment prior to enrolment to determine their suitability for a recognition application (using the Recognition Self-Assessment Guide). The student should be provided an electronic version of the RPL application documents.

Step 3

Undertake a recognition assessment planning interview between the assessor and the candidate (using the Recognition Assessment Plan). This is to include where possible:

  • Helping the candidate to identify appropriate forms of evidence;
  • Guiding the candidate on the use of recognition tools; and
  • Informing the candidate about the assessment process.

Step 4

Candidates are to compile their recognition submission (using a Recognition Evidence Report). This form allows candidates to record their particular documentary evidence against each unit of competency and to attach this evidence as required.

Step 5

The Assessor is then to review the assessment evidence and decide on the need for additional evidence on perceived gaps. The Assessor may invite the candidate to undertake a recognition interview to answer verbal questions or a practical assessment. At the end of the evidence gathering process the Assessor is to provide the candidate with written feedback regarding the assessment outcomes, including the procedure for the candidate to appeal the assessment outcome.

Step 6

If the candidate is not satisfied with the outcomes of a recognition application, they may appeal the outcome like any other assessment decision. Refer the candidate to the appeals process which can be found in the Student Handbook or under the Policy & procedures Tab on the Website.

Step 7

When all assessment and appeal processes have concluded, the assessment outcome is to be recorded in the recognition register and issue the candidate with written advice of the outcome. This may include issuing statements of attainment or qualifications awarded through recognition in accordance with WesTrac Institute Qualifications Issuance policies and procedures.

find out more

To find out more about our Recognition of prior learning (RPL) at WesTrac Institute, contact us today or download the RPL Kit.

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