RPL Demystified

WHAT IS RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING

RPL DEFINED

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process.  It involves assessing an individual’s relevant prior learning to determine the credit outcomes of their application for credit.  Credit reduces the amount of learning required to achieve a qualification and may be through credit transfer, articulation, recognition of prior learning or advanced standing.

RPL EXPLAINED

RPL is one of a number of processes for establishing credit or advanced standing. RPL broadens access into learning by enabling credit to be given for student achievement through other learning.  For example a B2 LAME qualified on a Boeing 737 can gain credit towards obtaining their B1 licence outcome on this aircraft without the need to complete the full Aircraft Type Course.

RPL APPLIED

To ensure consistency, fairness and transparency, QAC has a systematic, CASA approved approach to RPL including policies and procedures that govern implementation.
The typical RPL process consists of:
• providing AME / LAME with sufficient information to enable them to prepare their authenticated evidence to meet the standard required for the RPL assessment process.
• assessing, recording and reporting the outcome to CASA.

RPL ASSESSMENT

The assessment is undertaken by a QAC Approved RPL Assessor with expertise in the subject, content or skills area, as well as knowledge of and expertise in RPL assessment.  The assessment will be to the same standard as other assessments for the Aircraft Type qualification.  The QAC Approved RPL Assessor will ensure that evidence provided by you (the candidate) is valid, authentic, current and sufficient and that the process is fair, flexible, reliable and valid.

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