Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) recognises your informal learning – such as on-the-job experience – which means you can achieve your goal faster in a cost effective way, with less effort thanks to years of hard work.
Watch the video below to see how RPL changed the life of CEO Adam Wadi.
“What I discovered when I was working in educational institutions is that few people understand RPL. There is often no clear-cut process or criteria for providing appropriate evidence of knowledge gained through work experience. That’s when I realised there was a market for someone to come in and help. I think of Get Qualified Australia as being a life and education coaching service, assisting people reach their full potential through qualifications,” says Adam Wadi.
Get Qualified Australia have helped roughly 10,000 people get qualified in the past three years, giving them more choices and the potential to earn more money. Countless clients have gained promotions, been able to change industries, been able to apply for positions that were previously out of their reach, or been able to meet stringent migration and visa requirements.
“I see the impact education has on people’s lives every day in our customer testimonials. Many say they are treated differently and with more respect once they have a qualification. It boosts their self-esteem. They are often motivated to go further, reach higher and attain another qualification,” added Wadi.
A qualification is like a reward for all your hard work. You’ve done the hard work. In fact, you’ve learnt the hard way. The easy way of learning is sitting in a classroom and learning.
A qualification is the ultimate investment: it is an investment in yourself. Get Qualified Australia can help with RPL and gap training to gain a nationally recognised qualification in a speedy and cost-effective way. To learn more about RPL, call us at 133 775 or visit www.gqaustralia.edu.au.
The issue of young people starting their careers with crippling education debts is a hot topic. A diploma can leave a student with $25,000 owing to the government. The debt for an undergraduate degree averages $48,000 and is constantly rising. A masters degree can set a graduate back another $30-60,000.
It’s hard enough for school leavers to have these sorts of numbers hanging over their heads. Now imagine incurring that debt mid-career, with a family to support and a mortgage to pay. On top of that, few Australians have the capacity to take years away from work to study. If they want that ‘piece of paper’, they face years of evening classes and studying weekends – time away from family and hobbies.
And the final indignity: older students sometimes spend this time and money “learning” subject matter in which they are already an expert, thanks to years spent working in the industry.
It is a situation many people in their 30s and 40s find themselves in. Years of practical experience in an industry, but careers which have ground to a halt because they need a certificate, diploma or post-graduate degree to get to the next level. But given the investment of both time and money required to get that piece of paper, it is little wonder that many struggle to gain the qualification necessary to improve their careers and lives.
The government is finally recognising that the traditional model of education is not appropriate for everybody. Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, the move is towards a customised education system that recognises not only prior qualifications, but relevant work experience. In the education world, it is known as Recognition of Prior Learning, or “RPL”. Check out the video below to learn how RPL can shave off years and thousands of dollars in getting your degree.
‘People need a solution that is customised for them,’ says Adam Wadi, CEO of Get Qualified Australia. ‘A customised model combines recognition of what you know and a training plan to fill in the gaps of what you don’t. Together it provides the fastest, most cost-effective path to gain the qualification’.
The notion that the only way to learn is to attend classes scheduled at times and in places that suit the education provider is also being challenged in today’s environment.
There are certainly advantages of attending classes in person. There’s the social aspect of working together and a plethora of clubs and societies students to join. Many students need the incentive of regimented class times and being marked for attendance. Friendships are forged and future contacts made. But the importance of these aspects diminish as a person gets older.
‘A person who is mid-career is more likely to have the motivation and self-discipline to study independently,’ says Wadi. ‘And they already have a social life, maybe even a family. They don’t need to physically attend a college or university for these things.’
Mid-career students looking to attain the next qualification need to explore every avenue to have their workplace knowledge and expertise recognised. They should be entitled to exemptions where they already have sufficient knowledge to pass the unit. There should be options to take classes online for subjects where workshops or physical presence in a classroom are unnecessary.
The most important aspect is RPL. ‘Why should you have to pay to learn something you already know and can prove you know?’ asks Wadi.
Unfortunately, many institutions are not equipped to help students recognise and supply the evidence of prior learning required to get the exemption/s they deserve. RPL is an administrative task, and not one that produces any income for the university or college. They’re not set up to service individual applications, and it is not in their best interests to promote RPL.
As a result, many people don’t realise that they may be able to get credit thanks to what they already know.
‘The education shake-up needs to start with educating people on RPL,’ says Wadi. ‘When people realise a higher qualification is achievable, they are more likely to reach for the stars’.
Get Qualified Australia can help with RPL and gap training, allowing skilled and experienced individuals to achieve a nationally recognised qualification in a time and cost-effective way.
As a child, Adam Wadi dreamed of a career in hospitality, and as a young adult, he made it happen. Becoming a bellboy in Dubai gave him an entrée into the world of five-star hotels. Hard work saw him rise through the ranks to management positions in a variety of first-class locations.
Like many, he saw a career in hospitality as a chance to indulge in a life of freedom and travel. But the truth was being chained to the hotel lobby with long, unsociable hours for low pay. All the best jobs went to those with qualifications.
Adam knew a Masters Degree in hospitality would pave the way to the freedom and lifestyle he craved. Like most people about to start a family, however, he didn’t have the luxury of being able to study full time for the qualification that he would need to make the move into training and education.
Even more frustrating was that half of the units he would have to study (and pay for) dealt in subject matter he knew better than the lecturers; knowledge gained from years working in the trade. It seemed so pointless. ‘Hospitality is my industry,’ Adam says. ‘I knew it backwards’.
Discovering Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Luckily for Adam, he found a mentor who introduced him to the concept of Recognition of Prior Learning, or RPL. Together they navigated the university’s requirements to prove his expertise and gain exemptions for some units of study. Adam was credited for two introductory units. The saving of $5000 and shortening his course by six months gave him the incentive to enrol and eventually achieve his Masters.
‘If it wasn’t for that person showing me how to RPL myself through a qualification that I needed to move to the vocational education industry, I would never have moved,’ says Adam.
A qualification led to a better life
That qualification opened up a new world for Adam. He got his first training job while still working at a hotel. But after a while he found that his new part-time job paid more than his old full time job, and it was an easy decision to replace his hotel hours with more teaching. He became a full time trainer and assessor.
Adam soon realised that, like him, many people were unaware of RPL and were spending time and money taking classes they believed were necessary to graduate. Even worse were those who never enrolled in a life-changing qualification because they couldn’t afford the investment of time or money.
‘These are smart people, but sometimes they need a little guidance to see their own true potential and the world of options available to them if they hold that piece of paper,’ says Adam. ‘They have no idea that they can turn their skills, knowledge and experience into nationally recognised qualifications.’
That’s when Adam realised there was a gap in the market that he had the knowledge, skills – and the qualification – to fill.
A new start as an entrepreneur
‘I started Get Qualified Australia in my daughter’s room with just a phone and answering machine,’ says Adam. ‘Today I have a hundred employees and we have helped around 10,000 people receive the qualifications they are eligible for’.
He likens what he does to being a coach, guiding clients to unlock their full potential, which gives him immense satisfaction. ‘If it wasn’t for RPL, I would still be working in a hotel,’ Adam says. ‘I just want to give others that same opportunity.’
Learn more about his unique story by watching the video below.