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Focus Week: Designing a Robust and User- Friendly RPL Process

20 March 2020

This webinar is one of five available during Velg Training's dedicated Focus Week - Design.  A dedicated week of learning opportunities (one webinar per day) specifically designed to increase knowledge and skills of VET practitioners in targeted topics.

About this webinar

In the past RPL has often been an overwhelming process for the candidate AND for the assessor. It has often degenerated into a meaningless and exhausting paper chase.  This session will look at a number of concepts that should drive the design and implementation of an effective and efficient, user-friendly RPL process.

Join John Dwyer, the expert of all things RPL, as he addresses the following concepts:

Key topics covered within webinar

  • RPL is an assessment only pathway because the applicant is claiming to be already competent
  • Assessors need to be expert in the field being assessed but they need to avoid becoming a victim of their own expertise
  • Work back from the job to the unit of competency - applicants don’t think about units of competency; they think about their job
  • Stay “big picture” as long as possible – avoid getting bogged down in detail too soon
  • Visualise competence
  • Harness the power of the “competency conversation”
  • Help the applicant “generate” evidence
  • Focus on ‘natural’ documents
  • Keep asking, “What is this evidence OF?”
  • Understand the rules of evidence and use them to tame “wild” evidence
  • Use other parties to help authenticate evidence
  • Document findings effectively and efficiently

NB. Can't make the session?
We send out all electronic resources to registrants within 48 hours of the session closure. All Velg Training Webinars are scheduled in AEST (QLD time) - please check your timezone before logging onto the online training session.

Date & Time

20 March 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm (AEST: QLD)

Other timezones:
12:00pm - 1:00pm (AEDT: NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS)
11:30am - 12:30pm (ACDT: SA)
10:30am - 11:30am (ACST: NT)
9:00am - 10:00am (AWST: WA)

Who should attend

  • Compliance Managers
  • Training Managers
  • Trainers and Assessors 
  • Consultants

What to expect

Presented by John Dwyer, you will be provided with the following resources after the event:

  • PowerPoint
  • Recording of the webinar (three months access)
  • Additional electronic resources
  • Electronic Statement of Attendance


John Dwyer


John Dwyer is a national VQF/AQTF trainer/assessor and consultant with experience in education and training spanning more than 60 years. He brings extensive Registered Training Organisation (RTO) experience and has a comprehensive history in developing and delivering a range of workshops and webinars on assessment, compliance, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), moderation and validation processes relating to VQF/AQTF compliance.

Also speaking at:

Your Way: Designing a Robust and User-Friendly RPL Process

Opportunities to interact

  • Use a microphone to speak with trainer/attendees
  • Raise your 'virtual hand' to engage in discussion
  • Share your thoughts via online chat window
  • Answer online polls that provide instant group feedback

NB. If you would like to send chat questions to the presenter before the session, please email

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