What are some examples of RPL for the Certificate IV in Access Consulting?
The following are some examples of RPL and the evidence required for different units of competency in the Certificate IV in Access Consulting.
Unit name: Read and interpret plans and specifications
An Architect would be a likely candidate for RPL for this unit as it requires the student to demonstrate competency in the generic skills required to read architectural drawings or schematics. The evidence required could include a copy of a Registration Certificate from the relevant Architects Board in their state, or a copy of an appropriate qualification certificate.
Unit name: Assess construction plans
A person would be required to provide evidence that they have assessed plans to determine compliance with access requirements. In this case, they may be required to explain their experience and provide evidence in the form of reports they have written that demonstrate the work they have undertaken. In this unit there are also other requirements relating to the management of clients. Evidence for this could include both reports and a history of relevant experience dealing with clients. In this situation, a statement from a third party detailing the students’ experience could also be used as evidence.
Unit name: Apply disability awareness to assessing access situations
An Occupational Therapist working in the area of home modifications would be a likely candidate. They may need to provide copies of reports they have prepared in relation to meeting the needs of clients with disabilities. However, they would also need to demonstrate knowledge of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, the Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards 2010 and relevant anti-discrimination legislation. The evidence required could include their registration as an Occupational Therapist and an explanation (and perhaps, reports) of their experience in dealing with situations arising out of anti discrimination legislation.
Unit name: Promote client compliance
A Building Certifier would be a likely candidate as promoting client compliance is part of the core role they perform on a day to day basis in assessing compliance and acting on non-compliance. The evidence required could include their employment history and job description.
A student can also be granted RPL for part of a unit and be excused from completing some (but not all) assessment tasks for a particular unit. Students who are successful in being granted RPL for an entire unit, will be excused from submitting assessment tasks, and may be excused from attending class for the duration of that unit. However, some units may be taught in conjunction with others (e.g. four access auditing units). A student who successfully demonstrated skills in auditing buildings may be granted RPL for Conduct a building access audit, but absence from class sessions is not permissible as the material being covered in class will include streetscape and outdoor recreation auditing. The student, however, may not be required to submit assessment tasks for the unit for which they'd been granted RPL.
Due to the wide range of units of competency required to be successfully completed in the Certificate IV in Access Consulting, most students are only eligible for some units of competency via RPL or Credit Transfer not the whole course.