RPL is a trade recognition that enables tradesmen to obtain qualification for the skills they have learned through experience, which allows you to gain the certifications you need much faster and more cost efficient than undergoing a specific course.
Managing Director of AIOT, Warren Jack, is an advocate of utilising RPL where it is possible to save tradies and professionals time and money re-learning things they already know and had have the practical experience from time already spent in the industry.
Instead of having to start again with the training and learning to gain the certifications you need, those with prior experience can often use their current skills and knowledge to assist in obtaining their trade qualifications.
Through RPL, you can obtain a Certificate III in Carpentry in just under 15 weeks and a Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) in less than 8 weeks, depending on your current abilities and performance. However, candidates wishing to fast track their qualifications through utilising past knowledge and experience must know and understand all the requirements set by the Fair Trading NSW before selecting to use RPL.
To know about the requirements set by Fair Trading, click here.
Do you have the right experience, skills and knowledge but don’t have the qualification yet? Get the recognition you deserve through our free suitability service. All you have to do is sign up, create an account and fill out an assessment form.
We want to help you get qualified and start earning the money that a licenced tradesman should earn without the risk of working illegally. Remember that you must have enough experience in the field you are applying for.
Once you come to us, we will arrange a meeting to review your documents and an assessor will contact you to further discuss your application.
Over the course of site visits, an assessor asks you a number of questions in relation to each unit you have applied to do under RPL. These questions test your level of knowledge of the tasks undertaken in your selected area of expertise.
The assessor requests you to complete a number of job-related tasks, including:
– Building setup
– Material preparation
– Timber work
– Book work
– Use of laser level or communication on site
The assessor then takes photos of you in action and places them in your file or portfolio.
You are required to provide documentation for each unit to prove you understand and have the skills to complete selected tasks. You may provide a set of plans, frame layout, truss layout, installation guides on baths, a waste management policy or a JSA for sites and jobs that you have worked on. These documents must be related to your past works all throughout your career. Your previous employers should also be able to verify the documents.
4. Third-Party Referees
You must provide at least three referee statements to support your skills and knowledge. The referee must hold the same qualification you are seeking or higher and must have worked with you for more than six months. They should also have directly observed your work.
5. Additional Evidence
Provide any other evidence that you think may help you through this process. Photos of you carrying out a number of tasks related to the unit, previous qualifications, a current CV and letters from previous employers or clients are all helpful.
6. Closing Gaps
In case your assessor identifies a gap in your knowledge and skills, this can be managed by participating in a weekly class session. The required knowledge and skills are taught and assessed based on the required standard in class and then on site. This new skill can then be included in your documentation.