Recognition of Prior Learning

There are many ways that you can show evidence of the competencies you hold. Recognition of Prior Learning/Recognition of Current Competencies can only be granted on current evidence, that is, work that has been completed within the last four years.

Some examples of evidence that can be provided to demonstrate your competencies include:

  • Copies of certificates, qualifications achieved from other courses, school or tertiary results.
  • Statements outlining courses and/or study that you have undertaken and the learning outcomes/competencies achieved from these.
  • Resume of experience.
  • Reports from people within the sport.
  • Relevant work samples eg) training programs, videos of your coaching.
  • Evidence of home/self-directed study which may include a list of recent readings, synopsis of seminars attended, reports of own research/analysis undertaken.

The following sequential process has been established as the procedure to be followed when a person wishes to obtain credit of prior learning or current competencies through RPL/RCC.

Step 1 – Complete the Application Form and send to course coordinator
Application Form – RPL Club Coach
Application Form – RPL Competition Coach
Applicants will need to gather all relevant supporting documentation and complete the RPL/RCC application form. Forward this with supporting documentation to the relevant officer of the AISL Member.

Step 2 – Assessment
The application will be reviewed by an RPL/RCC assessment panel. The panel will compare the evidence provided by the applicant with the competencies required for the training program. A judgement will be made about whether the applicant wholly or partially meets the requirements. The panel should check that the evidence submitted conforms to the following RPL/RCC principles:

  • validity (is the evidence relevant?) 
  • sufficiency (is there enough evidence?) 
  • authenticity (is the evidence a true reflection of the candidate?) 
  • currency (is the evidence recent – obtained within four years?). 

The RPL/RCC assessment panel will complete and return the assessors’ reports with recommendations for the applicant.

Step 3 – Notification
The applicant will be notified of the decision within two months of receiving the application.
In the event of partial completion of the competencies, the panel will outline which competencies still need to be achieved, and preferably what evidence is still required.
Options include:

  • supply further supporting documentation 
  • complete certain assessment activities 
  • complete parts of a training program 
  • work with a mentor to obtain the required competencies. 

Successful applicants for RPL/RCC will receive the appropriate certification/accreditation, and where appropriate, will be placed on the NCAS database.

Step 4 – Appeal
The applicant has the right to appeal the RPL/RCC assessment panel's decision, if they believe the decision is unfair, unjust or if the panel has misinterpreted the evidence.

In the case of an appeal, a new assessment panel will be established. The new assessment panel will review all material available and make a decision. The RPL /RCC review assessment panel will notify the applicant of the decision within two months of receiving the appeal. The decision of the RPL/RCC review assessment panel will be final.

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