RPL-Credit Transfer

RPL and Credit Transfer

Credit Transfer (CT)

Credit transfer can be applied for where full qualifications or statements of attainment have been previously obtained from a nationally recognised training organisation. Certified copies of these must be provided to ITI on enrolment or within 2 days of enrolment.  Where a full qualification has been obtained, you are required to provide this as well as the testamur listing the competencies achieved.   Failure to submit certified evidence within 2 days will result in CT not being granted, students will need to undertake all units.

Certified evidence supplied will be assessed by ITI to determine what credit can be applied to your enrolment with ITI. ITI recognizes and acknowledges formal training undertaken with other registered training organisations.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Where a learner feels that he/she has already achieved a required competency, an application for RPL can be submitted to ITI. This application must be made at the time of enrolment so that it can be incorporated into the training plan for the individual. Interested students will be issued with ITI’s RPL policy and will undertake a self-assessment and a RPL interview prior to completing enrolment.

Strict guidelines apply, and where necessary evidence will need to be gathered by the learner. Examples of evidence include;

    • Work history
    • Letters from employers – previous and current
    • Demonstration of skills acquisition
    • Photographs
    • Video recordings
    • Letters form customers/clients
    • Letters/statements from other educational institutions
    • References

This recognition of prior learning (RPL) policy has been developed by Impact Training Institute (ITI) to guide students through the recognition process.  This policy helps to ensure that ITI has a fair and equitable recognition process. ITIs Recognition of Prior Learning Policy is designed to ensure the selection of the most meritorious applicants as well as to ensure clients are not exposed to repetitive and wasteful educational and development processes. This policy, when applied, contributes to the greater fairness and flexibility in recognition processes.

Principles of this policy

    • ITI recognises the AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by other Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) in accordance with its mutual recognition obligations.
    • ITI ensures that RPL is offered to all students on enrolment.
    • All of ITI’s operations are in accordance with its Code of Practice.
    • ITI recognises and acknowledges that skills and knowledge can be achieved in a number of ways, including;
      • Formal and informal training
      • Previous work experience
      • Voluntary work
      • General life experience
    • ITI has RPL procedures to determine advanced standing that a student may be entitled to in relation to a unit of competency or a module within a course.
    • RPL applicants are required to provide sufficient evidence of competence to sustain a successful RPL. The evidence required is established through the RPL process.

What is Recognition of Prior Learning?

This term refers to an assessment process that enables the recognition of competencies currently held, regardless of how, when or where the learning occurred.

Under the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015, competencies may be attained in a number of ways, this includes prior training, work experience or life experience.  RPL may be granted for a qualification, for units within a qualification, or for stand-alone units of competency.

Strict guidelines apply, and evidence will need to be gathered by the student. Examples of evidence include;

    • Work samples
    • Testimonials from clients
    • Work history in the form of a resume
    • Demonstration of skills acquisition
    • Letters/statements from other educational institutions
    • Certified references from past or current employers
    • Participation in the same or modified versions of assessment the student would be required to complete as part

of the full course

    • Direct observation or demonstration of skill or competence
    • Reflective papers, journals or portfolios that relate past learning to the learning or competency outcomes of the

current course or qualification

    • Provision of examples of the student’s work drawn from the work place, social community or other setting in

which the student applies their learning, skill or competence

    • Testimonials of learning skill or competence
    • Combinations of any of the above

In order to grant recognition of prior learning, the assessor must be confident that the student is currently competent against the endorsed industry or enterprise competency standards of Training Packages or competency outcomes as specified in Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) accredited courses.

 

Types of evidence

Evidence is any information that supports the student’s claim of competency. Different types of evidence that can be submitted include:

    • Direct evidence

Direct evidence is obtained when an assessor observes the candidate’s performance and makes judgement about whether the candidate has competently performed the required task or series of tasks. This observation could be conducted in a variety of ways. For example the assessor could observe the student performing a range of tasks in the workplace, and question the candidate; view a video of the student’s performance; or observe the student’s performance in a simulated workplace.

    • Indirect evidence

Indirect evidence is used when it is not possible or desirable for a candidate to be observed during their actual performance of tasks in the workplace; it may be too costly, involve risks or potentially breach confidentiality or privacy. Assessment methods used to collect indirect evidence could include examination of a finished product with evidence to authenticate that it is the student’s work.

    • Supplementary evidence

Supplementary evidence is additional evidence supporting direct and indirect evidence. It is often obtained through third party sources, for example, from members of the student’s work team or managers, work journals or evidence of completed training.

After enrolment, the student agrees that he/she will provide the evidence (in line with the rules of evidence and the RPL guide issued) by the agreed due date, where the student requires an extension he/she must notify the ITI assessor in writing at least 7 days prior to the due date. (one extension may be allowed at the discretion of the assessor). Where the evidence is not suitable to grant RPL or an outcome of MER (more evidence required) is obtained, one (1) re-submission will be allowed, and the evidence is required by the agreed due date for the re-submission. No extensions are allowed for re-submission.

The standard/applicable course fees and charges for the nominated program/qualification will apply. Students must pay these fees in line with the course requirements for full and/or partial RPL applications.

For more information please speak to a Learning & Development Consultant.