A Nationally Recognised Diploma, just from Work Experience?
You may be eligible for a qualification or a partial qualification and not realise it.
Even if you have never formally studied or trained in a particular area, you may have gained knowledge and skills through your education, training, work and life experience.
You could have your existing knowledge and skills formally recognised and gain credit towards a qualification through a Recognition process.
What is 'Recognition'?
Recognition is the formal acknowledgement of a person's current skills and knowledge, no matter how, when or where the learning occurred.
This is an imporatant assessment pathway, particularly for people who are considering enrolling in a course or qualification, but who may be very pressed for time. The recognition gained may considerably reduce the study time needed to obtain a qualification.
The Recognition pathway incorporates all of the following terms:
- 'Recognition of Prior Learning' or 'RPL' - previous learning and how this contributes to current competence
- 'Recognition of Current Competence' or 'RCC' - a term that emphasises the need for current competence in the skills and knowledge gained through prior learning
- 'Credit transfer' - previous formal learning that is transferred as 'credit' for part of the qualification that matches, or is equivalent to unit(s) of competency sought
How do I know if am eligible for Recognition?
Start by reading about the qualification (this can be found under 'Other Training Services') you are interested in gaining. If you think you have relevant experience and can show evidence, then you may be an eligible Recognition candidate.
What sort of evidence do I need?
Once you enrol you will compile a portfolio of evidence, it is this evidence that is assessed against the competency requirements of the qualification you want to achieve. You will work with an MTS Assessor and be provided with a Recognition Kit which will take you step by step, through the process. Here are some examples of evidence:
- Your work history
- Evidence from your current workplace
- Formal qualifications
- Informal training and professional development
- Relevant life experience and activities outside work
- Discussions of your experience through interviews
- A combination of evidence is usually required to prove competency across one or a number of units.
Where to from here?
- Decide which Nationally Recognised Qualification(s) interest you. (If you are not sure whether Recognition is suitable, you may wish to consider our Pre-Recognition Process).