Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) has become a popular pathway for many Australians, and it’s no surprise why. It allows individuals to easily have their skills, understanding and experience in a particular field of work converted into a nationally recognised qualification.
You might be asking the question, is RPL right for me? Let’s take a look at the top 5 reasons people get qualified through RPL to see if the benefits could apply to you too.
Formally validates your skills
You know you’ve got the skills, your employer knows you’ve got the skills; it’s time to go after that formal recognition! RPL acknowledges the skills and experience you’ve developed in the workforce, and helps to achieve the qualification that will set you up for future success.
RPL is an asset when applying for a new job, and individuals use it to put their skills on paper, making it easy to show future employers that they're qualified to do the job.
Enables further study
RPL is highly beneficial for individuals interested in further study and career advancement. It’s a quick and uncomplicated process that creates a pathway for higher education or training programs.
For example, if you work in the Building and Construction industry, and your goal is to one day study Construction Management at university, you may first need to complete an Advanced Diploma of Building and Construction (Management) - CPC60220 (offered by Building Trades Australia, RTO: 30979). RPL will streamline this process for you and get you closer to your goals, without having to undertake any unnecessary study.
Eliminates repetitive learning
Individuals who are time savvy and proactive seek RPL assessment, as opposed to undertaking unnecessary repeat coursework.
When building a portfolio of evidence, it’s a requirement to prove that you have the required skills. The relevant partner RTO will then assess your skills against the core units of study in the qualification, ensuring you can avoid any repetitive learning.
Qualifications are achieved faster
One of the most appealing features of RPL is its ability to fast track a qualification. The skills and experience you’ve gained in the workforce are recognised, and your competency is assessed against the coursework in the qualification you’re seeking. Depending on your level of experience, this process can significantly reduce the time it takes to gain a formal qualification.
In addition, you’ll also be able to continue working and earning money during the RPL process.
Creates an opportunity to earn more or gain a promotion
RPL is the gateway for career progression. There’s no denying a qualification looks great on your resume and can help you land your next job. A qualification gives you credibility, which is integral when seeking a pay rise or a new job with a higher salary. The university pathway isn’t for everyone, and RPL has become a popular option for professionals who are passionate about gaining experience in the workforce, whilst simultaneously achieving career growth.
You can read about the benefits of RPL here. Or, if you’re sold on the idea of getting your hard work and commitment converted into a nationally recognised qualification, you can start the RPL process today. The team at Skills Certified Australia are here to guide you on the journey. Get in touch with us to discuss your career goals!