Use RPL to get a recognised qualification
If you have been working 3 to 5 years in a certain line of work and have in the process acquired skills, knowledge and experience but don’t have a specific qualification to prove it, then you are the right candidate for doing an RPL.
What is RPL you ask? Well, RPL stands for Recognition of Prior Learning. According to SAQA (the South African Qualifications Authority), “Recognition of Prior Learning is the process whereby through assessment, credit is given to learning which has already been acquired in different ways.”
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a way for you to achieve competency in a whole or partial qualification through demonstration of your existing skills, knowledge and experience.
The RPL tests your knowledge and skill against the unit standards of a known NQF qualification. If you are competent in all of the unit standards of the qualification you will basically be certified / acknowledge for that qualification and be awarded a certificate of competence.
This will drastically cut down on both study time and costs.
Well, if you are certified to have 50% of the knowledge and experience of a full qualification, you basically only have to do the other 50% in order to get the full qualification…thus doing less studying and in the process paying less money towards studying.
So…if you have gained knowledge and experience in your current job, then don’t write off your skills – consider getting them recognised.
For more information you can contact any SAQA and SETA acknowledged Training Provider or College. Alternatively you can contact the SETA of the Industry you are looking to work in (ie. CETA is for Construction Industry etc). For a list of all the SETA’s please visit http://www.vocational.co.za/