Building a Future in Construction: The RPL Foundation

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Putting in a full day in building and construction trades is hard work. The pay is usually pretty good, and becoming skilled in a trade such as carpentry, painting, tile setting, or plastering, is a reliable way to earn a paycheck. After a few years on the job, however, wouldn’t it be nice to see some progress as far as moving into a supervisory or management role?

If you have the ambition, the drive, and the expertise but not the degree on a piece of paper, and you think that a lack of education might be keeping you from achieving the position you want, we should talk. It is time for you to receive credit for what you know.

You’ve learned a lot on the job from peers, mentors and managers. You know how to run the machinery, order the supplies, and organize the crew. You arrive on time and stay till the job is finished, and you’re ready to take on more responsibility. If that describes your work history, the very first responsibility you should attend to is scheduling a consultation for an RPL assessment.

Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment pathway that reviews knowledge you’ve gained from all kinds of sources, turning it into academic credit for formal certification, like the Certificate IV in Building and Construction. It applies what you know toward a degree or qualification that can move you forward in your career. An RPL assessment will look at exploring all the ways you’ve learned things, from formal classroom education to non-formal and informal learning gleaned from life experiences.

If you’ve taken courses at work, or pursued a hobby with passion, the knowledge gained from the experience can be applied to appropriate certifications and qualifications, earning status, confidence, and perhaps even that promotion you’ve been seeking. If you’ve been performing tasks at home, remodeling a house, helping a friend build a new garage, or reading up on how to act as your own contractor, what you’ve learned may count toward meaningful credit, shortening the path to your certificate or diploma goal.

Licenses, work history, trade papers, and log books or job sheets can all help you to earn credit through trade recognition. So can tickets you hold, such as those enabling you to operate machinery such as forklifts, cranes, or graders. Matching your knowledge and skills with the learning outcomes of formal coursework in similar disciplines allows you to skip over the coursework. Eliminating that overlap can save both time and money, turning your knowledge into the education award of your dreams, faster and easier.

Start by collecting evidence of your experience, from industry awards, photos of your work, references from employers and managers, work history, and trade papers, as well as recognised courses. Make sure you consider every appropriate knowledge resource to get as much credit as you deserve. Then schedule a consultation with an RPL Specialist who will help you take the necessary steps to get your career in the building construction trades on the fast track, building a solid foundation for your future with RPL.

A wall gets built one brick at a time. Framing goes up one board at a time. Shingles go on one nail at a time. But when it comes to earning a building construction qualification, you don’t have to take it one course at a time. Skip what you know, and you’ll see how fast it goes, earning your credentials within the building and construction industries through trade recognition and RPL.

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