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RPL graphicHow to get RPL for Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

 

"RPL's too hard. I may as well just do the course."

Sound familiar? It's the frustrating reality for many people who want RPL in most qualifications. We've had similar experiences ourselves. But does it have to be this way? What if there was a better way to get RPL.

Here's how SAVE Training make it just a bit easier to get recognised by listening to your needs, being honest, open, transparent, and willing to be of service.

How easy can RPL be?

If you could just give us a copy of your CV and a glowing reference letter from your best mate, everyone would have the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and the qualification would ultimately lose its value.

There's no escaping the fact that RPL requires an investment of time and effort.

Anyone who gets a nationally recognised qualification, RPL or otherwise, must earn it. They have to clearly demonstrate how they meet the requirements. And this is where training providers get it wrong. They make it unbelievably complex for you to demonstrate how you already meet the requirements of the qualification.

 

 

Josh frustrated with RPLWhy do they make it so hard?

It's easier to make it hard.

What many providers don't want you to know is that they are required under the Standards to offer RPL. But if you don't invoke their RPL process they can send you down the learning factory production line with everyone else. Economies of scale mean you're more cost effective and you bring a better profit margin to the business. When you look at it as a numbers game, it becomes easy to see why it's made so difficult.

So why would SAVE Training be any different?

It's a good question but fundamentally flawed in the assumption that we have a "production line" approach to learning to begin with. We don't have a mould to squish you into. We devote time, energy and attention to each and every client who enrols with us, RPL or not. Therefore, we make no more or less money if you go down the RPL pathway or you don't and our fees don't vary for either service. Whichever you choose, we'll come along for the ride with you and support you along the way.

 

 

Are you thinking of applying for RPL?

This is wonderful news. We love helping people get recognised for their hard-earned skills and experience. Recognition of Prior Learning is a process where a person is assessed against one or more units of competency based on evidence of their existing skills and knowledge. If you genuinely have sufficient knowledge and skills directly relevant to part or all of the qualification, and you can prove it with evidence, you can be recognised for it and may not have to undertake that part of the course.

Everyone is different and we are here to help you determine the best pathway to get your Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. We have no interest in making the experience more complex than it needs to be.

 

Am I Eligible?

The challenge with RPL in the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is that it is a very Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector-heavy qualification. This creates a “chicken and the egg” situation. Usually the people who get RPL for most of the qualification are people who have significant experience working within the VET sector. To work within the VET sector, however, you typically need a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

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If you’re an experienced trainer, teacher or lecturer, but have little-to-no experience working in VET (e.g., training and assessing at TAFE or a private Registered Training Organisation (RTO)), you may find this frustrating; your RPL may be limited to two or three units (out of ten). This is because there is so much VET context ‘baked in’ to the units within the qualification.

It’s not a SAVE Training thing - that’s just the nature of this nationally agreed qualification and is the same no matter where you do the course.

In the following section we give you the opportunity to do a bit of self assessment against the units for this course. Most people find they have RPL in some but not all of the units.

 

 

What if I’m experienced but have no evidence to prove it?

Sometimes circumstances are that you know you have a lot of experience but you just don’t have any evidence to prove it. The best solution to this is an assessment-only pathway. This means that you just complete the assessment tasks for each unit you are experienced with, instead of doing all the learning activities. We will help you determine areas of strength and where to take this approach.

 

What if I get RPL in only some units but not all?

This is actually the most common scenario for RPL because the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is such a broad qualification. Rarely do people have significant proven experience in every unit of the course. As a result you simply get RPL in some units, and then we develop a special learning plan for you to complete the remainder of the units online.

It won’t cost you any extra.

 

What if my RPL is unsuccessful?

While successful RPL claims can significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to get your qualification, there is still a significant up-front investment of time from you. So we want you to enter into an RPL process confident in a positive outcome. That’s why we’re so keen to provide you with as much information as possible before proceeding.

Read on! This topic has some excellent information to help you determine if RPL is the right pathway for you.

If your RPL is not successful then you simply complete our standard online course. It won’t cost any extra, it'll just take a bit longer.

 

Can I just try for RPL even if I’m unsure?

No, we strongly recommend you get confident in RPL before applying. Start by reading this topic in full, then chatting with our friendly assessors before making a decision. RPL can significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to get your qualification but it’s still a time-consuming process for you regardless of the outcome.

Why waste valuable time that you could be spending on just getting the course done?

 

What about my previous qualifications?

Most other qualifications don’t map well to the specific criteria in the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment units of competency. Rarely is an RPL claim successful when it’s based purely on another qualification (such as an overseas instructor qualification, or a higher-education degree). You can however include your education-related qualifications in a broader RPL claim that includes your recent relevant experience. We'll help you do that!

Note: If you hold TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, we have a special transition program for that. It’s streamlined and more affordable.

 

What if I don’t have recent experience?

If you haven’t been involved in adult education and training within the couple of years RPL is usually difficult to attain. This is due to the rule of currency in evidence. We must be able to base the RPL assessment on current evidence of your skills and knowledge. If this is you, ask your assessor about an assessment-only pathway to achieving your qualification.

 

I’m concerned about confidentiality and privacy of my evidence.

We understand. RPL can draw on private and confidential details of both yourself and your own students and clients, as well as intellectual property. If you’re supplying documentary evidence that identifies others (including businesses) you are encouraged to blank out names for privacy. We may, only with your consent, contact third parties to verify the authenticity of what you tell us and show us.

Rest assured, as a Registered Training Organisation, we are strictly bound by the Australian Privacy Principles. Many large private, defence and government organisations trust us with their sensitive information to provide them with training services. We will hold your details in the strictest of confidence and destroy securely once retention periods have expired (currently six months as required by the Australian Skills Quality Authority). We are generally happy to sign basic non-disclosure agreements where required and if deemed necessary.

 

Free consultation.

The idea of RPL is to be flexible. We want to accomodate the uniqueness and nuances of your personal situation. Fill in your details below and we will send you a free information kit detailing what evidence other successful RPL applicants have provided. You can also book a time for a free consultation with our assessor - no obligation!

 

 

Who usually gets RPL?

While everyone’s circumstances will be different, here are some common scenarios for RPL based on people’s experience against each unit.

Pro-tip: As you work through the following table, take note of any units you feel you are strong in. This will be useful when you commence your RPL claim. 

 

 

UNIT

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

TAEDES401 Design and develop learning programs

This is a very VET-specific unit. Someone who gets RPL in this unit will be able to prove that they have recently designed courses for a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) within the VET sector (e.g., TAFE or a private RTO).


People who have previously been successful with RPL in this unit were typically:

  • TAFE teachers
  • Trainer/assessors at private RTOs
  • VET consultants
  • Instructional designers who have developed courses specifically for VET programs

TAEDES402 Use training packages and accredited courses to meet client needs

This is a very VET-specific unit. Someone who gets RPL in this unit will be able to prove that they have recently worked with Nationally Recognised Training Packages and/or Accredited Courses from Training.gov.au for a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) within the VET sector (e.g., TAFE or a private RTO).


People who have previously been successful with RPL in this unit were typically:

  • TAFE teachers
  • Trainer/assessors at private RTOs
  • RTO assessors
  • VET consultants
  • Instructional designers who have developed courses specifically for VET programs

TAEDEL401 Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning

Someone who gets RPL in this unit will be able to prove that they have recent, significant experience facilitating learning with groups of adults, typically within a vocational education context. It’s more than just ‘lecturing’ and covers a range of delivery and facilitation skills and knowledge.


People who have previously been successful with RPL in this unit were typically:

  • TAFE teachers
  • Trainer/assessors at private RTOs
  • English language teachers of adults
  • Teachers at community colleges
  • University lecturers and tutors
  • Defence force instructors
  • Workplace trainers (with groups of 8+ people)
  • VET in schools teachers at secondary schools
  • People who deliver workshops and training sessions at seminars and conferences.

Please note: unfortunately school teachers (unless experienced with VET in Schools program) and early childhood educators rarely get RPL in this unit, unless they also have significant, recent adult education experience.

TAEDEL402 Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace

Someone who gets RPL in this unit will be able to prove that they have recent, significant experience facilitating formal learning with individuals (1-on-1 training with adults) within a real workplace. It’s about utilising a real functioning work environment as a resource for learning. It would need to be formalised including documented plans and learning outcomes.


People who have previously been successful with RPL in this unit were typically:

  • TAFE teachers working with apprentices and trainees
  • Trainer/assessors at private RTOs working with apprentices and trainees
  • Senior workers who are responsible for formal 1-on-1 staff training on the job.
  • Business owners and managers who have implemented formal training with individual staff.
  • Business coaches and mentors who formalise the process
  • Defence force instructors who work specifically with individuals in a formal way.
  • Heavy-vehicle driving instructors
  • Performance coaches (of adults where there is a clear vocational outcome)
  • Tutors (of adults where there is a clear vocational outcome)
  • Sports or creative arts coaches (of adults where there is a clear vocational outcome)

Please note: unfortunately teachers of children, school teachers (unless experienced with VET in Schools program) and early childhood educators rarely get RPL in this unit, unless they also have significant, recent adult education experience.

BSBCMM401 Make a presentation

Someone who gets RPL in this unit will be able to prove that they have recent, significant experience doing presentations.


People who have previously been successful with RPL in this unit were typically:

  • Teachers
  • Lecturers
  • Trainers
  • Business people and managers who do presentations at work
  • People who present at seminars and conferences
  • Anyone who does a lot of presentations in a professional context.

TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills

This is a very VET-specific unit. Someone who gets RPL in this unit will be able to prove that they have recent and significant experience determining the LLN needs of vocational learners, and addressing those needs in a training and assessment environment. They will typically have experience using the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) or Core Skills for Work (CSfW) Framework.


People who have previously been successful with RPL in this unit were typically:

  • TAFE teachers
  • Trainer/assessors at private RTOs
  • RTO assessors
  • VET in Schools teachers

TAEASS401 Plan assessment activities and processes

This is a very VET-specific unit. Someone who gets RPL in this unit will be able to prove that they have significant and recent experience planning competency-based assessments. These must be based on units of competency from Nationally Recognised Training Packages and/or Accredited Courses from Training.gov.au for a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) within the VET sector (e.g., TAFE or a private RTO).


People who have previously been successful with RPL in this unit were typically:

  • TAFE teachers
  • Trainer/assessors at private RTOs
  • RTO assessors
  • VET in Schools teachers

TAEASS402 Assess competence

This is a very VET-specific unit. Someone who gets RPL in this unit will be able to prove that they have significant and recent experience conducting competency-based assessments. These must be based on units of competency from Nationally Recognised Training Packages and/or Accredited Courses from Training.gov.au for a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) within the VET sector (e.g., TAFE or a private RTO).


People who have previously been successful with RPL in this unit were typically:

  • TAFE teacher/assessors
  • Trainer/assessors at private RTOs
  • VET in Schools teachers (who also assess)

TAEASS403 Participate in assessment validation

This is a very VET-specific unit. Someone who gets RPL in this unit will be able to prove that they have significant and recent experience validating competency-based assessments. These must be based on units of competency from Nationally Recognised Training Packages and/or Accredited Courses from Training.gov.au for a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) within the VET sector (e.g., TAFE or a private RTO).


People who have previously been successful with RPL in this unit were typically:

  • TAFE teacher/assessors
  • Trainer/assessors at private RTOs
  • VET consultants

TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools

This is a very VET-specific unit. Someone who gets RPL in this unit will be able to prove that they have significant and recent experience developing full assessment tools. These must be based on units of competency from Nationally Recognised Training Packages and/or Accredited Courses from Training.gov.au for a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) within the VET sector (e.g., TAFE or a private RTO).


People who have previously been successful with RPL in this unit were typically:

  • TAFE Head Teachers
  • Senior trainer/assessors at private RTOs
  • VET consultants