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(RPL) Recognition of prior learning

SAISC School of Draughting RPL programme allows an existing draughtsperson to gain recognition and credit for skills and learning acquired through means other than formal learning programmes. An applicant’s skills, experience and knowledge will be evaluated. If this is found to be relevant, the applicant can be granted appropriate credits. This process will make it possible for a Learner to earn credits towards the National Diploma: Structural Steelwork Detailing (NQF 5), based on prior non-formal learning, thereby reducing study time.

As soon as the learner registers for the RPL programme at the School we will register the learner for the programme on the CETA learner data base. When found to be competent in a unit standard(s) the School will upload the result onto the CETA management system. Only when found competent in all the unit standards, the learner will be issued with the Qualification.

The RPL Process

The RPL evidence facilitator meets candidate to conduct pre-screening to ascertain viability of application
Once the application form has been received and reviewed by the School the applicant will be invited to an interview to establish if the applicant is suitably qualified to continue with the RPL process. If the applicant meets the minimum requirements the facilitator will have a pre assessment discussion with the applicant to prepare the applicant for assessment.

The Assessor and candidate develops assessment plan
The candidate will have to present a portfolio of evidence (POE)
The facilitator will review unit standard(s) and requirements
The type and sources of evidence required will be discussed with the candidate
The assessment tools to be used in this assessment will be explained to the candidate.
The candidate will do self-assessment and map the evidence of his knowledge, experience and skills to the Unit Standard matrix.
The dates and times of assessment will be communicated to the candidate.    

The Assessment stage
The candidate submits the POE and if necessary undergoes a practical assessment exercise  and / or a knowledge test.
The candidate will have pre- and post- assessment/ training interviews

The Judgement stage
The assessor will make a judgement on the evidence presented and call for additional evidence if necessary. The assessor will then prepare a competence judgement as well as a program of developmental needs.

The Moderation stage
The moderator moderates the assessment and provides feedback to the assessor.

The Feedback stage
Feedback will be given to the learner as to what credits are awarded and explain when credits are not awarded.
The learner will have the right to appeal against the outcomes of the process.

After the applicant receives the information on what credit have been granted during the RPL process and should he want to complete the process to get the full qualification the applicant can enrol at the school to do courses to receive the remaining credits