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What is RPL and how does it work?

If you’re thinking about studying an online course, you may be able to reduce the time it takes to get your qualification through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) program. In some cases, you may not even need to study to get your qualification.

WHAT IS RPL?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a skills assessment process which allows you to use your existing skills, expertise, and work experience to demonstrate your competency in a particular field or industry.

For example, if you’ve worked on a construction site it may help you get a Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) CPC40110. Or your experience working in an office could be used towards a Diploma of Business Administration BSB50415.  

Some courses may be RPL-only, such as an Advanced Diploma of Building and Construction (Management) CPC60220. But you will need at least three years of industry experience.

HOW DOES RPL WORK?

During your initial onboarding call we will ask questions about your work experience to get an understanding of your existing skills and knowledge, and compile an evidence list to help you understand what they need from you.

You will have seven calendar days to provide your assessor with the evidence of your skills and knowledge. They will then consider your application against the unit criteria. You may also need to provide contact details of two professional referees who have worked with you in the past.

If any knowledge gaps are identified further assessment such as additional documentation video or similar may be needed.

WHERE TO NOW?

RPL can help reduce the amount of study time required to complete a formal qualification.

You can take a FREE skills assessment today to see if you are eligible for RPL. You can also get in touch to discuss your study options with one of our education consultants.

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How to write a resume as a construction worker

In such a highly competitive job market, learning how to write a great resume as a construction worker could be the difference between landing a big job, or missing out.

Research suggests recruiters spend an average of 7.4 seconds skimming over a resume – that’s about the time it takes for two deep breaths. Making sure you stand out from other builders and construction workers is important.

The best chance to do that is with a well-written and engaging resume that highlights your skills and qualifications in the construction industry.

Before you sit down to start writing, you need to be clear about your objectives.

Hiring managers suggest using the same keywords from the job listing in your construction work experience and expertise sections will draw attention to your application. Be sure to highlight your skills as a construction worker from previous jobs and how they will be useful to the employer or contractor.

Most importantly, you need to make sure you’re qualified and include those qualifications on your resume. The construction industry is very broad, and there are many certificates you can gain by studying online building and construction courses to stand out from people who don’t have any formal qualifications.  

If you need to upskill and add some qualifications to your resume we offer several online courses for construction workers, including:

If you need more information about employment prospects in the building and construction industry you can click here to download a free employment outlook guide. 

Take our FREE Skills Assessment to check your eligibility for RPL today or get in touch with us now.