Skills Recognition and RPL
Confidently facilitate skills recognition for clients, groups, organisations and projects. Use good practice processes with real clients including demonstration of how to run skills conversations, identify interests and RPL opportunities, map to units of competency from National Training Packages and qualification, identify naturally occurring evidence and support skills validation.
Incorporate the components that suit you such as:
- undertaking a skills stock take for an individual, team or business
- working with specific client groups such as retrenched workers, existing workers, business owners, job seekers
- understanding RPL motivators and segmenting RPL target markets
- analysing RPL business opportunities
- costing RPL
- using online tools such as Skillsbook and e-portfolios and
- how to triple RPL outputs.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) as an opt out of, not opt in to approach, is transforming RPL and VET services for clients and assessors who are using innovative tools and systems, including online RPL, supporting customisation, flexibility and maximum choice of pathways.
In our RPL practice we use an online tool called Skillsbook which is a data warehouse of all Australian National Training Packages and units of competency. We facilitate professional development workshops on how to use Skillsbook (Competency Navigator and Enterprise) and e-portfolios in RPL practice for Registered Training Organisations across Australia
Wendy Perry and Associates Pty Ltd has researched and authored two reports for the Australian Flexible Learning Framework for the E-portfolios Business Activity on Recognition of Prior Learning Support Systems Trial (2009) and Recognition of Prior Learning Tools and Systems Survey (2008). This involved the documentation of examples of where RPL tools and e-portfolios are being used by Australian Registered Training Providers, a comparison analysis and the benefits of using such tools and where it fits into an RPL process.
Wendy Perry has provided advice, content and support for user groups in testing a self-evaluation skills profiling tool for the Department of Education and Training in New South Wales.
RPL Professional Development
For many organisations and training providers including State and Territory Governments and the Council of Australian Government RPL projects we have facilitated professional development workshops aimed at promoting RPL good practice skills recognition.
Over the past 3 years Wendy has facilitated workshops through the TAFE Development Centre for the thirteen Skills Stores implemented by the Victorian State Government. These have been aimed at customer service and administration staff as an ‘Introduction to good practice RPL’.
For the Victorian TAFE Association, Wendy facilitated workshops with eight major VET providers on “Taking the Lead on Skills Recognition”. This workshop was aimed at leaders and managers within TVET providers with around 20 people attending per workshop. Feedback indicated that people enjoyed the workshops.
Between November 2007 and June 2008 Wendy delivered 10 workshops across 5 Australian cities with approximately 50-60 attendees per workshop on RPL as a Strategic Opportunity for NARA.
What do clients say about what they get out of working with us in RPL?
- Very informative, learnt new things and consolidated other information.
- Very professional and informative. Group discussion well fostered.
- Authoritative and well presented. Friendly and accessible presentation and information. A most worthwhile event, which proved to be extremely valuable.
- Great – facilitation excellent
- Professional, punctual, well prepared, knowledgeable
- Motivated and knowledgeable
- The folder content is very good
- Enjoyed discussion with leadership, knowledge and expertise of the presenter.
- An action plan to take away
- Knowing we are on the right direction
- Introduction to the strategic recognition concept
- RPL process is often confusing – however, I am confident that after this course I have a clear and refined understanding. Thank you very much. I have many tools to use now
RPL Model Design and System Review
We have developed a skills recognition (RPL) model, which is used and recognised by training providers as national good practice. Our Managing Director, Wendy Perry, has written and presented many papers at conferences on the subject of RPL, testing our ideas and new concepts in relation to RPL readiness, motivators and how RPL supports individual through to community development along a continuum.
RPL models, policies and manuals have been developed for many of our Registered Training Organisation clients that we audit and provide consultancy services for and for the South Australian government where we were assisting with the management of retrenched workers at large multinational company Mitsubishi Motors Australia.
For a chat about how we can help you to review, design and improve your RPL systems, processes and practice email email@example.com.
Research and Links
A shared responsibility: apprenticeships for the 21st Century
McDowell, Jim; Oliver, Dave; Persson, Marie; Fairbrother, Royce; Wetzlar, Simone; Buchanan, John; Shipstone, Tim
Australia. Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR)
The RPL Skills Express Toolkit: a quality ‘no frills’ electronic recognition tool for VET
Goiser, Narelle; Barlow, Kerry
Australian ePortfolio Project: ePortfolio use by university students in Australia: informing excellence in policy and practice: supplementary report October 2010
Hallam, Gillian; Harper, Wendy; McAllister, Lynn; Hauville, Kim; Creagh, Tracy
Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC)
Recognition of prior learning: normative assessment or co-construction of preferred identities?
Australian journal of adult learning, 50, (1), April 2010, pp. 100-115
Steering the road (map) to lifelong learning and lifelong learner records
Miller, Allison; O’Neill, Owen
ePortfolios Australia Conference 2010 Book of Abstracts and Papers 3–4 November 2010: Widening participation — engaging the learner
Increasing the confidence of advanced RPL assessors
Mitchell, John; Gronold, Judy
How training organisations are using e-learning to support national training initiatives around apprenticeships and RPL
Callan, Victor J.; Fergusson, Annie
Recognising non-formal and informal learning: participant insights and perspectives
Smith, Larry R.; Clayton, Berwyn
Reality vs the myth: changing narrative into action
Transforming Queensland VET: challenges and opportunities: volume three, 2009
Berthelsen, Donna; Vogel, Lauren
RPL policy to practice: why the reticence of practitioners to engage?
Are RPL targets reasonable?: predicting recognition rates in VET
Giles-Peters, Andrew R.
Recognition of prior learning: an assessment resource for VET practitioners
Western Australia. Department of Education and Training (DET)
Taking the lead on skills recognition: final report
Williams, David; Schultz, Nita
Victorian TAFE Association (VTA)
Review of skills and workforce development in South Australia: the challenge for the next decade: final report.
Economic Development Board,
South Australia. Department of Trade and Economic Development (DTED).
Adelaide, South Australia.
Election statement 2007: maximising gains/adding value: a stronger role for group training in skills development
Group Training Australia (GTA)
Credit transfer: who gets what and why does it matter?
Giles-Peters, Andrew R.
Industry skills report: manufacturing
Australia. Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST)
Manufacturing Skills Australia (MSA)
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