Moving out of the Dip VET RPL bog!

Man reviewing papers

Every now and then, a graduating student writes a Review that we believe really captures what we try to do.  Instead of them ending up hidden among the others, we will share them with you, and try to explain why we think they are so appropriate.

Jeuss Polandaya: What did he say?

Q. How painful was the RPL process?

RPL is a tedious process in providing all the necessary evidence but with the support of Fortress trainers, the work becomes manageable.

Q. What didn’t work for you?

Minor setback on some submissions but easily resolved due to the diligence of the trainers/assessors in giving feedback in what to improve in my submissions.

Q. What advice would you give to others considering studying this course in this way?

Be prepared to provide all necessary evidence to demonstrate your competency and don’t look for an evidence that you don’t have. Move on, do the work, set a goal and achieve it!

Q. Is there anything else you’d like to include?

Special thanks to Mr. Bryan West with his guidance and great feedback, I have completed the course in much earlier time.

Why did this particular testimonial comment get our attention?

Recognition of Prior Learning – the saviour and bane for many Trainers and Assessors.. and for students undertaking VET qualifications.

Often students approach RPL with the assumption that it’ll be a breeze… and a rapid one.

The problem with this assumption is that RPL requires you prove your knowledge and skills by providing current (ie very recent) evidence that clearly demonstrates what you know and can do now.  To complete an entire Unit of Competency through RPL means supplying evidence that shows you have demonstrated all Performance Criteria of that Unit.  If your evidence ticks off some but not all Performance Criteria, then there are holes.  And these holes need filling.

Often students undertaking a course through RPL get bogged.  What this often means is:

  1. You don’t actually have the evidence even though you may have done it or know it.
  2. You don’t understand what the evidence requirements are – which suggests you may not have the skills and knowledge you thought you had.

Jeuss’ comment about “looking for evidence you don’t have” will only get you more stuck.  Take his advice – “move on”.


Give us a call. A conversation with your trainer is a Very Useful Un-bogging Tool.

Most conversations we have with students, like with Jeuss, are simply about where they’re at right now, and what they need to keep moving – right now.

Whilst we initially develop a Personal Learning Plan for every student, if new information should arise that indicates that that Plan is no longer suitable, we’ll change it.

Close contact with your trainer is needed to clear your path and enable you to reach your destination … instead of sinking further into the dreaded bog. This way, just like Jeuss did, you may “complete the course in much earlier time.”  And this is Cool Bananas.


If you would like to know more about what it means to be a student with us, how about you read Dear Future Student, check out Our Courses, or give us a call on 1300 141 994 and we can explore what that would look like.
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