Assessment is ideally a lateral, not a rigid process, yet Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) isn’t a radical shift to liberal, unqualified findings.
RPL assessors should be sensitive to the range and variety of evidence that candidates can use and generate to prove skills and knowledge.
How to Audit Knowledge, Skills and Competence for Recognition of Prior Learning
- List the specific outcomes for the award.
- For each learning outcome consider in terms of: can do / cannot do / have experience of / know and have applied.
- Practitioner to allow for discussion, reflection and self-analysis
- Record the learning outcomes as Competent / Not Yet Competent
- Identify for each learning outcome precisely how, where and when this learning took place.
- Candidate to review all learning outcomes for the identified award.
Generic Assessor Responsibilities
- Assesses and evaluates Candidate evidence against the award standards.
- Ensures evidence authenticity, currency, reliability and integrity
- Ensures the evidence has met more than 70% of all the declared learning outcomes
- Ensures the evidence presented has met the knowledge, skill and competency elements of the award.
- Judges and allocates a score to the evidence presented in terms of achieving the standard on a scale of 0 – 100% full achievement.
- Undertake further assessment of the candidate as appropriate to ensure the candidate meets the standard.
- Arrange the external authentication of the achievement of the standard by a moderator.
- Process the results.
- The assessor will score and grade the evidence in accordance with the scoring and grading mechanisms established for the award. If a qualification is described in unit standards and their specific outcomes, then the assessment criterion for those outcomes must be satisfied.
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