What is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the determination, on an individual basis, of the skills and knowledge obtained by the learner through previous training, work experience and/or life experience. RPL is used to determine the advanced standing, within a training program, that the learner may be awarded as a result of this learning/experience. RPL assessments are primarily used to determine an individual’s starting point in a course or program.

In all cases, the onus is on the applicant to document and present a convincing case to justify a claim for RPL. Whilst Reach College may provide guidance or assistance to the applicant, it remains the applicant’s responsibility to present his/her case to the satisfaction of the RPL assessor. Course participants seeking RPL must complete an application form, and provide documentation to support that application.

What is Recognition of Current Competency?

Recognition of Current Competencies (RCC) refers to the successful assessment of an individual’s ability to currently perform a task at a determined level of competency. RPL differs from RCC in that RCC focuses on an individual’s current ability to meet a competency standard, rather than an individual’s previous learning. The terms, however, are often used interchangeably.

What kinds of prior learning and experience can I use for RPL?

RPL can be awarded based on previous training you have done, whether formal or informal. It can also be granted for relevant work or other life experiences (eg volunteering, clubs, hobbies). Reach Community College recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Qualifications and Statements of Attainment issued by any other Registered Training Organisation.

How do I apply for RPL?

If you would like to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning, please tick the RPL box on your Enrolment Form. After enrolment, an RPL Assessor will contact you to discuss your RPL Pathway.

What is a vocational placement?

Some Reach Community College courses, including Early Childhood Education and Care, Aged Care and Home & Community Care, require the student to enter a vocational placement scheme for successful completion of the qualification. This placement is an opportunity for the student to demonstrate their application of skills in the workplace and be assessed on those competencies via observation.

Who is responsible for finding a vocational placement?

Students are responsible for initiating contact with the vocational placement provider. Reach Community College’s Vocational Placement Coordinator will then contact the facility to ensure the suitability of the placement and organise the Vocational Placement Agreement. More information about vocational placements can be found in the Vocational Placement Information Pack that is provided to students after enrolling.

What resources must the vocational placement provider have available?

Resources that need to be provided to the student by the vocational placement provider include (according to course):

Certificate III and Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

The Childcare Centre workplace must include:

  • • A supervisor
  • • Materials and equipment to facilitate play and leisure.
  • • Cleaning equipment and materials.
  • • Access to children of different:
    • Gender, Race and culture, Age, Interests and preferences, Social context and lifestyle, Communication style, Personality, Length of time attending service/childcare
  • • Appropriate opportunities for the following age groups:
  • • Infants:
    • ◊ Objects to explore by mouth, swinging toys, rattles, toys to encourage sensory exploration, poke, squeeze, push along floor.
    • ◊ Outdoor play
  • • For toddlers:
    • ◊ Opportunities provided indoors and outdoors to practice new skills of walking, climbing, balancing and pushing and pulling wheeled toys, dancing and toddler cycling.
  • • For 3 to 5 year olds:
    • ◊ Opportunities to develop fine motor skills such as puzzles, peg boards, beads to string, construction sets, crayons, brushes, scissors.
    • ◊ Opportunities through indoor and outdoor play to practice large muscle and fundamental movement skills such as running, jumping, throwing and catching a ball, dancing and cycling.
  • • A range of experiences in the childcare centre including:
    • ◊ Formally organised activities
    • ◊ A time and place for unplanned interaction
    • ◊ Meetings
    • ◊ Travelling
    • ◊ Walks
    • ◊ Setting up environment/venue

What is Reach College’s privacy policy?

See the Reach Community College Privacy Policy here.

Where can I find more information about other policies, fees, appeals and more?

To find out more information and policies regarding:

  • ✔ Course Delivery
  • ✔ Assessment
  • ✔ Access and Equity
  • ✔ Occupational/Work Health and Safety
  • ✔ Cheating and Plagiarism
  • ✔ Breaches of the Code of Conduct
  • ✔ Certificate Issuing
  • ✔ Appeals
  • ✔ Course Extension Terms and Conditions
  • ✔ Transfers
  • ✔ Refund of Fees
  • ✔ Complaints
  • ✔ Privacy or
  • ✔ Administration

Please refer to the Reach Community College Student Handbook.



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