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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Your quick guide to RPL G O V ERNMEN T F UNDE D C OURS E S

Do you have EXPERIENCE in the work place, and no qualification in your chosen career? You may be able to obtain a qualification sooner or reduce your study load – read on to find out more… Sheila Baxter Training Centre Pty Ltd trading as Baxter Institute | RTO: 7030 Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply to access government subsidised training. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Individuals must meet the eligibility criteria to recieve government funding.*Conditions Apply - RPL Applications are assessed in accordance with the institute’s policy and procedure.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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RPL is an assessment process that involves assessment of an individual’s relevant prior learning (including formal, informal and non-formal learning) to determine the credit outcomes of an individual application for credit.

For students who prefer tangible information on RPL please visit at Level 2, 228-236 Flinders Street Melbourne VIC 3000 or call the student support hub on 9650 0367, a student support officer will hand you or post you an information pack along with a quick guide to RPL for your preferred course selection.

Benefits of RPL You can save time by reducing or eliminating the need for any training, save money on textbooks and other learning material, gain a nationally accredited qualification in a shorter time and or advance to a higher level qualification in a shorter time.

Qualifications for which RPL can be sought Baxter Institute offers Certificate I- IV and Diploma Courses across the following training departments; Dental Technology, Automotive, Bakery, Fabrication, Business, English, Information Technology, Accounting, Beauty and Hairdressing. Visit under About Us>> view our Course Guide for more information.

Units of Competency per Qualification Visit under About Us>> view our Course Guide for more information or under Future Students >> view courses.

How to Apply for RPL For students that wish to make an RPL application, they must complete a standard enrolment form prior to completing an RPL application form. The Application for enrolment form will vary depending on the type of applicant: • AD101 Application for Enrolment – International Students • AD128.a - Application for Enrolment – Victorian Training Plan • AD128.c - Application for Enrolment – Fee for service students (full fee paying)

All candidates complete: • SS105 Student RPL Application Form NB: Candidates must attach a completed evidence guide, self assessment checklist and documentary evidence (if available and relevant to the application) to make a valid application (refer to the information pack for definitions and examples). Talk to our friendly student support staff to learn what the requirements are before you commence your application.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Q. How do I apply for RPL? A. Contact the Baxter Institute’s marketing team on 9650 0367, we will send you an RPL information pack. After reading the information pack, you should have a better understanding of what might be involved in a RPL assessment. Using the suggested list of documentary evidence (evidence guide), you will need to build a portfolio of your documentary evidence to prove your skills and knowledge. You should complete the self assessment checklist and then apply for the units of competency you wish to seek RPL using the RPL application form. The evidence guide, portfolio and self assessment checklist must be attached to the application form to make a valid application.

Q. How much will it cost? A. The tuition fees for conducting a RPL assessment vary with the type of candidate. For International and Fee for service^ candidates the fees applicable are: • RPL Course Application Fee $ 300 • RPL Fee per theory unit $ 250 • RPL Fee per practical units $ 500 (plus material fee) * * Subject to course selection ^If a student is not eligible for government subsidised RPL or if the qualification the student is interested in is not government subsidised, the fees are subject to variance on a commercial basis. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply to access government subsidised training. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding.

Q. How do I prepare for a RPL assessment? A. Gather your documentary evidence and build a portfolio. You should collate sufficient documentary evidence to demonstrate your current skills and knowledge over a period of time. Your evidence must be relevant to the unit(s) of competency of which RPL is being sought. Alternatively you can prepare to undertake more assessments to gather further evidence (i.e. practical task or conversation) if required.

Q. What does documentary evidence mean? A. The assessor will require evidence that prove your skills and knowledge to match your existing skills to the requirements of the unit of competency. You should gather various applicable documents for this purpose. The assessor will also work with you to identify the most appropriate evidence you could provide to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. Examples of evidence may include but is not limited to: • Photos of actual work examples • Training certificates • Resume and references • Eye-witness testimonies • Staff assessment and self appraisal • Job sheets • Workplace documents •ETC

Q. What is involved in the RPL process?

1 The RPL Assessment process may be completed at this stage or the assessor may ask the candidiate to udnerdate more assesments to gather further evidence.

Further evidence requried (if applicable)

Information, Self Assessment & RPL Application


Interview & Evidence Review

3 Conversation

Further evidence requried (if applicable)

4 Practical Assessment

Identification of Gap Training (Recommended only)

5 Issue Qualification/Statement of Attainment

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. How will you be assessed?

Q. If I cannot successfully complete all my RPL assessments what other options do I have for gaining my qualification?

A. A combination of evidence gathering methods are used to assess the candidate during the RPL assessment, including:

A. You can enrol to undertake further training as an option to gain the qualification.

Initial evidence gathering

Q. Do I have to be currently employed?

• Documentary evidence • Initial interview

A. Not necessarily, if you have current skills and knowledge but are not employed you can apply for RPL. This would mean that the practical tasks (if necessary) will occur at the institute’s simulated workshop. Volunteer work in the industry could generate evidence to satisfy the RPL process.

Further evidence gathering • Conversation • Practical Task Observation Supporting Documentation • Third party report

Q. Can I RPL a whole qualification? A. Some candidates have gained the entire qualification through the RPL process. This is dependent on the evidence gathered during the assessment process. Some candidates partially attain the qualification or simply apply for one or two units of competency to suit their employment/career goals. If you partially complete the qualification through the RPL process, you may undertake training to attain the entire qualification.

Q. Is the qualification I gain through the RPL pathway recognised in the same way as a qualification gained through formal training? A. Irrespective of where you learn your skills and knowledge, if you satisfy the requirements of the RPL assessment your skills and knowledge will be recognised. The qualification obtained through RPL is equivalent to the qualification obtained through attending formal training.

Q. How will Baxter Institute support me during my RPL assessment? A. Baxter institute offers many student support services to those who enrol at the institute. The institute’s student support department offers special assistance in dealing with issues of language and cultural differences. The department has multicultural support staff that assist students with language barriers and academic issues. The institute has an English Language Centre for students who require English language training. Additionally for those students who wish to improve their speaking and listening skills, the language centre runs free conversation classes. RPL candidates are encouraged to access these support services during their enrolment. The institute also offers flexible arrangements such as scheduling assessments in the evenings on weekdays or during the weekends, to help candidates avoid work commitments. The institute’s simulated training facilities are located in within close proximity of the CBD, which is close to public transport.

Q. What if my literacy skills are low? A. If you have low literacy, depending on the unit of competency you select you may be able to gain literacy support. RPL Assessors encourage RPL candidates and make reasonable adjustments to the RPL assessments where necessary. You should inform your assessor of this during the initial interview.

“ If you satisfy the requirements of the RPL assessment your skills and knowledge will be recognised “

Q. How long will the RPL process take? A. The assessor is expected to complete the RPL assessment within three months of receiving an RPL application. However you and your assessor may agree on a suitable time frame.

Q. How will I be notified of the decision? A. Your assessor will be advised you of your RPL assessment outcome. In addition the student support department will send you a formal notification of whether your assessment was successful or not. You are expected to request for your qualification/statement of attainment. Your assessor will discuss this in more detail with you after the completion of your assessment. (Refer to our P08 – Complaints and Appeal policy on our website for more information).

Q. What if you are not happy with the RPL process? A. If you are not happy with any aspect of your RPL assessment process, you are encouraged to raise your concerns informally in the first instance. Wherever possible, concerns should be discussed with the assessor. If an effective solution cannot be found, you may proceed to lodge an official appeal or complaint. You will be contacted by the student support department to resolve your appeal or complaint as soon as possible. Where an appeal relates to an assessment decision, the institute will appoint another assessor to validate the assessment judgement and evidence gathered. The candidate will be issued a formal letter informing them of the following; the decision, the basis for the decision and information on further avenues for an external appeal.

Q. Where can I find more information about RPL? A. More information about applying for RPL and the assessment process is available in the RPL information pack. Download the Information Pack from the Baxter website or alternatively call for more information. Come and visit us at the Baxter Head office so you can collect an information pack and have a chat to us about your current situation. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Contact our Marketing Team today! Level 2, 228-236 Flinders St, Melbourne, VIC, Australia 3000 Phone: 03 9650 0367 Email: Web: Facebook:

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