9 Recognition of Prior Learning: An assessment resource for VET practitioners - 3rd Edition (2012)

Recognition of Prior Learning

This publication replaces the 2008 2nd edition. It was developed by the Department to provide RTOs with an up-to-date, streamlined guide to Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) within VET assessment strategies.

The purpose of the guide is to:

  • define the nature and role of RPL in the VET context
  • demonstrate RPL's relationship to the other forms of assessment carried out by RTOs
  • show how RPL relates to assessment of competency as described in Training Packages
  • promote the use of a range of alternative methods of task based assessment and pathways to achieving recognition of skills
  • provide developers with guidelines for the development of quality, holistic assessment tools

The Publication also contains some templates which may prove useful when adapted to meet RTO assessment requirements. To view and download the templates in Word document (.doc) format, click on the links listed below.

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Preparation for RPL


Demonstration/Observation

Example - Units of Competency clustered into skill sets/qualification
Example - Instructions for candidate of demonstration/observation
Template 1 - Units of Competency clustered into skill sets/qualification
Template 5 - Instructions for candidate of demonstration/observation
Example - Evidence matrix
Example - Reporting and recording of observation/practical task
Template 2 - Evidence matrix
Template 6 - Reporting and recording of observation/practical task

Interview


Self-evaluation by candidate

Example - Interview question bank and recording document
Example - Self-evaluation form for candidate
Template 4 - Interview question bank and recording document
Template 3 - Self-evaluation form for candidate
Further supporting evidence
Example - Third party evidence report
Template 7 - Third party evidence report

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