What is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?

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

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is defned in the AQF as follows:
Recognition of prior learning is an assessment process that involves 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. (Source:  © Australian Qualifcations Framework Council, Issued November 2012)

What is Evidenced experience?

A prior or current learning experience recorded in a valid written or visual form may be considered as an Evideced experience. This would consider any valid 360 degree evidence that demonstrate learing and experience of a working professional from current employers, or those from the past. Working professionals whether employed by businesses or self can submit relavant experience for the process.

However, the applicant must ensure that the submitted evidences are authentic, reliable and sufficiently demonstrate complete competency against the information that underpins a competency statement.

Do you have some examples for such evidences?

Every working professional will know what type of evidence will work for him according to the qualification, he is looking at. Each qualification will have its own evidence requirement and some trades may need more operational evidences while others may be more supervisory or managerial or all.

Here are some indicative general evidences – Resume, Reference Letters, Job Description, Sample of work through Photos and Videos, Client Feedback or Testimony, portfolio of workplace documents such as policies and procedures developed, Marketing/Business/Operational Plans prepared, Letter/s of validation, Reviews of logbooks, Schedules, Email correspondences, Minutes of meetings (that involve you doing an action with a result) and agendas, Training needs analysis/goals/sessions, Evaluation forms, etc.

Please note that this is not a comprehensive list but just an indicative list.

How long will the assessment process take?

The process may take anytime between 4 weeks to 6 months as well depending upon the qualification you are looking at. This timeline will always be controled by the assessment process followed by the RTO and its assesors. Always rememeber that more evidences an applicant provide better it gets for the assesor to evaluate the skillset.

What is Gap Training?

If an applicant is not able to supply enough evidence to verify his competency and meet all of the unit requirements within the qualification? Then the assesor may recommend Gap Training to fill in the gaps within the work history, depending upon gap percentage. Depending on the qualification, it can all be completed face-to-face or online as a self-paced process. The tools and resources for Gap Training will relate directly to the unit/s which is/are outstanding.

What is a USI?

USI is Unique Student Identifier, a reference number made up of numbers and letters, unique to each student. This USI number allows students to link their previous and future VET qualifications into a single authenticated transcript, through the National Vocational Education and Training Data Collection, and prevents them from losing their record. This lets them see all of their training results, from all their previous providers.

A USI Number will stay with the student for life, and must be recorded with any nationally recognised VET course they undertake.

How to get USI if you do not already have one?

USI can be created online and WITHOUT any cost. The registeration process is simple. Just click on http://portal.usi.gov.au/student, and follow the prompt.

Just remember to have one of the following valid forms of ID handy when you start the process:

  • Driver’s Licence
  • Medicare Card
  • Australian Passport
  • Visa (with Non-Australian Passport)
  • Australian Birth Certificate
  • Certificate of Registration by Descent
  • Citizenship Certificate
  • ImmiCard
I forgot my USI number. What do I do?

Its ok if you do not remember your USI number, you can easily recover your USI details. Just call the contact number mentioned on the Contact Page. And you can get the details right away.

Do I get my qualification from Upskill World?

All the qualifications are issued by Registered Training Organisations (RTO), after their assessment process is over and the outcome is positive. Upskill World is not a Registered Training Organisation. We do not conduct any form of assessment. Since our coordinators are experienced in the entire process, we do advice about the entire process and could guide if there is any query. We however, have no influence or say in the actual assessment process.

Is Upskill World a registered Agent for admissions in Vocational Colleges and Bachelor/Masters Programs?

Yes, we are registered with  Australia Institute of Business & Technology, Australia for vocational courses. Through Holmes Institute Brisbane we provide, our Bachelore and Masters courses.

Does Upskill World provide Migration advise?

Migration advise can only be provided by a MARA registered migration agent. Upskill World does not provide any form or migration advise directly or indirectly. We let the experts manage this complex functions.

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