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So, you’ve made the decision to pursue recognition of prior learning - but not quite sure what comes next? Let us give you a hand.

If you’re not already across the RPL process, check out how it works here. Once you’ve had a read you’ll know that a big part of the process is identifying and gathering pieces of evidence that prove you have the skills and knowledge to satisfy the relevant unit requirements in your selected certification.

Each certification will obviously require different types of evidence. A certificate in business management won’t require the same type of evidence as a certificate in plumbing, so it’s important you first have a very solid understanding of the units in yourqualification.

However, with that said there are still plenty of common pieces that are useful to start collecting and thinking about, no matter what industry and job you’re in.

Types of evidence used for recognition of prior learning

While there is no ‘hierarchy’ of evidence you should use, there are three distinct types of evidence assessors will look for. Most candidates will use a mix of all three to achieve a portfolio of evidence that will meet the necessary criteria.

Direct Evidence

Direct evidence is when an assessor can either observe your work in-person or via video and can see your skill and knowledge in real-time.

Examples include:

  • An assessor observing you work in-person
  • An in-person skills and knowledge assessment
  • Videos of you working / completing a task

Indirect Evidence

Indirect evidence references any evidence an assessor can review or examine to determine your skill.

Examples include:

  • A finished product such as:
    • Documents
    • Pieces of communication
    • Worksite visits (particularly for trades)
  • Written assignments
  • Tests
  • A portfolio of work
  • Video of finished products
  • Photos of your work

Supplementary Evidence

Any evidence that supports your capacity that isn’t an example of your work is considered supplementary evidence.

Examples of Supplementary evidence include:

  • Job description
  • References
  • Testimonials from clients or employers
  • Work diaries
  • Evidence of past training and education

How to build your portfolio of evidence

A key tip to remember is you should be looking for quality, not quantity in your portfolio of evidence. An assessor isn’t looking for you to prove over and over you can do a job. Instead, they need sufficient evidence to make sure you have the skill and knowledge to satisfy a certificate's assessment units.

When assessing your evidence an RTO assessor will consider if your portfolio of evidence is:

Sufficient: do you have enough for an assessor to make a sound and informed judgment?

Authentic: does the evidence truly belong to you, is it trustworthy?

Reliable: can the evidence withstand scrutiny and does

Current: do you have evidence of your work and learning from the very recent past (a good indication is within the past 3 years) that will accurately represent your current skill and knowledge level?

At Skills Certified Australia our RPL facilitators support you through the entire process and will help you identify the right evidence to use for your specific certification. If you’re ready to start the process or want to learn more contact our team today.

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