Explain the RPL Process

Explain the RPL Process

Step 1 explain the RPL Process

Information is provided to help candidates understand what RPL is and the process to be followed. The aim is to help candidates determine whether RPL services offered are relevant and appropriate to their needs.

The information must:

  • Be clearly written and shows each step in the RPL process (as it relates to the candidate).
  • Be available in print and / or electronic f
  • State costs and time-lines.
  • Describe roles and responsibilities of the staff involved in the RPL process and the type of support that can be expected.
  • Specify the occupations and qualifications for which RPL services are provided.
  • Provide contact information of Candidates need to:
  • Complete a self-assessment and application f
  • Match their own knowledge, skills, and experience that are equal or similar to the occupational standards, set assessment criteria or learning outcomes.
  • Reflect on and identify learning from experience and gather concrete evidence.
Step 2 Provide information on expected requirements and self-assessments

Candidates need to compare their knowledge, skills, and experience to the requirements specified in the curriculum of relevant qualification or part qualification.

The aim is to help candidates decide if they are eligible to proceed with an application for RPL assessment.

RPL service providers need to:

  • Specify the related assessment criteria and work experience requirements per module as per the related
  • Develop application forms and self- assessment tools for candidates.
  • Develop a diagnostic assessment instrument to evaluate applications.
  • Provide clear guidelines on requirements of evidence.


Step 3 evaluate application and Self-assessment

The candidate needs to submit an application for RPL and submit some documentation and proof of prior knowledge skills or experience.

The aim is to help candidates prepare for the actual RPL assessment by identifying any gaps in relation to knowledge skills and experience.

RPL service providers will need to:

  • Evaluate the self-assessment form and evidence.
  • Conduct a verification interview to determine whether the applicant understood the content of the self- assessment.
  • Identify alternative qualifications and gaps and develop a learning and development plan, e.
    • “New Start” There is no component in which the applicant is competent and he / she must complete the full learning proc
    • “Fast Track” Applicant is competent in some of the components and can proceed on a shortened
    • learning programme to do only the components where he / she does not meet the requirements.
      • “Finishing School”The applicant is competent in most of the components and can complete a short, self-study, coaching and

      mentorship process before applying for the EISA.

      • “Finalisation”The applicant is competent in all the component areas and can apply for the
      • Make arrangements for gap training and assessment


      Candidates will have to be ready to explain how their knowledge, skills and experience (KSE’s) meet the criteria, and may need to complete written or performance tests and / or collect additional evidence.

      Step 4 assist for Preparation for assessment and conduct assessment

      Candidates complete their learning and development plan and prove their learning, skills or experience during a formal assessment process.

      If the assessment is for access to or placement within a learning programme the assessment will be conducted against the criteria and standards in the related curricula.

      If the RPL assessment is for credits, it will be conducted against the EISA criteria for the qualification at an accredited assessment centre.

      RPL service providers must:

      • Provide the applicant with a full set of learning materials.
      • Provide on-going support to the applicant during the preparation phase.

      Ensure that that the candidate is well informed of all requirements and arrangements for the final assessment.

    • Discuss the results and next steps (including appeals processes) with the applican
    • Obtain feedback from the applicant on his / her experience of the entire RPL experience.
      • Develop appropriate assessment instruments fit for RPL processes.
      • Develop assessment exemplars.
      • Ensure that all assessments are properly recorded.

      Candidates may need to –

      • complete some gap training.
      • prepare for the formal assessment process.


      In the case of RPL for access to the EISA, RPL service providers must:

      • Complete a portfolio of evidence including (application form, RPL self- assessment and evaluation template, candidate evaluation / interview checklist, appeals form, access recommendation and statement of results).


      Step 5 Provide assessment Results

      RPL service providers discuss official results of the assessment with the candidate including options if unsuccessful (appeals procedure).

      RPL service providers must:

    Submit the results to the QCTO stating that it was a RPL process. (This is a requirement for statistical purposes on the provision and implementation of RPL).

Originally posted 2021-02-05 11:25:58. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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