Skills Recognition

Online Skills Recognition & RPL Services for Australians and Overseas Students

There is more than one way of getting into the career of your choice, despite not having the formal qualifications required. Your skills and knowledge that you have attained through informal learning such as life experience, work and training can all count towards Realistic Training Options RPL's skills recognition assessment, or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL.)

Path to success

These skills that you have developed may count towards a nationally recognised qualification or statement of attainment. Realistic Training Options RPL provides skills recognition Australia-wide and Overseas, and is able to shorten your length of time for your studies. In some cases, your skills can be recognised in a way that you will not have to do any further study.

  • Paid or unpaid work in Australia or overseas
  • On-the-job training
  • Other qualifications from Australia or overseas
  • Community or voluntary work
  • Hobbies, sport and leisure activities

To have your skills recognised you will need to get a formal assessment. Skills recognition assessments are available for students that meet certain requirements that is explained through this guide.

How long will the RPL process take?

Preparing evidence for your RPL application will take time – the responsibility for gathering the evidence lies with you. The more preparation you do, the less time the application may take, however there really is no 'set' time – it really depends on how much evidence you gather and how it is to put together, Realistic Training Options RPL helps students with this whole process by our approach 'You provide the evidence. We do the paper work.'

By engaging the RPLprocess this way it makes it Realistic Training Options for our students to apply for RPL. We bundle your portfolio of evidence to the units of the qualification you are applying for RPL. The time frame to provide evidence for your RPL is 3 months. You can extent your RPL enrolment by 3 months by paying the extension fee of $100 / 3 month period.

Australian Skills Assessments

Many of your skills or knowledge that you have acquired through workplace learning can be applied towards other careers that require formal credentials. At Realistic Training Options RPL, we provide recognition of prior learning.

Our skills assessment test can acknowledge your work capabilities and then use these to impact either partially or completely towards nationally recognised qualifications, putting you in a better position to understand where your skills can take you.

Realistic Training Options RPL provides skill recognition and skill assessment World-wide

Your skill assessment can take you to more places than you imagined possible. With Realistic Training Options RPL providing skills assessments World-wide, you can see your value and worth in a company in a much bigger way. Our nationally recognised Australian skills assessment test can provide free individual skills assessments for all who want to change their future.

So why not start now?

What is RPL?

Recognition of Prior Learning (or RPL for short) is the process of receiving a qualification or part thereof, by recognising skills and knowledge learned through life experience, work or other uncompleted or not-nationally recognised training.

Realistic Training Options RPL's FREE skills assessment and recognition can fast track your qualification or even award your qualification outright. This means you don't have to repeat training you've already received and the entire RPL process is online.

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How do I get recognised for prior learning?

Kick-start your career and receive qualification recognition through Realistic Training Options RPL. We offer prior learning assessment and recognition across Australia and it's easy to apply for RPL online. We look at past jobs, life experience, samples of your work and any industry representative endorsements you might have. We use methods to establish your competency against a national set of standards and offer qualification recognition based of your level of competency (whether you have been formally trained in these skills or not). You can then receive recognition for prior learning by either gaining a full qualification or receiving credit towards one.

Getting started is Easy

Our detailed knowledge of the RPL process for various industries ensures we have the tools to guide you through the recognition of skills and prior learning process. Getting the formal acknowledgement you deserve is simple; just contact Realistic Training Options RPL for a free prior learning assessment! Simply provide us with:

  • A resume detailing evidence of prior learning and work experience
  • The qualification you are applying for

Realistic Training Options RPL's highly skilled, industry experienced staff will assist you in the skills recognition process, ensuring that we make the process Realistic Training Options for you. Getting recognised for prior learning is simple with Realistic Training Options RPL, so get started today.

We deliver RPL World-wide

World-Wide Support

At Realistic Training Options RPL, we've built up a solid track record in assisting Australian & overseas workers to successfully convert their skills into qualifications through prior learning assessment and recognition. This proven track record has helped us solidify our reputation as a industry leader for skills assessment. A sample list of Countries we have helped is; Philippines, Canada, America, New Zealand, Russia, Ireland, Scotland, England, Japan, China just to name a few.

What types of evidence do I collect for RPL?

Your evidence can be collected from a range of sources including the following:

  • Samples of your work that demonstrate your competence
  • Job Descriptions
  • Employment history which can include voluntary and work experience
  • A validation letter that confirms the authenticity of your information
  • Skills demonstration
  • Life experience
  • Industry representative from your place of employment.
  • It is advised that you are methodical with your collection - use a folder to store paper-based evidence under the unit headings, keep an overall index and use an evidence review/summary sheet as a cover page for your portfolio. By providing good quality evidence will ensure that your Realistic Training Options RPL assessor can see how it relates to the performance criteria.

Remember, the clearer and well organised your portfolio of evidence is, the easier your RPL assessor will find it to work with. To get started, simply fill out the online application form or contact Realistic Training Options RPL today on 1800 308 255 to get your skills assessed

How to Put Together a Successful Resume for a Skills Assessment

How's your resume?

Making you stand out in a crowd of qualified colleagues

Today's business world is as competitive as it is lucrative. With so many skilled and experienced peers, not to mention the graduates entering the workforce, fighting for the same limited amount of opportunities, how does one makes themselves stand out above the rest?

Your resume or CV is the single most pivotal element in job or skill assessments. While you may possess all the required skills, expertise, and experience, if you cannot market that to a potential employer or your current company, it isn't worth the paper it's written on (or not written on as the case would be!)

In order to create a professional yet powerful resume, follow the below structural tips when writing your CV:

Get creative with your wording: This doesn't mean write a fairy tale, it simply means market yourself differently. Every single person who has ever applied for a job uses words such as "reliable", "flexible", or "dependable"; while these are impressive traits they're used so often they've lost all meaning in business and employers generally can't help but yawn and move on.

Instead use words such as "consistent" or phrases such as "ready, willing, and able to go above and beyond my role for the benefit of the company/client".

Be a skills exhibitionist: Nobody likes a bragger, however when you're putting a CV together it is imperative you exhibit the skills you possess. In business, there are the Three Ps to presenting your skills to a current or potential employer:

  • Previous experience: skills learned through past work experience and education (knowledge-based skills).
  • Portable skills: Skills you bring with you to any job (transferable or 'portable' skills)
  • Personal traits: The unwavering elements of your personality that make you the employee you are.

Incorporate yourself into the business' future: Companies love visualising how you will fit into their future success – that is how they ultimately decide if you're right for the job. If you can initiate then demonstrate how you joining/progressing in the company will benefit them in the on-going future, you're well established as front runner for the job.

The most important thing about compiling your resume for a skills assessment or interview is confidence in your own abilities. You know you're right for the job, hence your application. You just need to demonstrate that on paper in an innovative way that will capture the attention of the assessors/interviewers. Following the above will set you on the right path to success

What is Good Evidence for Recognition of Prior Learning?

Help us recognize your skills

Provide the right documentation to receive recognition for your skills

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a way of using your existing skills, knowledge and experience to get a formal qualification. At the end of your course, you can attain a formal nationally accredited qualification in a shorter period of time and at a significantly lower cost than if you were to complete training through other channels.

If you would like to put RPL towards your new job or study, then you will need evidence to support this claim. There are a few documents you will need in order to successfully apply for Recognition of Prior Learning with Realistic Training Options RPL. Just some of the evidence you will need is listed below:

  • Photocopied copies of qualifications and/or results statements
  • Your resume
  • Confirmation of your attendance at training or other professional development
  • Third party verification reports
  • Samples of work-related documents
  • Performance reviews
  • Conversations

After you have given sufficient evidence to support RPL, the assessor will then determine whether the student may already have competency in a unit. They will consider whether the skills are transferable, whether the documentation provided is authentic, if the sources of evidence are credible and verifiable, and if the student's prior learning is relevant to the course.

RPL framework explained – what you need to get and how to get it

The road block that most people face when they first try to get recognition for their prior learning is the apprehension of going through official processes. People who have the necessary skills to acquire recognition in an official and accredited capacity may be people who never really excelled at taking and passing test and may view the whole process as a waste of time or even intimidating.

The truth is, however it is really not that daunting, and with the right amount of knowledge and guidance, we can assure you that if you really do have the right skills you are sure to secure official RPL status for that field of expertise.

The most important step in the process is gathering the right evidence for assessment. The assessment part of the RPL framework is always be undertaken by a teacher or expert in the field, so the evidence should be of a standard that translated easily into this sort of assessment. RPL assessment is essentially a test where past performance can be used as a factor. You will be tested in other ways such as: oral or written questioning, observation of performance in work based or simulated environments or challenge assessments but if you come to the assessment without appropriate paperwork and evidence all this will be for nought.

Understanding Recognition

Could this be you?

Over the years Jim has held a number of positions in different industry areas. The tasks Jim undertook in all positions required him to: liaise with customers; take orders from customers; record and maintain order information systems; order stock; maintain stock supplies; pack orders ready for delivery; supervise delivery staff.

He also has been a member of a local volunteer organisation where he has held positions such as secretary and committee member. A keen sportsman he is active in the local soccer club organising junior players. Jim has been unemployed at times during his career but while unemployed remained active in the community as a volunteer.

Jim is interested in a career as a supervisor as he feels his experience demonstrates the ability to supervise and manage different situations. He is finding it very difficult as he has never gained any qualifications to show the range of skills and knowledge he has as a supervisor.

He considers himself to be very experienced but is uncertain what his next step should be in trying to have this recognised. He has spoken to a number of friends who also do not know where he might go to find out some information.

This story is not uncommon; your story might be similar, although your background and experience may be very different from Jim's.

If he is serious about getting formal recognition of his skills and knowledge, Jim needs to think about:

What tasks he has undertaken at work?

What formal or informal training has been completed in any of the roles?

What tasks has he performed in the voluntary positions?

How recently were the tasks that were undertaken?

How can he validate he did these tasks?

How did recognition work?

Let's think about Jim and the steps to gain recognition for his skills.

  1. Jim searched the local newspaper and online for anyone offering supervisor training.
  2. He contacted a training provider who gave him information about two different courses offered for supervisors. The information included a pack which listed types of evidence that could be used to prove competence as a supervisor.
  3. On reading the information Jim felt they he did not need to complete the training as he could gather the evidence that was discussed in the information.
  4. He recontacted the training provider and enrolled.
  5. He gathered evidence with the guidance of the assessor from the training provider.
  6. Once Jim submitted the evidence the assessor reviewed this and rang Jim to discuss it further.
  7. This discussion identified that there was an area that required additional evidence. An agreement was reached with the assessor about what evidence could be provided.
  8. Jim resubmitted the evidence, was deemed competent, and was awarded a qualification.

Recognition is a process which varies and you will find there are differences in how individual Registered Training Organisations (training providers) offer recognition. Typically the process involves some kind of assessment of your existing skills and knowledge to determine the competencies you have.

Below is some guides for all the processes for an RPL, please download and read for a complete understanding of the process

RTO Guide 1 RTO Guide Candidate Guide 2 Candidate Guide Assessor Guide 3 Assessor Guide
Employer Guide 4 Employer Guide Sample Portfolio 5 Sample Portfolio Sample Evidence Checklist 6 Sample Evidence Checklist
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