Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Nautilus Training is contracted by the Victorian Skills Commission to deliver Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) with funding from the Commission, for eligible RPL candidates.
Early childhood educators and service managers/directors, who satisfy the eligibility requirements for Government funded training and whose experience in early childhood education and care can be substantiated by reliable evidence and is sufficiently extensive, can use Nautilus Training’s RPL pathway to gain all or most of the units of competency that comprise the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113).
Being a long-standing provider of RPL, Nautilus Training knows only too well that RPL is not for everyone. As RPL uses the understandings and skills that the experienced early childhood educator or manager/director has developed over their years of providing quality care for young children, there are many people, especially those who are relatively new to the industry, who would be unable to collect sufficient evidence to satisfy the assessment requirements of the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, through RPL.
However, this does not apply to everyone – there is a significant proportion of the early childhood education and care workforce, whose experience can be translated into a body of evidence of competency that proves they deserve, on the basis of their experience, to be granted either the full Diploma or a number of units of competency from the Diploma.
Gaining a Diploma from Nautilus Training, through the workplace-based training and assessment pathway, is no ‘push-over’. Nautilus Training’s students work very hard to complete their well-earned qualification. In order to protect the excellent reputation that Nautilus Training’s graduates enjoy, RPL candidates, who achieve some or all of their Diploma through RPL with Nautilus Training, are required to demonstrate that they are just as well ‘qualified’ as anyone, who has used Nautilus Training’s workplace-based training and assessment pathway, to gain their Diploma.
RPL is not a ‘fast-track’ method of becoming qualified, as the time that goes into an educator’s working to gain the necessary experience must be considered as being part of the RPL process.
With all this in mind, it is easy to see that a successful RPL candidate with Nautilus Training can be confident that their Diploma is well deserved and underpinned by all the knowledge and skill necessary to operate at a ‘fully qualified’ level.
One of the apparent barriers to RPL was that it has been generally understood as a process that relies on the RPL candidate’s collecting, creating and submitting their evidence for themselves and with little or no support, advice and assistance. The process, which Nautilus Training has used already for many successful RPL candidates, has been designed to encourage, promote and facilitate the evidence collection and submission process. Whilst referred to as the ‘RPL assessor’, the person from Nautilus Training, who works with the RPL candidate on their submission, is there to guide and advise the candidate on how to ‘put their best (RPL) foot forward’. Visiting the workplace as they do, the RPL assessor is there, in person, to help the candidate with identifying, accessing, assembling and submitting their RPL evidence.
As can be seen from the steps in the process described further on in this information, one of the first things Nautilus Training does, prior to actually enrolling the RPL candidate, is to conduct a preliminary assessment of the available evidence of competency. This enables us to make an informed prediction about whether there is a realistic opportunity for the prospective RPL candidate to achieve their Diploma through RPL. There is no point in endeavouring to put forward a case for RPL unless it has a good chance of success.
Having been using RPL as a pathway for some time now, Nautilus Training has created and continuously improved its RPL process to a point where every candidate, who actually starts on the pathway as an RPL enrolment, can be reasonably confident that they will either attain the qualification they have targeted or need only a small amount of training (sometimes called ‘gap-training’) to be assessed as ‘competent’ in all the units required to make up the full qualification.
Scroll down to see how Nautilus Training’s RPL process works.