Are you one of the many people that made a new years resolution to find a new job, get a promotion, ask for a pay rise or even change your career? Are you seeking more money, respect from colleagues and peers, opportunities to use your expert skills?
We are already into 2014, so what are you doing to make this career advancement happen? Are you still sitting around considering the future and thinking about how to make the changes, or have you acted and now the process is underway? If you are already making the same old excuses that have kept holding you back you need to change that mindset. Make an effort to get your career progression started, don’t keep procrastinating.
If you are currently reviewing the best options to advance your career, you should consider the substantial benefits of recognition of prior learning (RPL) and skills recognition. This provides you with a simple, cheap, quick alternative to studying fulltime and it can help fast track your career and save you from further unnecessary hard grind in the workplace.
How RPL Works
RPL and skills recognition is a comprehensive method for career assessment used to check and confirm your current level of industry experience. It sounds complex, but it is straightforward. Qualified vocational assessors will document, record and collate evidence of the skills and knowledge gained in your working life. They are training experts in the qualifications assessed and have worked extensively in industries relating to those qualifications.
The types of evidence that can be submitted by each applicant is “flexible” and is reviewed on an individual basis to ensure each assessment is customised to meet your personal experience. Many varied forms of evidence can be submitted for review, including industry references, rpl training recommendations and testimonials from managers and colleagues, work appraisals, performance reviews, records of both “on the job” and “class based” study or training, projects, reports, copies of industry registrations or licences, even photos of completed work, or video evidence.
It doesn’t matter where or how you developed your skills or gained industry understanding and it can be from formal training and education or informal learning – this is the true benefit of being able to submit flexible evidence for RPL assessment. If you have performed volunteer or charity work, or been involved in unpaid internships or work experience, this is also considered suitable evidence, because it shows you have developed skills and understanding.
Make it Happen
To get the RPL process started you simply complete a “self-assessment” checklist detailing your career experience and then make a decision on the most suitable qualification and the units you will completed. Assessors will discuss the evidence that you can submit and assist you with compiling evidence into a comprehensive portfolio of your career and life experience. This is matched against Training Packages for the qualification.
Training Packages are developed by Australian Industry Skills Councils, so they are based on standards for industry and give consideration to the types of jobs that would be performed at each level, particularly with regard to the “employability skills” required.
In addition, RPL assessment is fully endorsed according to requirements detailed in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), the national guidelines for how vocational training and assessment is conducted and how qualifications are issued in Australia. Training packages for vocational qualifications are aimed at ensuring people are “job ready” upon completion.
RPL and skills assessment uses specialised checklists and evidence verification systems that are based on the Training Package for each qualification. This confirms and validates your specific level of understanding of the key industry requirements to be considered “competent”.