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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The RPL Process: Information for Candidates

In accordance with the requirements of the NVR Standards and NSW Recognition Framework, International Paramedic College provides the opportunity for students to apply for recognition of prior learning or RPL as it is commonly called.

What is Recognition of Prior Learning?

1. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL involves the assessment of previously unrecognised skills and knowledge an individual has achieved outside the formal education and training system. This unrecognised learning is assessed against the requirements of a unit of competence.

2. Credit Transfer

Credit Transfer Recognition is the acceptance of a current Certificate or Statement of Attainment from a Registered Training Organisation as completion of a unit of competence.

RPL guidelines

The following guidelines are to be followed during the preparation and application for recognition: • Any student is entitled to apply for recognition in a course or qualification in which they are currently enrolled. • Students may not apply for recognition for units of competence or qualification which are not included in International Paramedic College’s scope of registration. • Whilst students may apply for recognition at any time, they are encouraged to apply before commencing a training program. This will reduce unnecessary training and guide the student down a more efficient path to competence. • Students who are currently enrolled in a training program are eligible to apply for recognition in that program at any time, additional charges may apply. • Recognition may only be awarded for whole units of competence. Commencing the RPL Process Prior to an RPL process commencing you will be asked to complete a self-assessment initial application form against the units in which you feel you have relevant previous experience or learning. This will give both you and us the opportunity to see if you are likely to achieve recognition. If the self-assessment indicates you should proceed with an RPL application, the enrolment process will commence and the relevant fee must be paid. At this stage, you will need to submit or obtain online a USI (Unique Student Identifier)

Forms of evidence

RPL acknowledges that workplace skills and knowledge may be gained through a variety of ways including both formal and informal learning and through work-based or life experience. In evaluating assessment evidence, International Paramedic College applies the following rules of evidence: • Sufficient, • Valid, • Authentic, and • Current. Like assessment, recognition is a process whereby evidence is collected and a judgement is made by an assessor or assessment team. The judgement is made on evidence provided by candidates of the skills and knowledge that they have previously learnt through work, study, life and other experiences and that they are currently using. It also includes evidence to confirm a candidate’s ability to adapt prior learning or current competence to the context of the intended workplace or industry. Forms of evidence may include: • Work records and work resume; • Records of workplace training; • Records of previous formal training • Assessments of current skills through observation; • Assessments of current knowledge through questioning; • Third party reports from current and previous supervisors or managers; • Evidence of relevant unpaid or volunteer experience; • Examples of work products; • Portfolio of design products; • Photos and clippings • Videos or internet examples • Observation by an assessor in the workplace • Performance appraisal • Duty statements. Many of these forms of evidence would not be sufficient evidence on their own. When combined together with a number of evidence items, the candidate will start to provide a strong case for competence. If there is insufficient evidence we may ask candidates to complete additional assessment activities, your assessor will notify you of what is required.

Appealing recognition outcomes:

If the student is not satisfied with the outcomes of a recognition application, they may appeal the outcome like other assessment decisions. Further information on the appeals process is available within the Student Information Booklet and International Paramedic College policy and procedure manual.

Costs of RPL

Costs are dependent on if you are applying for single or multiple units. Contact us to discuss costs of RPL for the program you are interested in

RPL Procedure

The following steps will be applied by International Paramedic College for handling RPL applications:

Step 1: Self-Assessment

Complete and submit the initial application form which asks you to evaluate how much previous experience you have against the requirements of the unit of competency. You will also be required to indicate if you can supply evidence of your past experience. We will have a look at the results of your self-assessment and get back to you with options for proceeding, these include: • A full RPL pathway • A blend of RPL and completion of assessment task pathway • Assessment only pathway • Training and Assessment pathway

Step 2:

If you are to proceed with RPL, and IPC Assessor will contact you and discuss the following:  That you understand the RPL process i.e. a formal assessment process leading to a qualification  That you know where to access the RPL process  Whether there are any special support needs  You understand and can identify appropriate forms of evidence

Step 3:

Candidates compile and submit evidence of prior learning.

Step 4:

The Assessors will review your submitted documentation against the requirements of the Training Package. If there are gaps in the evidence the Assessor will indicate which theory and/or practical assessment questions you should complete to meet those gaps.

Step 5:

After the evaluation of all the evidence submitted the Assessor will make a decision regarding competency and inform you of their decision. If it is found that there are gaps in your prior learning suitable training options will be discussed and you will be informed of the additional fee. If you have been awarded RPL you will be issued with a Statement of Attainment or a Certificate. An overview of this process is available here

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