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Advertise Carefully - #4 - 10 tips to doing RPL better!

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Build accurate expectations

Expectation, motivation and frustration are intrinsically entwined.

Over 50% of assessors interviewed as part of Deb Carr's research said 'expectations of RPL being easy/quick presented candidates with mindset challenges down the track.

Some candidates expect that RPL is just a given, a tick and flick, "I've done this for 15 years, just give me the qualification" - there's no necessity to work for it. If it's going to take effort, I will just do the coursework. "hang on, I've paid for this, where's my qualification?"

One assessor said a quote from the multitudes - 'I just need to put a whole heap of documents together and send it off'. There is more effort, more understanding, more reading than the messages in the promotional material".

This is really a tricky space because some RTOs do provide a 'tick and flick' RPL and can candidates be to blame for seeking the path of least resistance. On the other side of the coin, perhaps some RTOs do make it harder than it has to be?

This session looks at ways RPL can be promoted by your RTO in integral and attractive ways through the eyes of consumers and experienced assessors.

If I were an RTO I would:

#4 - Advertise Carefully – build accurate expectations 

Most RTOs are less than enthusiastic when it comes to offering RPL – “It’s easier to just do the course” is heard way too often.

Why are more countries becoming interested in RPL?
Why do learners want to be recognised?

These events share Deb Carr's research on what RTOs can do to make RPL a more efficient and effective option without blowing the budget.


Webinar details

Date: Friday 17 July 2020

Time: 10.30am AEST 

Duration: 1 hour

Investment: $55.00 inc GST.


Deb Carr - Founder, Think About Learning

Deb has worked in the VET sector for 10 years starting as a VET teacher at Charles Darwin University. She has managed a private RTO, acted as the Director for VET Strategy Policy for Northern Territory Government and runs her own learning design consultancy. She has developed and registered two accredited courses with ASQA, conducted internal audits for ACPET (ITECA) members and designed numerous training and assessment resources (including RPL) for multitudes of qualifications and cohorts.

Deb has just completed a Master of Education – Global Learning ‘The RPL Candidate – a neglected stakeholder’. Deb gathered information from 21 different assessors with experience of over 5000 RPL assessments across all AQF levels, all RTO types and many different training packages. She conducted an exploratory study into the lived experience of eight TAE RPL candidates. Her study included an international tour to the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning in Germany and the Thailand Professional Qualification Institute in Bangkok. Together these studies give enormous insight into the problems and possible solutions that can enable more effective and efficient RPL practices and overall, a more responsive RPL national system. 

Deb’s study has been recognised by NCVER as she received a NCVER scholarship to present her research at the No Frills annual conference in 2019. She is on the NCVER Project Advisory Committee for an exploratory study into how RPL is being used across Australia. This study has been commissioned by the Australian Government. 

Deb has also worked for one of the largest municipalities in Victoria leading the Learning Unit which takes carriage of the Lifelong Learning Strategy and the Youth Jobs Strategy. Two major projects are under way; 1/ to trial different ways to reach and re-engage vulnerable learners and 2/ to trial different ways that empower young jobseekers. She works closely with the Victorian Adult Community Education (ACE) sector. 

Deb’s broad range of experience and knowledge informs her pragmatic approach to everything ‘learning’. Deb is a proud VET product, with Diplomas in Business, Community Services and Training Design and Development. She has personally utilised and conducted RPL. She firmly believes VET is the educative sector which best responds to the rapidity of change in the modern work world and is Australia’s most effective vehicle for social-economic mobility.


A Statement of Attendance is issued on completion of live event activities.


Note the video recording of the live event will be available to all participants for 30 days after the event.



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