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RPL

Can you get certified without formal training?

Many experienced workers have had to forego a formal education because of challenging circumstances and financial constraints. For these people obtaining formal recognition in their trade or profession is made possible through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

In today’s competitive labour market, being certified in your field of practice is essential. This is not only necessary to obtain employment but to advance one’s career.

Sadly, there are many proficient and knowledgeable workers that have never had the opportunity to secure a qualification that expresses their competencies. This trend is rife in the artisan trades where training in fields like plumbing, mechanical and electrical work is often delivered in informal ways.

Going back to a university or technical college to obtain a recognised qualification can be a daunting prospect, especially for people who are well beyond the average age of study.

RPL was developed to cater for this unique group of individuals who have the skills to contribute to society but lack the accompanying certification to prove their worth.

Recognition of Prior Learning is an international practice recommended, endorsed and recognised by organisations such as the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

RPL identifies what people know and matches their practical knowledge to specific standards. Individuals are assessed against those standards and receive credit for the skills, knowledge and experience built up through non- formal training.

The applicant will be required to provide certified evidence or demonstrate their current level of competency in a particular field.

Evidence usually takes the form of a portfolio of documents which detail the equivalent study, work or life experience for which credit is being sought. This is known as a Portfolio of Evidence .

The assessment of RPL learners can be conducted one on one or in a group setting similar to full time learners.

There are many education and training providers who offer RPL services in their respective fields of learning. Education and Training Quality Assurance bodies can be contacted to find accredited RPL centres within their sectors, or view a comprehensive list of institutions that offer RPL.

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Originally posted 2013-10-03 23:14:15. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

115753 RPL Assessor

Assessor Training

COURSE SUMMARY

  • Short name:  Conduct Assessments
  • Full description: Conduct outcomes-based assessment
  • Accredited: Yes, ETDP SETA NQF Accredited
  • SETA: Education, Training, Development & Practices Sector Education & Training Authority (ETDP Seta)  www.etdpseta.org.za
  • NQF: 5
  • Credits: 15
  • Duration: 2, 1/2 days
  • Re-Assessment fees: None
  • Assignment extensions: Up to 18 months at no additional cost.
  • Hidden fees: None
  • Workshops: Weekly in Durban
  • Recognition: Based on the National Qualifications Framework that is Nationally Accepted in South Africa, Department of Labour and Microsoft Certified courses.
  • Success rate of learner: Our success rate for complete assignments and certified learners currently is estimated at 99%.
  • Short-cuts: We don’t take any short-cuts such as POE building in the class and follow all the guidelines stipulated by SAQA and the SETA.
  • Discounts: We offer a members discount for returning students, pensioners and NGO discount. Group discounts on own venues are also offered.

Note: Any person who wants to offer their services as an accredited individual, company or a training provider can only do so with a valid SOR (Statement of Results) from the ETDP SETA. No other document/certificate can be used, even if it reflects the same unit standard.

SUPPORTING STRUCTURES

Currently we have the following supporting structures in place for our members:

  • Telephone support 7 days a week.
  • Whatsapp –
    • Cell. 0825507946 Tel. 0867227014 English.
    • Cell. Zulu 0727372733 Tel. 0318115749 English/Zulu.
  • Helpdesk – www.help.trainyoucan.co.za – 7 days a week (integrated email and sms notifications).
  • Weekly workshops in Durban on Fridays between 8am and 12am.
  • Skype support – contact helpdesk for details.
  • Members private forum with model answers to all  activities including JOB opportunities.

COURSE DETAIL

  •  This course is based on the Unit Standards 115753 – click here to read more
  • People credited with this unit standard are able to:
    • Demonstrate understanding of outcomes-based assessment;
    • Prepare for assessments;
    • Conduct assessments;
    • Provide feedback on assessments; and
    • Review assessments.
  • Purpose of the course:
    • This generic assessor unit standard is for those who assess people for their achievement of learning outcomes in terms of specified criteria using pre-designed assessment instruments. The outcomes and criteria may be defined in a range of documents including but not limited to unit standards, exit level outcomes, assessment standards, curriculum statements and qualifications.
    • Those who achieve this unit standard will be able to conduct assessments within their fields of expertise. This unit standard will contribute towards the achievement of a variety of qualifications, particularly within the fields of Education Training and Development Practices and Human Resource Development.
    • People credited with this unit standard are able to carry out assessments in a fair, valid, reliable and practicable manner that is free of all bias and discrimination, paying particular attention to the three groups targeted for redress: race, gender and disability.
  • Each learner will receive a learner guide and workbook during the contact session that will assist them with the building of their POE (Portfolio of Evidence).
  • Learner will receive full instruction from us before the course to assist with the preparation of the course. Where possible additional resources will be provided to learners who are not able to get there resources.
  • Learners are required to apply skills and knowledge obtained on the course in the workplace. As learners apply these skills, they produce evidence, which needs to be compiled into a portfolio of evidence (POE). This POE is submitted to Trainyoucan for assessment. Learners will receive a workbook and portfolio guide, which will guide them through the process. Any additional resources required will be provided by Trainyoucan to the learner, free of charge.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Training Manager
  • Mentors & Coaches
  • HR Persons
  • Training Administrators
  • Training Providers or newly registered Training Providers
  • Accredited and NON-Accredited Employee/Training Providers
  • Lecturers at Technicons, Private Colleges or Universities.
  • Managers who need to assess their staff
  • Persons with no formal experience of the SETA and the NQF
  • Recruitment Staff
  • Learning material developers looking to enhance their programmes
  • Anyone else who can benefit from assessment methodologies
  • New training providers applying for accreditation
  • Employers running learnerships.
  • Learners studying towards their ETDP Qualification

ENROLMENT REQUIREMENTS

  • The credit calculation is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in the learning area in which they will provide training. (Have scope or experience to train in a specific field.)
  • Minimum of 14 days workplace experience in training or facilitation. (part time or full time)
  • Basic communication skills (English = reading and writing skills on a NQF level 4 (Metric Level))
  • Able to attend the contact session and any of our workshops offered.
  • Access to email and where possible to the internet for research.

Learner preparation for the contact session (Classroom Training)

RPL SPECIAL NOTE: Learners can apply for RPL on the following two conditions:

RPL Option 1

They previously completed the contact session with another training provider but never completed their POE (Portfolio of Evidence). Evidence of attendance is required (alternatively produce an Avidavid with full details and dates of attendance)

or

RPL Option 2

b) The learners already working for a minimum period of 3 months in the field of education and training and who have been exposed to the principles and practices of assessment in general. 

c) Learners will be given access to various documents to be used during the assessment process in their organisation.
d) Learners will be given access to tools and instruments related to specific assessments as well as have access to candidates for assessment.
e) Learners should have an understanding of the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), National Qualifications Framework (NQF), Methods and Principles of assessment and RPL assessment in general.
f) Have an accredited and appointed mentor in the workplace on this unit standard for guidance.

Learner preparation for the contact session (Classroom Training)

a) COMPULSORY:

  • Attending the full contact session. (Classroom Session)
  • Copy of ID and CV for registration purposes. (Indicating previous workplace experience)
  • Pen and paper.
  • A4 lever arch file + 12 dividers. (Cheap dividers)

b) OPTIONAL: (Not required but for those who want to start with the research)

  • Laptop
  • Organisation or Provider policies where available or at least knowledge of the organisations assessment policy if any. These might include: *The assessment Policy of your organisation, The Moderation Policy of your organisation, The RPL Policy of your organisation, The re-assessment policy of your organisation, The appeals policy of your organisation. Where possible will TRAINYOUCAN provide template policies to learners who do not have access to these policies.
  • Copy of your organisations Assessment Guides if any implemented.
  • Visit your SETA’s website and determine if they have any policies or rules of contact for their assessors available. Where not possible will TRAINYOUCAN provide a copy of this.
  • Visit any SETA of your choice and obtain a copy of the Assessors Registration template that you must complete on completion and submit to your SETA. This is very helpful if you have any questions or answers regarding the completion of this document. (Where possible will TRAINYOUCAN provide copies of this.
  • Internet access to view additional support on our Forum

PROCESS FLOW

  1. Enrol as a learner with Trainyoucan by completing the application form. (PDF document or the online enrolment)
  2. Attend the contact session with Trainyoucan. (Each course starts with a 2 hour induction on the SETA’s and explaining the accreditation process. (Most of the learners find this very useful.)
  3. We provide you with all the learning material that you need, including a workbook that you must complete. (Outside the classroom as required by the Unit Standard and OBE Learning)
  4. You complete the workbook and submit this to our offices for assessments, or you can attend any of our FREE workshops for additional support. Any person who attended any of our courses can attend our workshops for FREE. One of the assessors can also evaluate your POE (Portfolio of Evidence) during the workshop and provide you feedback immediately.
  5. Your POE is submitted to our Assessors that will complete the assessment process and provide directly feedback to you through our online tracking system.
  6. Your file is scheduled for verification with the relevant SETA and uploaded on completion. Your final Certificate will only be issued once the SETA verified your POE for security reasons and a final SOR will be issues. (SOR, also called the “Statement of Results” will be issued by the relevant SETA once the process was completed). You MUST receive your SOR one completion from any provider as proof that you were registered. NO SOR = NO ACCREDITATION. (Bear in mind that this process can take up to 3 months to complete.
  7. We provide you with all the guidance and resources to register with the relevant SETA of your choice.

ACCREDITATION AND QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK

The criteria for the accreditation of training providers define a number of requirements that include:

  • Administrative procedures and record keeping and policies.
  • Management review
  • Authorization of affiliates
  • Tutor selection, training and performance review
  • Issuance of training certificates
  • Learner Support
  • Delivery, Assessment and Moderation practices

NOTE: There are basically two different types of accreditation:

  1. The training provider or the institute must be accredited by a SETA. “ETQA” (Their offices, policies and procedures. This can be any SETA = does not matter what type of courses they offer.)
  2. Each learning programme or qualification is accredited with the relevant SETA “ETQA” who is responsible for this programme. Also note that the word “accreditation” does not mean they SETA accredited. It must say “NQF Accredited”.

 Before you can start with any course you should ask the following questions:

  • Is the course accredited and with what SETA?
  • What is the process and duration from start to completion?
  • Are there any additional fees for support to re-submission?
  • Entry Requirements? Do you charge for registration and why?
  • What discount can I get if I do more courses with your institute?
  • What after support and resources to you offer?