Have you ever thought about finding a live-in job? Live-in jobs offer many benefits such as free food and accommodation. That means you don’t have to worry about rent or utilities, with low living expenses you can save a lot in short period. Save time and gas from commute, you don’t have to drive to and from work every day. Eliminating time on the road reduces an enormous amount of stress.
Companies sometimes require live-in staff to have certain qualification in order to be considered for employment, promotion or pay increase. Can a recognized prior learning qualification help you get a live-in job? To save you starting at the bottom, get recognized for what you already know. Recognised Prior Learning or RPL is a process specifically designed to give people the official nationally recognised educational credit for skills, knowledge and experience gained through work, training, voluntary positions and life experience. There is no study required, no college attendance, no exams. RPL uses the evidence you provided to prove your skills, you need not be examined because you are using them on a daily basis. RPL can result in a full qualification, or a statement of attainment for partial completion of a qualification. RPl can definitely help you get a live-in job.
How to get RPL
1. Choose a Registered Training Organisation which is authorised to grant RPL to your chosen competency or course. Meet with an expert assessor to discuss your existing skills and knowledge.
2. Download the RPL Toolkit that outlines the evidence you need to provide to prove your competency and skills. Here’s a list of evidence that you need to submit to support the process:
• Resume or work history
• Certificates of completed courses
• References from employers outlining your responsibilities
• Letters from clients
• Evaluations from supervisors/ performance appraisals
• Site training records
• Projects or work examples
• Pay slips
• Awards and prizes
The evidence portfolio must contain evidence which verifies the authenticity of the content. It needs to be authentic, valid, reliable, current and sufficient.
3. RPL Interview – Submit your application to the RPL assessor and discuss RPL evidence portfolio. Your assessor will identify if your evidence is sufficient to determine competency for the qualification you need. If the assessor determines that there is a skill gap greater that 10%, you will be referred to gap training options. If your skill gap is less than 10% you can progress to the next stage.
4. Practical Assessment – after you provide the sufficient evidence, the assessor will come and observe you at the workplace or a simulated environment. It is not mandatory for all RPL candidates to do a practical assessment if their evidence portfolio is sufficient.
5. The assessor will talk to your supervisor or employer to discuss your work and validate your evidence portfolio.
6. You will be awarded a result of Recognition of Prior Learning if you satisfactorily completed the assessment tasks. Unsatisfactory completion requires a consultation with the assessor to discuss the best approach for successful completion.
Gaining a qualification will boost your self-esteem, confidence and sense of accomplishment because your skills are fully confirmed and validated. Adding qualifications to your resume will open the doors for promotion, increase pay and career opportunities.