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Your Way: RPL the 'Black Box*' Approach

This face-to-face workshop is from our  suite of Your Way offerings. 

It is ready to be presented to your staff, at your venue. Need more information? Simply fill out our enquiry form below for a quote.

Clarity in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 has been achieved in a number of instances including that associated with recognition of prior learning (RPL). The requirement of implementing RPL assessment in an RTO is a component in clause 1.8 that states:

1.8 The RTO implements an assessment system that ensures that assessment (including recognition of prior learning):

a)    complies with the assessment requirements of the relevant training package or VET accredited course; and

b)   is conducted in accordance with the Principles of Assessment contained in Table 1.8-1 and the Rules of Evidence contained in Table 1.8-2.

There are a range of definitions of implement such as: “put into effect”; “execute”; “apply”; “carry out”; and “apply with implements”. Each of these definitions indicate an action is to take place and with that in consideration having RPL assessments available for immediate use can be seen as being no different to having other types of assessments available for use and compliance.

Assessors in RTOs are capable of carrying out RPL assessments that maintain the quality and rigour required by clause 1.8 of the standards. In order to do so they require practical, user-friendly RPL assessment practices and processes to be available and/or the skills and knowledge to develop and implement them in an efficient and effective manner. Clause 1.8 also goes hand in hand with clause 1.12 requiring RTOs to offer RPL.

*The ‘Black Box’ approach implies from a student’s point of view they need not necessarily be concerned with the ‘jargon of the unit’ but more focused on achieving the practical and observable aspects of competency that emerge from the ‘Black Box*’ in a user-friendly assessment environment that maintains the quality and rigour of the unit.

Key topics covered in the workshop

This workshop provides the opportunity for participants to be involved in:

  • Developing an RPL assessment kit for a specified unit of competency that considers the Principles of Assessment
  • Using a range of interpersonal and task skills to effectively implement components of the kit by conducting a virtual RPL assessment during the workshop
  • Recording the results of the assessment by providing evidence of how their professional judgement was made when considering the Rules of Evidence

Who should attend

  • CEO/Owner
  • RTO Manager
  • Compliance Staff
  • Department/Training Manager
  • Trainer/Assessor

What to expect

  • Resource kit with PowerPoint slides & templates
  • Electronic resources
  • Electronic statement of attendance


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