Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning, also known as RPL, is the recognition given to the knowledge and skills a student has acquired through work experience, education, training, and life experiences.
The Recognition of Prior Learning process involves matching the student’s knowledge and skills to the learning outcomes of nationally recognised courses to determine if the student should be given credit for specific modules.

SIT acknowledges that relevant knowledge and skills can be acquired through a variety of means, not just through formal education and training.

What are the benefits of RPL?

You can gain your qualification in a reduced amount of time; dependent on how much knowledge and skills already held.
Any credit given to you through the Recognition of Prior Learning process can be recognised by employers to assist with your career progression; and Complete via RPL units / qualifications required for trade contractor’s license.

STEPS IN THE RPL PROCESS

Step 1 – Provide information of your skills and experience
Complete the application forms and provide as much information of your previous experience in the construction industry as you can. This is your first opportunity (and not the last) to provide proof of your variety of experience in the industry. Here you can supply examples of your work history which could include:

General employment documents
Brief CV or work history
Position descriptions
Certificates/results of assessment
Details of in-house courses, workshops, seminars, orientation or induction sessions
References/letters from previous employers/supervisors
Work place documents
Any licence
Brief CV or work history
Certificates/results of assessment
Indentures/trade papers
Certificates/results of assessment – interstate/overseas
Certificates/results of assessment – universities
Tickets held eg forklift, crane, etc.
Photographs of work undertaken
Diaries/task sheets/job sheets/log books
Site training records
Site competencies held record
Membership of relevant professional associations
Hobbies/interests/special skills outside work
References/letters from previous employers/supervisors
Industry awards

Any other documentation that may demonstrate industry experience
Depending on the industry you have worked in, you may or may not have documentary evidence available. This should not deter you from seeking RPL as the Assessor will work with you during the RPL process.

You will also need to supply contact details of one or two work referees who can confirm your skills in the industry.

Step 2 – Conversation with Assessor

An assessor will review the information you have provided (usually with you) and begin to match up your skills to the units/subjects in the qualification. At this point, you will have the opportunity to discuss and identify your previous experience with the assessor who will understand your industry experience and conduct a competency conversation with you. You will be required to answer construction industry related questions to identify your current skills.
Step 3 – Practical demonstration of your skills

The assessor will conduct a practical skills test at your workplace (if appropriate) or at another suitable venue. This, again, is an opportunity to demonstrate your level of competence. This assessment will be focussed on skills that are required in the qualification. Your assessor will identify the skills that he/she will want you to demonstrate.
Further steps

After the assessment, your assessor will give you information about the skills that have been recognised and whether you have gained the full qualification. If you do have skill gaps, these may be addressed through flexible training.

This questions is asking if you have any done courses or units that could be cross credited. If yes, please list below.
Can you provide information on the following: Demonstrating all stages of customer service interactions, responding to customer feedback. Demonstrating a range of interpersonal skills, and knowledge of relevant legislation.
Can you provide information on the following: A profit and loss (P&L) report and a cash flow forecasts, and letter from your accountant that states that you comply with the taxation laws in your state or territory.
Can you provide information on the following: A Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) management plan, Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS), Job Safety Analysis (JSA), and show evidence of an ability to communicate effectively with relevant Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) specialists and management. Provide examples of identifiable hazards and assess their particular risks. Propose harm minimisation strategies and demonstrate an understanding of effective safe work methods. Demonstrate effective risk management through an ability to work with key OHS representatives. Show an understanding of specific reporting, analysis and control systems for managing such risks.
Can you provide the following; A completed contract with an owner and a subcontractor/s.
Can you provide information on the following: Purchase order (PO) preparation and issuing, handling, confirmation and payment of invoices and progress claim invoices, A bill of quantities, Quotation, Tender package, A take-off and pricing materials and labour for a simple single storey project, Materials list or PO, and List of nominated sub-contractors.
Can you provide information on the following: Purchase order (PO) preparation and issuing, handling, confirmation and payment of invoices and progress claim invoices, A bill of quantities, Quotation, Tender package, A take-off and pricing materials and labour for a simple single storey project, materials list or PO, and List of nominated sub-contractors.
Can you provide information on the following: Preparation of a construction schedule bar chart, copies of contractual documentation, building approvals and conditions relating to your project, and copies of dilapidation reports, structural reports, defect lists.
Can you provide information on the following: Administering claims, variations, and drawings for work done and materials supplied in accordance with relevant regulatory and organisational requirements. Establishing functional on-site communication systems that include the systematic gathering of information on site events, implementing a site safety policy, maintaining and monitor on-site quality processes, assessing work against construction quality standards and ensure that rework is carried out, and administering on-site project completion procedures and inform client as required.
Can you provide information on the following: Copies of contractual documentation, building approvals and conditions relating to your project. Demonstrated ability to solve specific design and construction challenges as they have arisen. Proof of correct identification of temporary services. Quotes, invoices, copies of POs. Evidence of delegation. Proof of ability to comply with prescribed HAZMAT handling procedures (site specific). Demonstrated ability to schedule contractors. Demonstrated ability to access requisite materials, skills and labour (including alternatives in cases of supply problems). Copies of dilapidation reports, structural reports, defect lists. Demonstrated knowledge of methods and procedures of site supervision.
Can you supply a set of plans to explain the below: Read and interpret plans and specifications including identification of key features, levels, contours, sections, service entry points, site features to be removed or retained and other details pertinent to the construction process. Identify the characteristics and features of sites and structures pertinent to a construction project, including: Determine correct orientation of structures on site. Establish location of key on-site features in relation to building or other structures, and Identify and incorporate customer variations to agreed plans and specifications.
Can you supply clear and effective drawings and sketches with appropriate notations and labelling of: Land boundaries and footprint of building. Orthographic drawings. Schematic drawings of wiring and pipe work. Sectional views of pool construction.
Can you provide information on the following: 3-4-5 setting out. Checking the accuracy of automatic levelling devices. Plotting and converting levels to reduced levels (RLS). Prepare contour drawings and calculate the extent of spoil from a simple excavation.
Can you provide details of a recent dispute and how it was solved or give a brief explanation of how you would resolve a business dispute or download the dispute resolution process from your local licensing authority or governing Act.
Can you supply information on the Codes and Standards from the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and plumbing code related to swimming pool and spa building and Principal Certifying Authority (PCA) certificates.
Can you supply information on the Codes and Standards from the BCA and plumbing code in relation to swimming pool and spa building.
Can you supply engineering drawings and details on information in relation to the construction of swimming pools and spas.
Can you supply information for materials used for the construction of a swimming pool or spa, including the following: Handling delivery dockets, Checking delivery against the delivery docket, Proper storage of materials on site, Compatibility of materials, Process of mechanical stress grading of steel, concrete and fiberglass, Process of testing concrete strength, Methods of corrosion resistance, and Comparisons between different types of materials.
Please note the trainer will do a follow up skills assessment to verify and confirm you are aware of the units and the evidence required will be satisfactory.