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Policies and Procedures: Recognition-of-prior-learning

Higher Education Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer Policy

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Type: Policy
PD Number: PD20100412
Status: TAFE POLICY

1. Objectives – Policy Statement

1.1

TAFE NSW higher education can grant advanced standing for prior learning to ensure students:

1.1.1

Commence study at a level that appropriately recognises their prior learning experiences, and

1.1.2

Are not required to repeat equivalent learning successfully undertaken in another context.

1.2

Advanced standing (credit) may be granted with respect to specific subjects that constitute a course of study on the basis of prior learning, whether from formal studies or professional work or life experience.

1.3

The granting of credit is based on the following broad principles:

1.3.1

Granting of credit for prior learning consistent with a student’s chance of success in a course of study

1.3.2

Furthering articulation with other higher education and vocational training providers

1.3.3

The facilitation of transfer between courses of study in TAFE NSW higher education

1.3.4

A consistent approach to the granting of credit.

2. Audience and Applicability

2.1

This policy applies to:

  • All TAFE NSW higher education staff responsible for awarding advanced standing or credit in any course of study
  • Students enrolled in TAFE NSW higher education courses of study

3. Context

3.1

This policy accords with:

3.1.1

TAFE NSW Higher Education Student Selection and Admission Procedures

3.1.2

The principles outlined in the AVCC policy guidelines on cross-sector qualification linkages.

3.2 Document History and Details

Implementation date – 28-9-2010

Web publication date – 14/05/2015

Reference Number – PD/2010/0412/V02

Approval date – 28-9-2010

Approving officer – Deputy director-general TAFE and Community Education

Policy contact

Director, TAFE NSW Higher Education (02) 9217 4381

NSW TAFE Commission reference numbers: N/A

SCIS Number – N/A

Publication data

Publicly-available – Yes

Storage location – wwwpolicies: central

Primary location – TAFE | Student administration | Recognition of prior learning

Leading and Managing the School categories – none

Subject keywords – credit, advanced, prior learning

4. Responsibilities and Delegations

4.1

All academic staff are responsible for the management of applications for advanced standing or credit to students for TAFE NSW higher education courses of study.

4.2

The course coordinator and dean have overall responsibility for the effective administration and implementation of this policy and related procedures.

5. Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Requirements

5.1

This document will be reviewed and updated regularly in line with theHigher Education Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement Framework.

6. Contact

Director, TAFE NSW Higher Education

(02) 9217 4381

Last Modified: 2017-03-06 14:45:50

Higher Education advanced standing and credit transfer procedures

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Type: Procedure
PD Number: PD20100412
Status: TAFE POLICY

Implementation Document Summary

Higher Education advanced standing and credit transfer procedures – TAFE NSW

Description

These procedures outline the TAFE NSW higher education rules for the granting of advanced standing, credit transfer and articulation to students enrolled in TAFE NSW Higher Education courses.

Document type

Procedure

Associated policy

Higher Education Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer Policy – TAFE NSW

Applicability

TAFE NSW Higher Education Institution

Document contact

Director, TAFE NSW Higher Education
TafeDegrees@tafensw.edu.au

Last updated

28/08/2017

Last Modified: 2017-10-18 15:47:23

Recognition Policy

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Type: Policy
PD Number: PD20140462
Status: TAFE POLICY UNDER REVIEW

1. Objectives – Policy statement

1.1

TAFE NSW is committed to the promotion and practice of Recognition for all learners in TAFE NSW.

1.2

Recognition in TAFE NSW includes:

Recognition of prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning is an assessment process that assesses the competency/s of an individual that may have been acquired through formal, non-formal and informal learning to determine the extent to which that individual meets the requirements specified in the training package or Vocational Education and Training (VET) accredited courses.

Credit Transfer

Credit Transfer means credit granted to an enrolled learner for a unit of competency previously successfully completed.

1.3

This policy supports TAFE NSW Institutes in complying with the:

(i) national Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015, particularly Standards 1.8: The RTO implements an assessment system that ensures that assessment (including Recognition of Prior Learning):

(a) complies with the assessment requirements of the relevant training package or VET accredited course; and

(b) is conducted in accordance with the Principles of Assessment and the Rules of Evidence.

(ii) requirements of the NSW Smart and Skilled contract to have in place a recognition policy and process that aligns with the NSW Recognition Framework.

(iii) AQF Qualifications Pathways Policy.

1.4 This Policy is Underpinned by the following Principles:

1.4.1

Principle One

All learners in TAFE NSW are entitled to apply for recognition in the course or qualification in which they are currently enrolled. It is recommended that the application for recognition be made as soon as possible after enrolment.

1.4.2

Principle Two

TAFE NSW also offers recognition services on a fee for service basis to learners who are ineligible for a government subsidy.

1.4.3

Principle Three

Information on Credit Transfer and Recognition of prior learning should be made available to all learners in TAFE NSW as part of the enrolment process.

1.4.4

Principle Four

The aim of granting recognition is to reduce the amount of learning required to achieve a training package qualification or VET accredited course by acknowledging an individual’s skills, knowledge and/or experience acquired through formal and informal learning.

1.4.5

Principle Five

Learners enrolled in a government subsidised qualification or accredited course can apply for recognition in that qualification at no charge.

1.4.6

Principle Six

Learners enrolled in a government subsidised qualification as part of the NSW Smart and Skilled are eligible for a reduced fee if recognition is granted.

1.4.7

Principle Seven

The smallest educational unit granted through recognition is a unit of competency.

1.4.8

Principle Eight

Recognition can be granted for up to and including 100% of a training package qualification or VET accredited course.

1.4.9

Principle Nine

TAFE NSW does not issue a testamur or transcript for an identical qualification awarded by another Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

1.4.10

Principle Ten

Eligibility for recognition does not provide guaranteed entry into a TAFE NSW course.

1.4.11

Principle Eleven

Assessment evidence for recognition of prior learning is recorded in accordance with the requirements of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 and/or NSW Smart and Skilled Contract.

1.4.12

Principle Twelve

Learners are provided credit for a unit/s of competency previously completed in another training package qualification or VET accredited course, provided they meet the requirements of the packaging rules of a subsequent enrolment in a course or product.

1.4.13

Principle Thirteen

Applicants can request a review of an unsuccessful outcome of recognition of prior learning application.

2. Audience and Applicability

2.1

This policy applies to learners enrolled in training package qualifications or VET accredited courses.

2.2

This policy covers the recognition of skills, knowledge and/or experience gained through working and learning in Australia or overseas.

2.3

Credit transfer or recognition of prior learning will apply to training package qualifications and VET accredited courses that are on a TAFE NSW Institute’s scope of registration.

2.4

The policy does not apply to the provision of recognition services on trade tests conducted on behalf of the NSW Vocational Training Tribunal.

2.5

This policy does not apply to non-nationally recognised (NNR) courses.

2.6

This policy does not apply to TAFE NSW higher education qualifications or courses. (For information on recognition services for higher education qualifications and courses, please refer to the Higher Education Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer Policy – TAFE NSW.)

3.Context

3.1

Recognition including recognition of prior learning (RPL) is a process of giving learners credit for skills, knowledge and/or experience gained through working and learning. It can be gained at any stage of their lives, through formal and informal learning in Australia or overseas, through work or other activities such as volunteering.

3.2

For the purpose of this policy ‘learner’ and ‘customer’ may be used interchangeably.

3.3

In TAFE NSW recognition is assessed and reported against the outcomes of units of competency and/or modules within training package qualifications and/or accredited TAFE NSW courses.

3.4

Applicants applying for recognition should be aware of specific consequences associated with the granting of recognition. These consequences may impact upon learners who access income support or who are on temporary visas; require changes to their personal details; undertake graded courses and who may be eligible for prizes or medals. Some industry bodies may not accept credit granted by recognition of prior learning e.g. the Tax Practitioner’s Board.

3.5

This policy is supported by TAFE NSW Institute’s implementation guidelines for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

3.6 Document History and Details

Implementation date: 2015-01-15

Web publication date: 15/04/2015

Reference Number: PD/2014/0462/V01

Approval date: 2015-01-14

Approving officer: TAFE NSW Executive Group (TEG)

Superseded documents –

This policy supesedes the Credit Pathways Policy PD/2005/0251/V06. The Institute representative working group recommended that the Credit Pathways policy be removed and replaced by the Recognition Policy, and the Credit Transfer and RPL guidelines from the Credit Pathways Policy be transferred to the Recognition Policy webpage.

Document history –

Main changes since previous version:

Policy contact

Manager, Quality Support

TAFE NSW Customer Services

Tel: (02) 9266 8153

NSW TAFE Commission reference numbers: enter Number or enter N/A

SCIS Number: enter SCIS Number or enter N/A

Publication data

Publicly-available – Yes

Storage location – wwwpolicies: central

Primary location – TAFE | Student administration | Recognition of prior learning

Leading and Managing the School categories – none

Subject keywords – recognition, credit transfer, recognition of prior learning, RPL

4. Responsibilities and Delegations

4.1

TAFE Customer Services 4.1.1

Executive Director, TAFE NSW Customer Services is responsible for publishing and maintaining the policy and guidelines.

4.2

TAFE NSW Institutes are responsible for: 4.2.1

developing local procedures and processes to implement the principles of recognition.

4.2.2

developing local procedures and processes (including fee structures) for fee for service recognition services.

4.2.3

complying with the requirements of Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTO) 2015 (particularly the principles of assessment and the rules of evidence).

4.2.4

meeting the terms and conditions that cover training and assessment (including RPL) for Smart and Skilled contract, including obligations for record keeping and reporting credit transfers and recognition of prior learning, as set out in Smart and Skilled Contract Terms and Conditions 2015 and the Smart and Skilled Operating Guidelines.

4.2.5

ensuring all evidence supporting the granting of credit transfer and recognition of prior learning is kept in accordance with TAFE NSW record keeping requirements.

5. Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Requirements

5.1

This policy will be monitored on an ongoing basis by the TAFE Customer Services in consultation with relevant stakeholders.

6.Contact

Manager, Quality Support

TAFE NSW Customer Services

Tel: (02) 9266 8153

Last Modified: 2016-08-25 13:24:38