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The four steps in the RPL assessment process

Step 1 – Self-Evaluation


Complete the candidate information and self-evaluation forms provided with as much information of your previous work experience as you can. This will allow for an initial assessment of your experience and a check to see whether you can demonstrate the required skills and knowledge. You can discuss this with an RPL Assessor if you want.
You must be able to provide evidence against the elements/performance criteria for the relevant unit/s of competency.
It is not enough to simply state that you possess the skills and knowledge required. You must be able to demonstrate competence.

Note: It is possible to gain RPL for an entire qualification.

Step 2 – Enrolment and interview with the Assessor


An interview with an Assessor who understands your industry will be organised for you. They will review with you the information and supporting documentation you have provided and match up your skills to the units/subjects in the qualification. During your RPL interview, your Assessor will discuss with you your self-evaluation and any evidence you have provided. Some of the questions the assessor will ask can be found in this kit.

Step 3 – Practical demonstration of your skills (if required)


Your Assessor may wish to see a demonstration of your skills. If so, the assessor will organise with you and your employer to conduct a practical skills test at your workplace (if appropriate) or other suitable location. The assessment will focus on the skills required in the work activities which relate to the qualification in which you are applying for recognition.
Step 4 – Provision of further supporting evidence


Your Assessor will need to confirm your previous work experience with someone (such as your supervisor or employer) who can vouch for your skills over a period of time. They will contact the referees you have provided as part of the candidate information. Your Assessor may ask you to give your selected workplace contacts or previous employers the Third Party report to complete. Authentication of these reports by the Assessor would then be required.