(D) Policy Framework :
1. This policy will have the following major compliance segments :
a. Verification and validation
b. Use of RPL
c. RPL assessment
d. RPL Process
e. Exemptions of equivalent units and credit transfer
f. Outcome of RPL
1.1. : Verification and validation:
Every authorized centre must have to follow the policy in order to deliver the qualifications offered by IIMT Studies. They should have the RPL policy in place which must ensure:
a. Available opportunities and disadvantages to the learner
b. Learner’s responsibilities
c. Assessor’s Responsibilities
d. Quality Assurance Process (QAP)
e. Key staff involved in QAP
f. The robust process to validate the prior learning
g. Identified timeframe to declare the outcomes of the recognition process
h. All units claimed are covered by the RPL process
i. Teaching is not started based on the claimed evidence before the assessment decision is given as a concrete outcome.
The applicant or learner will not be eligible for learning and or learning material if the claimed evidence regarding qualifications, skills and competencies OR the qualifications claimed by the applicant does not fulfil the eligibility criteria for that course. i.e. The applicant or learner will not be eligible for learning and or learning material till he or she is formally enrolled after due verification and validation process.
1.1.1. Agencies and other Centres, associated with IIMTS must know:
a) IIMT Studies may be involved in the RPL process if they aren’t able to validate, verify and certify that any learner’s prior learning fulfils or meets with eligibility standards for the course.
b) May cross-check the RPL process at any time once the learner is registered on IIMT Studies portal
c) Must ensure the RPL process is followed in true spirit and the centre can demonstrate and produce the evidence whenever required by IIMT Studies
d) While claiming the unit exemptions, must produce the evidence of the claim and the process followed to recognize them
e) Only IIMT Studies authorised staff members in consultation with the Awarding body will apply the RPL. Associates and centres must not commit/authorise any RPL claims.
1.2. Use of RPL:
RPL process is to be utilized to verify and validate the learners claimed evidence valid for previous learning.
1.2.1. What can be produced:
• Evidence of education and training
• Valid experience and certificates
• Certificates for English language (like IELST) or computer literacy course, if any
1.3. RPL assessment:
The protocol of RPL assessment applies to every claim and the components of the claim. The assessor must not ignore any element of the claims. In includes:
a) Theory evidence
b) Evidence of previous work
c) Project works
d) Other claimed evidence
The below process must be followed while assessing the claims.
i) The validity of evidence in respect to assessment criteria
a) The learners must have original copies of certificates
b) If the original is lost, the replacement certificate must be produced
c) Internal certificate of completion must not be accepted, provided by the training provider.
d) While verifying the respective awarding organization should be consulted.
iii) Evidence of previous work:
a) Evidence produced by a learner must be with valid dates and signatures.
b) The photocopies must be self-attested by the learner producing the evidence. The original documents are must to verify the photocopies.
c) Evidence having not the above requirements fulfilled, must not be considered.
The evidence to be assessed:
a) Must not be the work of a team or a group of people
b) Must be achieved by the learner himself/herself
c) If it is teamwork demonstrated: must have sufficient evidence of being a team working on it. In such cases, learners’ work must be identified considering his own achievements.
The evidence produced must be sufficient enough for the assessor to assess them.
a) Incomplete evidence will not be accepted
The evidence must be reliable, which may also include the witness testimony.
a) The evidence and the witness must be reliable
b) The assessor must assess the occupation of the witness.
c) Evidence must help the assessor to come on a decision
d) Evidence must not be confusing
1.4.1. Who can be involved:
a) The identifiable staff of the approved centre
b) The staff involved in the process must hold reverent expertise to carry out the process.
1.4.2. Methods to be used to follow the process:
a. Reliability of the documents
b. Examination of evidence
c. Cross verification of the produced evidence and claims
d. Multiple assessment methods to examine the demonstrated evidence
This may require coordination with a learner for planning, making a decision on assessment, feedback from the learner (award or not award of credits).
In order to comply with this policy, assessor additionally, ensure to record all evidence, process and outcomes followed for the RPL recognition process& produced to IIMT Studies in a usual way. The same must be followed on a case to case bases for every qualification.
1.5. Exemptions of equivalent units and credit transfer:
The exemption allows the recognition of formally recognized achievements which may be obtained by the learner outside the Regulated Qualification Framework. This may require a centre to have the prior assessment done. However, this doesn’t guarantee the desired outcome if, IIMT Studies conduct the check on the assessment to minimize the risk associated with it, which turns out to recall the centre’s decision. Such cases may also be considered under malpractice and maladministration.
1.6. The outcome of RPL:
The result of RPL may result in the recognition of produced evidence after necessary assessment practice. The credits can be claimed on the bases of the learner’s sole achievements if they have confidence in achieving the outcomes of the units/modules by their previous knowledge or skills.
1.6.1 It is fully based on:
II) demonstrated evidence
III) validity and authenticity
IV) may additionally require the observation of current units despite having the RPL process done
V) Standards of the unit must meet evidence obtained from RPL