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Competencies may be attained in a number of ways including through

  • Formal or informal education and training

  • Experiences in the workplace

  • General life experience, and / or

  • Any combination of the above.


Assessment leading to an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualification or Statement of Attainment may follow a learning and assessment pathway or recognition pathway or a combination of the two.

Each of these assessment pathways leads to full recognition of competencies held; the critical issue is that the partcipant is competent and not how the competency was acquired.

Assessment by any pathway must comply with the assessment requirements set out in the Assessment Guidelines of the Training Package and the AQF.


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process that provides you with an opportunity to receive credit for the formal and
non-formal learning you have undertaken.

The RPL process takes into account all relevant skills, knowledge, and experience that you have. Through the assessment process you may be able to gain a complete qualification or, if you have gaps in your knowledge, parts of a qualification, which you can then complete with additional training.

To have skills formally recognised in the national system, assessors must make sure you have the skills and knowledge to meet the industry standard. This means you must be involved in a careful and comprehensive process that covers the content of all unit/s or qualification/s you can be recognised for.


Assessment happens in a variety of ways. Being prepared can save you valuable time and hassle and make the recognition process stress-free for you.

Credit transfer is a process that provides you with credit for previous formal study that is equivalent to units in your nominated qualification. Once we verify from a previous record of results/certificate, the unit will be listed as a credit transfer on your qualification.


Verification of Competency (VOC) is a method of assessment that assists employers to meet WHS requirements and ensure staff are competent to operate equipment or perform a task. New national WHS harmonisation laws, effective January 2012, bring greater importance to employers due diligence and obligation to ensure an individual has “current competency”.


Assessing for VOC enables businesses to confirm that their employees are competent in their skills and using equipment.
It is commonly used in many industries for pre-employment checks, contractual arrangements or site requirements.


No longer is just holding a ticket or qualification enough for an employer to determine an individual is competent. VOC enforcement is new for industry and is subject to interpretation. Working with industry leading clients, DATS has developed a formal process that allows for flexibility to meet our client’s needs whilst maintaining a high standard of assessment. Assessors are industry experts holding all relevant qualifications combined with years of experience.


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