Recognition of Prior Learning
- ACAS recognizes applicants’ current abilities regardless of how, when or where they were acquired, and students will not be required to take instruction in a unit if they can demonstrate that they have current competency in it. Abilities may have been learned through:
- experience on the job or in ministry,
- in-service training and professional development,
- the students’ own reading,
- involvement in charity or other community organizations,
- any other informal way of learning,
- unaccredited schools, or,
- foreign schools.
- All units may be assessed through RPL.
- Applicants must show that their skills are current, and that they have the necessary knowledge and understanding.
- Applicants are assessed according to the same criteria as students taking classes. The mode of assessment may vary according to the applicant's background experience.
- Applicants who pass the assessment are not differentiated in any way from those who took the same units through formal education and the credentials are exactly the same.
- There is no limit to the number of units that may be taken by RPL and students may take the whole of a qualification by RPL. The RPL process should be monitored carefully when providing RPL for the majority of units in a qualification. The amount of credit depends on:
- what students have done
- whether it fits existing units
- the fields of study included in ACAS’s accredited scope and expertise.
- The staff person handling the RPL process must provide each student with information that:
- outlines the outcomes
- is simple enough to to help students organize their evidence to meet the outcomes.
- gives guidance in developing a portfolio of evidence.