How will I be assessed?
Obtaining the evidence
To demonstrate what you know and can do, you will need to present evidence as part of an overall assessment process that will meet the learning outcomes of the module. This evidence might include presenting a portfolio of evidence, submitting examples of your work, taking an oral or written challenge activity, being observed in an actual workplace or classroom setting, or some combination of these options.
Types of evidence
Samples of your work - Do you make things with your hands? Do you paint or draw? If you need this sort of evidence for your application you may be able to bring something you have made, such as clothing or a design for a house. If you cannot bring it to the assessment, you can take a photo. If it was made at work your employer will need to validate that it is your work. If you made it at home you can complete a statutory declaration.
Video or audiotape - Can you make a video or an audiotape of yourself that shows what you can do? You could use this as evidence if you want to show that you have interview skills or skills in organising a meeting.
Qualifications - You need original documents of your qualifications, your results from college, university, high school etc for evidence. If qualifications of any sort are older than five years then they must be supported by more up-to-date evidence of continued application of the relevant competency/module. Training package qualifications are competency based and indicate that their holders have applied their skills and knowledge in a workplace or work situation.
Letter - You can use letters to show that you have learned things at work or as part of your life experience. Your employer can write a letter for you on company letterhead. If you work for a community group, the committee may write the reference.
Evidence that is older than three years must be supported by more up-to-date evidence of continued application.
How long will it take to assess my application?
You should receive written notification within three week of lodging your application. The time taken to process applications will vary (especially at peak enrolment periods) and you should be notified by your assessor of any variation to the time frame.
A qualified assessor will review your application. The assessor will be looking for evidence that is relevant, valid, reliable, authentic, current and sufficient. Your evidence must demonstrate that your knowledge and skills match the learning outcomes/competencies of the module for which you have applied for recognition.
If you are unable to provide documentary evidence that satisfies you can competently perform the task taught in the module, then you may be given the opportunity to display your skill in a challenge activity. The activity will be similar to that which you would do if you attended class and did the assessments. The challenge activity will relate to the learning outcomes of the module.
You may be able to combine your method of RPL assessment by providing documents for part of the module and doing a challenge activity for the rest. If you choose to be tested by portfolio, and the portfolio is not adequate to demonstrate competence, then you may be given an opportunity to undertake a challenge activity.