Do you have work experience but lack the qualification to back it up? Recognition of Prior Learning is an excellent way to get your expertise accredited.
Simply put, RPL helps learners gain credits by assessing the knowledge and experience they already have. This allows experienced workers to obtain a qualification in a shorter space of time.
Very often individuals with more experience and more knowledge in a specific field are being overlooked because they don't have the official documentation to prove their expertise.
Without a qualification it is incredibly difficult to land a job or get a promotion even if you know more than the varsity graduate or newest transfer.
RPL gives such an individual the opportunity to get accredited in their field without going through the lengthy process of completing a diploma or degree from start to finish.
The amount of years of experience you will need in order to apply will depend largely on the industry you are in, but most sectors require an average of 5 years.
Despite the obvious benefits of RPL many people are still hesitant to get assessed. According to the trainers at Milzet Holdings (Pty) Ltd , this uncertainty can be attributed to a lack of knowledge about the process.
RPL specialist Dr Zachariah Chanda lists some of the obstacles that applicants may encounter, in order to better prepare individuals for this process.
“Portfolio-based RPL models are said to be a barrier for some candidates as they experience difficulties in compiling evidence...also candidates have problems getting hold of their historical evidence or documented proof.”
Learning to compile a Portfolio of Evidence is a skill that individuals will learn as they participate in this process.
Confusing language can scare interested parties. “RPL comes with new concepts like recognition of current competencies, fast-track assessment, accelerated leaning, qualification framework, unit standard and credit transfer etc”. These terms may seem particularly intimidating to individuals who are unfamiliar with academic environments.
According to Dr. Chanda complex processes can also cause fear. “RPL implementation has a tendency to include lengthy and heavy administration processes. The whole RPL process requires communication skills that are gained through academic learning, which most candidates lack.”
While these factors are a very real concern to prospective candidates it should not dissuade individuals from being assessed. Instead of avoiding this process, try your best to educate yourself about these matters. Find out about the time, cost and support you will need to succeed.
It is also important to remember that while RPL is designed to assess your skills, it provides a platform to learn some new ones, so see this as an opportunity to grow in new areas.
RPL could be the stepping stone you need to move forward in your life and career.
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