Recognition for RTOs
Have you been using skills recognition at your training organisation?
Some teachers have been using it successfully for years with the full support of their organisation. Others have limited exposure to it. What category do you fall into?
A starting point
If you are not sure what skills recognition is, the best place for you to start is the what is recognition page. This page explains the difference between the types of recognition and how recognition works. There are lots of different ways to describe skills recognition or recognition of prior learning (RPL) and this page helps you sort out the basics.
Most assessors and teachers have a reasonable understanding of what skills recognition is, but some have not had the opportunity to implement a successful skills recognition assessment.
Finding the right evidence is often cited by assessors as a stumbling block to skills recognition. Read more about finding and recording evidence.
There are many sites containing information about skills recognition. There is a full list at the links and tools page.
Benefits of skills recognition for assessors
If you have been using skills recognition you will know that it has the following benefits for assessors:
- Efficient delivery method - you only have to teach what the student does not know
- Elimination of duplication and therefore time saving
- Job satisfaction due to student confidence and satisfaction
- Sophisticated learning environment with experienced and mature students
The following factors can contribute to a successful skills recognition program:
- Use clear and concise communication (both written and verbal)
- Tailor communication to each student
- Tailor assessment to each student
- Focus on benefits
- Develop strategies to counter potential language and literacy issues
- Assist students to identify the value of the skills and experience they already have
- Provide both an overview and specific information about skills recognition to students
- Engage mentors from industry - supervisor involvement is a critical success determiner
You can read more about skills recognition for assessors at the FAQ page.
You may also like to find out more about assessing evidence and as a result be more confident about accepting or rejecting evidence.
Stages of the skills recognition process
There is no one prescriptive approach to skills recognition. Each assessor, trainer or teacher will probably have a slightly different methodology which they apply to each candidate.
It may help however to keep in mind these six steps to skills recognition.
It is worth noting that the first step refers to context. Understanding the context within which your student works, or wants to work, is critical to the assessment of skills recognition.
Once you understand context, you can apply one of skills recognitions great strengths - flexibility.
Stages of the recognition process: These stages might help you structure your skills recognition offerings.Source: Skills Recognition: valuing prior learning. Assessor Guide to recognition of prior learning (NSW Department of Education and Training, 2008)
|1 Context||Establishing the environment in which recognition takes place – the industry, the location, whether in a workplace or a training organisation, the level of qualification sought and so on.|
|2 Information||How everyone involved is informed about the process of recognition in consistent ways, and how candidates understand the expectations of the assessment process.|
|3 Evidence||The proof of competency - negotiated between the assessor and candidate (within guidelines). How does the candidate prove their competence? What rules are applied to this evidence?|
|4 Assessment||Collecting and measuring the evidence against the standards of performance required - using the assessment tools and recording the evidence.|
|5 Decision making||Once all evidence is collected and measured, the assessor aggregates/evaluates this and makes a decision about competency which is communicated to the candidate.|
|6 What next?||The candidate is helped to decide “where to next?” This may include ‘gap’ training to complete a qualification, advice about the next level of qualification available, career advice for the newly qualified, or the development of an action plan if not yet competent.|
- Consider your competencies
- See qualifications that match
- Find an RTO to assess you
This tool can help identify skills of a large group of students or employees for RPL purposes. It is freely available for registered users. View the Guide to GSI.
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