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NVPDW: Designing a Robust and User-Friendly RPL Process

28 October 2020

This 90-minute session is one of five available during the 2020 National VET PD Week. Take up the opportunity to tap into the expertise of our VET Expert in the 30-minute ‘let’s talk about’ component at the end of the presentation.  Our VET Expert will respond to your live questions and comments, any Questions on Notice and Frequently Asked Questions.

The QON for this session is now closed to allow us to send these questions to the Presenter.

About this session

Join our resident RPL Expert for this webinar session to look at a number of concepts that should drive the design and implementation of an effective and efficient, user-friendly RPL process.

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.

RPL is an assessment only pathway because the applicant is claiming to be already competent so Assessors need to be experts in the field being assessed, but they also need to avoid becoming a victim of their own expertise.  John will explore the idea of working back from the job to the unit of competency (applicants don’t think about units of competency; they think about their job!).  He will discuss the importance of staying ‘big picture’ for as long as possible and how to avoid getting bogged down in the details too soon.

This webinar is a fantastic opportunity to gain some real insights into how the following concepts can be used to streamline and simplify your RPL assessment process:  visualising competence; harnessing the power of the competency conversation; helping the applicant generate evidence; focussing on ‘natural’ documents; keep asking, “What is this evidence OF?”; understanding the rules of evidence and using them to tame “wild” evidence; and using other parties to help authenticate evidence.

Key topics covered within the session

  • The claim to competence
  • Work back from job to unit of competency
  • Staying “big picture”
  • Visualising competence
  • Competency conversations & natural documents
  • Helping the applicant “generate” evidence
  •  Using other parties to authenticate

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

28 October 2020
11:00am - 12:30pm (AEST: QLD)

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


Who should attend

  • RTO Managers
  • Compliance Managers
  • Heads of Department
  • Operational Managers
  • Training Managers
  • Trainers and Assessors
  • Consultants
  • L&D Managers
  • Curriculum Developers

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.

Opportunities to interact

  • Use a microphone to speak with trainer/attendees (Not available in all Webinars)
  • 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 John Dwyer before the session, please email

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