RPL Competency Window

Without effective support many RPL candidates withdraw from the skills recognition process. Effective support has a number of dimensions; structural, procedural and interpersonal. 
Complexity and uncertainty undermine candidates. Candidates will have difficulty in producing evidence and persevering with the process if they perceive suspicion and negativity from the assessor or if the RTOs systems are unduly complex or unclear.  A rigorous examination of evidence need not be unsupportive.  Effective support, aligned to familiar industry practices and grounded in adult learning theory, assists the RPL process, ensuring that the candidate can demonstrate and produce the right evidence to support completion of the skills recognition process in a timely manner.  This session explores the role of effective support techniques and structures in ensuring that the What, How and Why of RPL assessments is also fair, supportive and effective.  Effective support systems support assessors and build their confidence in exercising their professional judgement.

This video is Part 2 of a keynote presentation to the Skills Recognition Conference held by the NSW Dept of Education and Training in May 2006. Brian Spencer is the Managing Director of Optin Solutions.  He was CEO of the Community Services & Health Industry Training Board in Victoria from 1995 to 2007.  Brian has worked extensively in adult learning, workplace learning and RPL. He developed a holistic approach to RPL, which is recognised nationally.  He is passionate about experiential learning and workforce development.