Frequently Asked Questions

Many people with trade skills and experience do not have formal qualifications. Skills Assessment or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process allowing you to gain a Nationally Recognised Qualification or Statement of Attainment, by recognising your existing skills and knowledge obtained through your work, education, training, and everyday life experiences.

While it is not always necessary to have a trade qualification to work, more and more companies will only engage people who have a trade certificate or are trade qualified. In some States and Territories, licensing or registration is mandatory for some occupations. A trade qualification shows that you have the skills to do the job.

No. Evidence presented must be sufficient to demonstrate knowledge and skills for each unit of competency. ACTS Visa Skills will use assessment methods to ensure that evidence is valid, authentic, current, and sufficient. In reviewing the evidence provided and technical interview outcome your ACTS Visa Skills Assessor will need to make a judgement of competence in order to award competence for all units of competence that make up your qualification.

If you receive partial RPL you will receive a Statement of Attainment for the units of competency that have been deemed competent. You will be provided with the opportunity to undertake Training and Assessment should gaps be identified in order to progress to the full Qualification.

No. Your assessor needs to make judgement decisions about how the quantity and quality of how your submitted evidence matches up against the assessment requirements of each Unit of Competency. Additionally, your assessor must check that all of the Elements and Performance Criteria are satisfied before they can award competency for any individual Unit of Competency. Your evidence needs to satisfy all four Rules of Evidence: currency, sufficiency, authenticity, and validity.

The whole process takes between 12 – 14 weeks.  Assessments are taken on a case-by-case basis. Timeframes may be affected by the time it takes to gather evidence, verifications from external parties and circumstances that are beyond our control. If additional time is required, an extension may be requested and may be applied for. If no extension request is received, it may result in an unsuccessful outcome and the enrolment will be cancelled.

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