Applicants: how to make an enquiry and briefing you

If you are thinking that Skills Recognition might be suitable for you, your first enquiry might be to your employer or a training organisation. But before you go further you may wish to complete a ‘self-assessment’ checklist to review your learning and training history.

Doing a “Self-assessment’

Self-assessment involves listing all of your relevant experience, education, qualifications, work experience and informal learning that could contribute towards the formal recognition of your skills. This is undertaken to prepare your information for an assessment meeting with an RTO to identify if you have enough prior experience to meet some of the requirements of a qualification. Only a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) can assess your skills formally.

There is a sample Self-Assessment Checklist at the end of this section. Alternatively, some training or career websites have on-line self-assessment or self-evaluation tools. For example, the NSW Government Skills Recognition self-evaluation tool can help you to determine whether your current skills and knowledge might count towards a qualification in particular areas:

Self-assessment checklists can also be accessed from some public or private training organisations and/or their websites. See Additional resources

Contacting a training organisation

If you have completed a self-assessment and have decided that you would like to continue with the Skills Recognition process, the next step is to make an appointment with a training organisation for a briefing. You will need to choose a suitable training organisation that offers training and assessment in the field you are interested in.

If you are already employed in the rail industry, find out if your employer is an enterprise Registered Training Organisation (RTO). If so, you may be able to undertake Skills Recognition through them, or they might make an appointment for you at the RTO that they usually use.

A “briefing meeting”

At the briefing meeting, you will meet with a trained assessor or other RTO representative. This person is required to advise you of the training, assessment and support services available to you, including the availability of Skills Recognition and the costs involved, before you apply for Skills Recognition or enter into an agreement. There should be sufficient information for you to make an informed choice about whether it is worthwhile for you to apply for Skills Recognition. At this initial meeting the units of competency you could aim for, may be identified if you decide to proceed.

How to make an application for Skills Recognition

If you decide to proceed with an application for skills recognition the assessor should:

  • give you a simple description of Skills Recognition processes
  • provide a simple, clear Skills Recognition application form
  • outline the various evidence gathering choices available to you
  • give you information, in plain English, on qualifications/competencies.