There are several ways to be assessed, one of which is through submitting a portfolio of all kinds of documents that show that you have met the current standards. ACAS then verifies the portfolio and assesses you. You may combine the portfolio assessment with other kinds of assessment, and it is required when writing skills are part of the outcomes.
The portfolio is not the only component and there are
other ways of demonstrating your skills.
Step 1. Reflect on your experience
What have you already learnt through your life and work experience? What have you done? At a more personal level, some people (especially those who have been out of the workforce for a while) might need to look at their self-esteem, confidence, and fears.
Step 2. Discsuss the requirements with an admission officer
At this stage, you should discuss what you have done have done with an admissions officer. As there are many options, you might need advice to select the qualification or statement of attainment that is right for you, and any optional and extra units that you think suit what you have learnt. Note: Some qualifications, especially those with hundreds of options and/or many different streams, include units that ACAS cannot assess.
As you go, discuss the requirements and relate them to your particular situation, identify the units that work best for you, identify any skill gaps, and decide out if or how you might fill them.
You almost certainly find that your assessor will need to will also need to visit your workplce, where you can talk him/her through what you do and how you do it.
Step 3. Apply to ACAS
Get an enrollment number for your admission officer, fill in the online application form, and pay admission and assessment fees. When you have been accepted, your ACAS admissions officer can give you a URL to access the ACAS website for your program.
Step 4. Describe what you have learnt
Describe what you have learnt verbally, and write it in your CV form and/or self-assessment form. You might benefit from discussion with an ACAS assessor. Here's a CV form (MS Word file Link opens new window).
Then revise and polish this document so it is more useful for the assessment process. For example, you may want to expand on important topics that you thought were important, and give less space to those that cannot be verified.
Step 5. Gather and assemble your portfolio
Gather your portfolio of documents that show that you have met the requirements. Then assemble your portfolio.
Step 6. ACAS processes your assessment
ACAS will inform you of any other assessment requirements:
- This will normally include an interview and/or a reference directly from your organization. It will not be an ordinary reference but will refer specifically to each element.
- Assessments of some practical skills might also require an onsite visit to your workplace.
ACAS verifies your portfolio, assesses you, and then issues you an assessment. This is the final assessment unless you have chosen to take extra units by later on. If deficiencies are minor, the assessor may permit adjustments but will not conduct a full second assessment. You can
appeal if you think the assessment result is unfair.
Step 7. Graduate
Receive your graduation diploma, transcript, advanced placement, or admission into a higher qualification.