What is Recognition of Prior Learning?
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) involves looking at the skills and knowledge you already have and comparing it to the competencies in a course. When you already have the skills or knowledge that make up that competency you can gain exemption or advanced standing for a course.
Legal and audit requirements mean that the RPL process of matching your current skills and knowledge to a competency is a very thorough process for both students and training organisations. In virtually any training organisation RPL attracts a fee that is comparable to the actual course fee so, typically, gaining RPL does not reduce your course costs.
Can I get RPL for this course?
Our policy is that students must complete all components of the cue-based infant massage course. This includes students who may have completed previous training in some form of infant massage education. Therefore we do not offer or provide RPL. There are two reasons for this:
(1) RPL is not typically used for parts of a competency unit, but a competency in its entirety. Therefore, RPL is used for courses that, typically, have several competency units attached. In contrast, our cue-based infant massage course is a short course comprised of one single unit of competency.
(2) Our teaching and assessment processes are holistic (which means single assessment tasks, assess multiple elements of the competency unit). As a result, it is not physically possible to “separate” out various parts of the assessment or course to exclude what you have “already done”.
For these two reasons, RPL is not relevant, applicable or practicable for this course.
So what if I already know some of the content?
This question is most commonly asked by qualified health professionals –who may already have an in-depth understanding of some of the topics covered in this course. It also often asked by people who may have done some form of infant massage training in the past.
If this applies to you, please be reassured that all of our students come prior knowledge and experience – you will not be alone in this regard.
Baby in Mind applies the principles of adult education. This means we view your learning and development as a partnership between you and your trainer. In this partnership, your responsibility is to reflect on your learning needs and interests, and to communicate these with your trainer. Our responsibility is to help adapt and modify learning activities to reflect what you tell us about your needs and interests.
Therefore, regardless of your background and prior learning, we encourage to view the course material from the perspective of what is useful for you and how you intend to use your qualification. For example, if it is useful for you to focus on a particular area of learning, or you would gain more from adapting your learning activities to your specific circumstances, we encourage you to discuss and negotiate your needs and interests with your trainer. As much as we possibly can, within our legal and accreditation requirements, we are happy to help you adapt and modify learning activities in a way that supports you. This way we can ensure that all students have the opportunity to learn and develop in a way that takes into account your existing knowledge, and in a way that is relevant and meaningful to you.