Five Big Problems with RPL? Part 5 of 5

In Part 4 we discussed ways we can maintain compliant RPL assessment tools and practices, especially given the recent introduction of “Assessment Requirements”. This could include simple interpretation of training package content and the implementation of electronic portfolio management which can easily map RPL evidence to performance and knowledge evidence requirements. Have you considered this for your RPL assessment tools?

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RPL Problem #5: : Reducing RPL delivery and productivity costs.

How many RTOs know what their true costs of RPL delivery are? I suspect very few, if any. Of course RPL delivery costs are difficult to measure because every RPL candidate brings something different to the table and has different assessment inputs.

Anecdotally, most RTOs I speak with tell me that on average, depending on the unit level and volume of assessment requirements, each unit assessment takes somewhere around 30-60 minutes, plus or minus administration time. Does this sound about right to you?

Apart from the costs associated with maintaining compliant RPL assessment tools and generating meaningful RPL assessment outcome reports, there are a number of additional administrative costs that arise from managing paper-based RPL evidence portfolios and interviews around an assessor’s already busy schedule.

There is also a significant productivity trade-off between:
(1) candidate-gathered evidence that is valid, sufficient, authentic and current; and
(2) assessor-facilitated evidence based on the extent of additional knowledge and/or skills demonstration, observation or questioning techniques employed by the assessor needed to address any gap assessment requirements.
This productivity trade-off depends firstly on the RPL candidate’s available evidence and secondly on the confident execution of an efficient and flexible RPL process by the assessor.

For a number of years we have explored ways of “doing RPL better” that tackle these big problems… and more. If you are looking for easier, better and smarter ways to manage and conduct RPL for your RTO, contact us for further information or to arrange a free, no obligation consultation. You may never want to see a paper-based RPL kit again!

15 August 2016
© Russell Savage, WWW RPL Solutions founder, RPL123® architect and co-author of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): A Practitioner’s Guide