Benefits of recognition of prior learning
Achieving an RPL is not an easy task. It will require some hard work on the part of the agent. However, this hard work is invaluable in getting ahead in the real estate industry. There are several benefits of recognition of prior learning, all of which should be considered by soon-to-be agents.
- Places increased value of learning outside a formal setting. Learning on the job is a necessary way of understanding the industry or field you work in. Performing your role is a great way of learning and understanding key skills that cannot be learned in a textbook. RPL is a way of showing skills and knowledge to an employer that are absorbed outside formal education pathways.
- Removes repetition of coursework. RPL eliminates the scenario where students are learning content already familiar to them. An effective RPL assessment will clarify the gaps in a student’s knowledge and allow the coursework to be tailored to their needs to achieve competency. RPL assessments will also identify areas where the student needs to improve, making that material the only additional work they will have to complete. Doing this allows agents to re-enter the industry with more solid knowledge.
- Shortens the time required to achieve certification. Fast-tracking the time it takes to achieve certification is a key benefit of RPL. Shortening the time it takes to be eligible to apply for your licence will mitigate the significant investment of time and money required for the course. RPL is a motivator for students who might otherwise be discouraged by the length required to complete the program.
- Increased opportunity for other students.Tertiary education is a privilege, not a right, for many. For those who went straight into the workforce, RPL is a fantastic way of achieving credit for learning completed on the job. Qualifications are necessary to achieve higher-paying jobs in many industries and for those who are priced out of getting the education required. RPL allows those without formal education to still receive a boost in their career.
Successful completion of this program will help future proof your position in a competitive marketplace. It will not only provide evidence of the skills and knowledge you have developed over time, but it will also ensure you hold the required licence to enhance your credentials, personal brand and future employment in the industry.
Real estate full licence frequently asked questions
How does Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) work?
Over the course of an interview with our training support team, we will together identify your competencies and find any gaps, so we can personalise a program to meet your needs. We encourage prospective agents to diligently document their skills and experience in a portfolio as evidence of their knowledge. Successfully doing this can ensure the total time it takes to complete your course is shortened, lowering your costs and getting you qualified sooner.
For RPL to be credited, it requires agents to provide current and authentic evidence. Our training support team will provide guidance as to the various types of evidence required to ensure full or partial requirements of each unit of competence are met. Where evidence is not available or suitable, our team will guide you through the required learning and assessment tasks to be completed for successful completion and issuance of the qualification. This process is robust to ensure that whilst we recognise and acknowledge those with skills, experience and knowledge, we don’t compromise the integrity of the qualification and, in turn, the industry by issuing qualifications without the minimum evidence required.
In addition to our online self-paced program, we offer a blended solution that includes specific workshops for both the collation of required evidence and gap training and assessment where substantive evidence is not available. The blended course is popular for those agents that are short on time and wish to make an investment in the required guidance to best preserve their valuable time.
How long will the course be with RPL?
Once the assessment has been made as to how much material has been covered before the course begins, the training support team will make a decision as to how much study needs to be completed further. Depending on how much you have already covered in your experience, your course can be shortened by any number of units.
Recognition of the full qualification is highly unlikely, Entry Education values the compliance with state legislation highly, and always expect at least some gap assessment to be completed by prospective students to achieve their real estate qualification.
What sort of experience is valued to gain RPL?
Relevant industry understanding is the leading contributor to experience-based RPL. Some of the questions you might be asked by our assessor include the following:
- What experience do you have in buying and selling properties?
- Do you have an understanding of property management?
- Could you provide any evidence of documentation of property management or transactions completed by you?
- For how long have you held your registration certificate?
- Have you been involved in any professional development courses either through current employment or of your own volition?