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Are you considering Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to gain qualifications? You might be wondering what evidence you need to provide for RPL. Essentially, this is your portfolio of documents and materials that prove your knowledge, skills, and experience. If you're interested in pursuing RPL, here's what you need to know about the evidence required and how to submit your application.

Evidence for RPL

RPL is a process that allows people to get credit for previous learning outcomes they have achieved through work or study, helping them progress through qualifications faster. 

The certification that a student chooses will determine the specific type of evidence they have to provide.  For example, a certificate in business administration won’t require the same kind of evidence as a certificate in school-based education support. 

However, there are three distinct types of evidence that assessors commonly look for. Most people will use a mix of all three as part of their RPL assessment. No type of evidence is weighted more than the other, it essentially depends on how well it meets the Rules of Evidence and what evidence is best suited to demonstrate the requirements of each course.

Three types of evidence required

When applying for RPL, there are three types of evidence you will need to provide. These are:

Direct evidence

Direct evidence is evidence that clearly shows your skills and knowledge in a specific area. Examples of direct evidence include certificates, licences, and other formal qualifications that you have achieved. It can also include work samples, performance appraisals, and job descriptions that demonstrate your experience and expertise.

Indirect evidence

Indirect evidence is evidence that supports your claims of competence through documentation or third-party verification. Examples of indirect evidence include letters of reference, testimonials, and employer references that can support your claims.

Supplementary evidence

Supplementary evidence is any other evidence that may help support your claims. This could include articles, reports, or publications you have authored or contributed to, attendance at conferences, or any other relevant documentation that demonstrates your experience and knowledge.

The rules of submitting evidence

When building your portfolio of evidence, you need to ensure that it meets the Rules of Evidence, which require the evidence to be sufficient, authentic, reliable, and current. This means that the evidence needs to provide enough information for the assessor to make an informed judgement, must be your own work and trustworthy, should withstand scrutiny, and must be recent and accurately represent your current level of skills and knowledge.

To ensure your evidence meets the requirements, you'll need to follow these rules:

  • Authenticity - Your evidence must be genuine and verifiable. It must be your own work, and you must demonstrate the necessary skills and knowledge.
  • Currency - Your evidence must be up-to-date and relevant to the qualification you're seeking. If your evidence is outdated, you may need to provide additional evidence or undergo further training.
  • Sufficiency - Your evidence must be sufficient to demonstrate your required knowledge and skills. You must provide enough evidence to prove your competence in all areas of the qualification.
  • Relevance - Your evidence must be relevant to the qualification you're seeking. Focus on providing evidence that directly supports your claims of competence.

How to Submit Your RPL

To apply for RPL, you'll need to follow the application process set out by the Registered Training Organisation (RTO). This will usually involve completing an application form and providing your portfolio of evidence. The RTO will assess your evidence and determine if you meet the qualification requirements.

When submitting your portfolio of evidence, make sure it's well-organised and easy to follow. Label all evidence clearly and provide a brief explanation of how it demonstrates your knowledge and skills.

Get in Touch Today on How to Start Your RPL

If you're interested in RPL and want to learn more about how to get started, get in touch with Skills Certified today. Our friendly and experienced team can help you understand the evidence for RPL and guide you through the application process. With our help, you can gain the qualifications you need to achieve your career goals.

At Skills Certified, we understand that the RPL process can be overwhelming and confusing for many people. That's why we offer a comprehensive service that helps you navigate the RPL process and achieve your desired qualifications.

We provide a free skills check, to evaluate your skills and knowledge against the requirements of your desired qualification. This helps us determine whether you are eligible for RPL and which qualification you are best suited for.

Once we have determined your eligibility, we’ll match you with a registered training organisation (RTO) who can assess your skills and give you a nationally recognised qualification. We guide you through the entire RPL process, and help you gather the required evidence for your RPL application. We’ll even work with you to address any gaps in your knowledge or skills. If necessary, we provide additional training to help you fill those gaps and achieve your desired qualification.

We help you submit your RPL application and liaise with the RTO to ensure a smooth and timely application process. 

Overall, our goal is to make the RPL process as stress-free and streamlined as possible, so that you can achieve your desired qualification and advance your career. 

Get in touch with us today to start your RPL journey.

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