What is Skills Recognition?

Skills recognition can enable you to be formally recognised for skills and experience built up through:

  • formal and/or informal training
  • work experience
  • life experience, or
  • community and voluntary work

It may even assist you to improve your job and career prospects.

Skills recognition is a process that allows you to show how formal and/or informal training, work or life experiences contribute to attainment of current job competencies and/or meet industry standards.

If gaps are identified in the competencies required, you can plan to gain the skills/knowledge through training that may include any or a combination of the following methods:

  • on the job training
  • off the job training
  • self-paced learning
  • online learning
  • classroom training, or
  • a combination of the above

Skills Recognition Process

To complete the skills recognition process for a qualification you will need to do the following:

  • look at the elements/performance criteria and the required skills and knowledge of the unit/s you wish to gain recognition for,
  • decide if you can already do what is being asked for, then
  • provide the evidence to show that you have already done it

Providing the evidence is where skills recognition can become confusing. It is all very well to sit with an Assessor and tell them what it is you have done in your life that matches the criteria. The Assessor needs proof - or evidence - that you have done these things.

What is Evidence?

Evidence might be a simple as providing your driver's license to show you can drive a vehicle suited to the required class of license It might be you showing a table you have made in a previous job, or it might be you providing complete training program documentation to show you have developed a training program.

Be aware, however, that the Assessor will also ask for you to prove a number of things. You need to show the following:

  • the evidence is authentic, i.e., it is your own work. If the Assessor did not watch you do or make the evidence then they may have to rely on other sources to prove it is your work. This may be video evidence, a letter of support from you Manager, or verification from another Assessor who witnessed the evidence being produced, and so on.
  • the evidence is current, i.e., it matches the most current criteria or industry standards. This is often confused with the evidence being done/made that day. It must match up to date standards, not just be seen recently.
  • The evidence is valid, i.e., it matches what is required within the criteria. For example, a car license would not be valid if a truck license is called for. A lesson plan detailing aims and objectives is not valid for a competency-based training course. A classroom assessment would not be valid for evidence requiring real workplace experience.
  • The evidence is consistent, i.e., there is consistent performance over a period of time, not just a one-off experience.
  • The evidence provided is sufficient, i.e., there is enough available for the Assessor to make a decision about competency. The Portfolio of Evidence for the Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training sets minimum sufficiency guidelines. Be aware however, that if the Assessor is not satisfied about the amount or quality of evidence provided they may call for more. They will explain their reasoning.

Assessment Location

Crossbow Assessors have a preference for performing the skills recognition process in your workplace. This allows for easier confirmation of evidence and an opportunity to verify or check other aspects of the skills recognition claims.

How Long Does Skills Recognition Take?

How long is a piece of string? This is a question that is frequently asked and the usual answer is "Depends on what is being assessed."

For the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Crossbow Assessors usually take an average of 3-5 hours to conduct a skills recognition process for a well-prepared applicant. This does not take into account, however, the applicant's preparation time or a minimum four (4) hour workshop that many applicants need to attend. They then answer a series of online Short Answer Quizzes as necessary.

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