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RPL off and racing at North East conference

  • The group pose with Black Caviar
  • Conference host Alex Caughey
  • Rod Stebbing
  • The new CFA RPL process ensures that RPL Assessors are on hand to sit with candidates to make it a people-based assessment process
  • RPL candidates Maureen Piera (Dederang, D24) and April Padbury (Yackandandah, D24) work through the new RPL Member Info Kit
  • The RPL candidate sits a short RPL Assessment Interview to confirm their knowledge and skills and is able to explain aspects of their evidence

Nagambie, well known as the home of Melbourne Cup winning racehorse Black Caviar was the venue for the North East (NE) Region Community Safety Conference on 23 and 24 May 2015.

Story by Rod Stebbing

Alex Caughey, NE Region Community Education and Media Coordinator, and Robert Brown, NE Region Community Education Coordinator, hosted participants from the five combined districts forming the new NE Region for a two-day workshop showcasing the good work done in community engagement and community education. Everyone in attendance was an experienced community safety facilitator.

Volunteer and staff presenters worked together through a detailed agenda including a unique ‘futures-and-where-to’ discussion at the end of the first day.

On day one, participants were given the chance to undertake the new CFA Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process for the national unit of competency PUAFIR208B ‘Participate in community safety activities’.

Facilitated by district-endorsed volunteer RPL assessors and assisted by the RPL project officer from HQ, the result was a 100 per cent uptake of the opportunity with 12 candidates successfully assessed on the Sunday.

Conference sponsor Robyn Hobbs, NE Region Team Leader – Risk and Service Delivery said, “The RPL process was well received by the participants. They felt the reflection process and one-on-one time was an affirmation of their skills and knowledge.

“All participants went away with a heightened level of enthusiasm.”

Conference host and local community safety champion Alex Caughey had the final word.

“It was good to finally put the RPL process to the test. It worked well with lots of positive feedback from participants. I had my doubts about the time requirement but was pleasantly surprised at how quickly we were able to work our way through each participant’s evidence.”

For more information on RPL go to Brigades online > Training > Resources > Recognition of Prior Learning, or speak to your District Training Team.

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Last Updated: 25 June 2015