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Recognition Of Prior Learning Assessment

Introduction

The WIA in issuing an Amateur Operators Certificate of Proficiency, upon appliation may consider relevant qualificatons and experience, as part of its assessment process.

The WIA will not issue an Amateur Operators Certificate of Proficiency on the basis of RPL unless the candidate has passed at least one part of an approved examination, and ordinarily two parts, namely the practical assessment and the regulations qualification.

What is Recognition of Prior Learning?
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that recognises competencies you currently have, regardless of how, when or where the learning occurred. This includes competencies attained through any combination of formal or informal training and education, work experience or general life experience.
In order to apply for recognition of prior learning you must provide evidence that addresses and meets the requirements for an Amateur Operators Certificate of Proficiency Theory. Your evidence may take a variety of forms and must include:
  Certificates and/or qualifications achieved
  References from past employers
  Testimonials from clients and previous work samples
  Substantiated Curriculum Vitae
To be able to grant RPL the Nominated Assessor must be confident that the applicant is currently competent against all assessment objectives within the ACMA syllabus document and must ensure that submitted evidence is authentic, valid, reliable, current and sufficient.

Who Can Apply?
RPL is for full examinations only. Partial RPL will not be considered
RPL does not apply to Foundation Licence

Application Fee
There is a fee of $100.00 to process an application for RPL.

How does the RPL process work?
Evidence that is presented by the applicant is matched to the performance criteria contained within the ACMA syllabus applied for. The evidence is assessed using the following criteria:
  Is the prior learning relevant to the course and address the performance criteria specifically?
  Is the knowledge and skill current?
  Is it authentic and can be verified?
  Is the knowledge and skill appropriate to the level of the unit?

The WIA process will involve a WIA allocated Nominated Assessor and the WIA's Nominated Training Organisation who will make a final determination.

A Nominated Assessor may interview each candidate.

Outcomes of RPL
There are three possible outcomes of RPL. These are:
  RPL granted
  RPL declined due to insufficient evidence where further evidence will be requested
  Not yet competent.

How long will it take to be informed?
You will be notified of the outcome within 20 working days of the RPL application being lodged at the WIA Office.

What is Credit Transfer?
Credit transfer recognises any formal qualifications you have achieved. You will need to provide a copy of the qualification and a list of the units achieved. These must match the units you are mapping against. If the units are from a similar / earlier qualification you will need to map these and discuss with the relevant WIA Nominated Assessor.

Applications for RPL at the Standard and Advanced Level may be downloaded below.

The ACMA, the Austalian Regulatory Authority, is responsible for issuing all amateur station licences.

Files For Download

Application for RPL - Standard Level
RPL_Standard_Ver2.1_Nov2016.pdf

Application for RPL - Advanced Level
RPL_Advanced_V2.2_Nov2016.pdf


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