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RPL Tools for BSB41415

I wasn’t going to develop RPL tools for the Certificate IV level units because I didn’t think there was much demand. Naturally, as soon as I made this decision I started to receive requests for RPL tools for the Cert IV in WHS. Typical!

So, now I have completed these in the same format that I used for the BSB51915 Diploma of leadership and management RPL tools – namely:
• One assessor guide and candidate guide for the qualification as a whole – to start the process. This contains the candidate application and guidance for both the assessor and candidate on the RPL process.
• One assessor guide and candidate guide for each unit of competency.

I have put full samples on my web site (at the bottom of the BSB41415 page).

There are two more RPL tools to develop for BSB41415. They are BSBWHS408 and BSBWHS409. I should have these finished in the next couple of days. These units will be RPL tools only – no learning and assessment resources.

These two units must be assessed in the workplace and need to be highly contextualised to the workplace. Monitoring processes and contractor management depend on the type of workplace. For instance, a laboratory, construction site, manufacturing, mining, power generation require quite different air monitoring and contractor management.

Next project: RPL tools for BSB42015 Certificate IV in leadership and management.

Sandy Welton

RPL Tools for BSB51915

Following on from my last blog, I’ve now completed all the RPL tools for BSB51915 Diploma of leadership and management.

The units done are:
1. BSBLDR501 Develop and use emotional intelligence
2. BSBMGT517 Manage operational plan
3. BSBLDR502 Lead and manage effective workplace relationships
4. BSBWOR502 Lead and manage team effectiveness
5. BSBCUS501 Manage quality customer service
6. BSBHRM405 Support the recruitment, selection and induction staff
7. BSBLDR503 Communicate with influence
8. BSBMGT502 Manage people performance
9. BSBMGT516 Facilitate continuous improvement
10. BSBPMG522 Undertake project work
11. BSBRSK501 Manage risk
12. BSBWHS501 Ensure a safe workplace
13. BSBWOR501 Manage personal work priorities and professional development
14. BSBADM502 Manage meetings

There’s a preliminary RPL Assessor Guide and Candidate Guide and Application that applies to the qualification as a whole.

Then there are separate RPL Assessor Guides and Candidate Guides for each unit.

The charge for these is $125 plus GST per unit. There are now samples on the BSB51915 web page, at the bottom of the page.

Sandy Welton

BSB 51915 RPL Tools Development


I’ve finally been able to start on RPL tools.

Had to get on with this because one of my clients needs two of them for audit rectification. The learning and assessment tools were OK but the auditor required RPL tools as well. Now they are both done and I can breathe again.

It’s a complete re-think from the way I formatted the tools before. There’s a preliminary Candidate Guide and Application for the qualification as a whole. This includes the explanation of the RPL process and what the candidate needs to do. There’s a “sister” RPL Assessor Guide for the qualification as a whole that is very detailed. It’s where the assessor and candidate decide on the electives, after the assessor receives the candidate’s application and CV.

Then there will be a separate Candidate Guide and Assessor Guide per unit. An RTO can put these together if they choose, or keep them as individual documents. Having done many RPLs myself, I know how complex the process can be – particularly for the assessor mapping all the evidence. So I’ve created lists of suggested documentary evidence and pre-mapped for the assessor. In the same way, the third party verification forms and competency conversation are internally mapped.

Bear with me. I’ve only completed 2 units so far in BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership and Management. Now I have to do all the rest for all the qualifications.

Back to the grindstone …

Sandy Welton

TAE40110 and BSB51107 resources completed

In my last blog I said that I was working on the BSB51107 resources. I did in fact finish them and then went straight on to finalising the resources for TAE40110, forgetting to tell anyone that the BSB51107 resources were all finished!

BSB51107 Diploma of Management has two changes. The core OHS unit is replaced with the unit BSBWHS501A and Manage Projects is now BSBPMG511A Undertake Project Work.

I decided to re-write the course from scratch. Having delivered my previous clustered Diploma of Management course over a period of time I decided that clustering of assessment is not the best approach. For this reason, each of the units now has separate assessment tools. The Learning Guide remains a single document. This is mainly because four units require in-depth knowledge of legislative requirements – so I’ve created a separate chapter dealing with legislation in detail, and then designed assessment tasks for each unit that focus on legislation as it applies to the unit.

BSBMGT502B Manage people performance, BSBMGT515A Manage operational plan and to a lesser extent BSBWOR502B Ensure team effectiveness all require competency in developing operational/work plans and KPIs for a team. Each of these units has a separate chapter in the Learning Guide which could stand alone. However, the knowledge gained in previous chapters is useful for those that follow, so ideally the learning guide should be treated as a single entity.

I’m encouraging my client RTOs to avoid the trap of offering a plethora of electives. For one thing, BSB07 Business Services Training Package states that the trainer/assessor must hold the actual unit or equivalent – so it’s important that your training and assessment strategy aligns with the competencies of your trainers. For another, at Diploma level a flow of learning with units that have a logical relationship is much more appropriate in my opinion.

Now on to TAE40110. This qualification is a minefield. It’s so important to get it 100% because it is the key qualification that underpins everything we do in the VET sector. My old clustered course is now history. I have created unit by unit resources. Also, before I was prepared to release them I wanted to trial them myself. I have now used them for two groups with great success. This time I’ve included TAELLN401A because the Cert IV LLN unit will become a core in the future.

TAE10 Training Package is once again being revised and will be in the new format. IBSA has the Case for Endorsement at this link: https://www.ibsa.org.au/tae-case-endorsement. The revised Training Package is due to be endorsed in June 2014. You will find the timeline for restructure of IBSA Training Packages at this link: https://www.ibsa.org.au/projects/restructure-training-packages-project/development

IBSA states on its web site that:
“… from July 2014 the current LLN elective in the Certificate IV would move into the core of the qualification. This will have implications for RTOs in delivering the Certificate IV and also for assessors in meeting the skill requirements to assess this qualification.”

There is a very useful booklet entitled “Changes Ahead for VET Trainers and Assessors” at this link: https://www.ibsa.org.au/free/changes-ahead-vet-trainers-and-assessors-report

I have also removed my TAE Diploma resources from sale. They were written over a year ago and I don’t have time to revisit them at this stage. Instead, my next project is BSB40812 Certificate IV in Frontline Management. I’ve completed the core units and have demand for a number of electives.

I plan to take a week off to catch up with my clients and then get stuck into the electives for BSB40812 Certificate IV in Frontline Management. One day I might also have a social life.

So It Begins: Sandy’s Blog

This is my very first blog on our brand new website and I should start by thanking Kevin Gardner for the wonderful job he has done – not just with the design but the way that he has set up key words so that our site is found easily on a Google search. (Kevin is on our Professional Network page – check the “About” button.) We’ve had a lot of fights about wording though – as the search engine requires us to repeat the key words over and over again – which you may have noticed!

As a result of Kevin’s expertise and efficiency, we are now receiving enquiries for RTO resources from RTOs who previously didn’t know we existed. The majority of these are for TAE50111 resources and various BSB07 resources but we also expect that, as the new OHS Cert IV – BSB41412 – comes closer to endorsement, I will be receiving many more enquiries about our BSB41412 resources for learning and assessment and RPL. I expect to have all of the units for BSB41412 complete by the projected endorsement date in December. Currently all 5 core units have been completed.

I am so pleased to see the TAE10 RPL resources finally taking off. The RPL tools for TAE50111 and TAE50211 were completed back in February, when it was first endorsed. Feedback I am now getting is “if only we had known earlier”. Assessors are really liking the “mentored RPL” approach. Assessors are giving feedback that these two Diploma qualifications do not lend themselves to a straight learning and assessment pathway. Unless you are an experienced trainer/assessor currently working in an RTO you have no chance of achieving TAE50111. On the other hand, even if you are an experienced trainer/assessor, you still should be given detailed guidance and support from a qualified assessor.

As you may have noticed, it’s not possible to just click on a button and buy our RTO resources. I want to talk to you first. My professional standards are very high, and I only want to work with RTOs who have the same level of commitment to quality training and assessment. It’s also necessary to ask questions about how you deliver training and your methods of assessment so that I can determine whether the RTO resources will suit your needs.
Thank you to all the people who have already contacted me and thank you also to our professional network partners who have helped us in so many ways.


August 2012

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