What prior learning can count towards Recognition?
You will need to provide formal recognition of your current knowledge and skills. As part of the process you will be required to match your knowledge and skills to the learning outcomes of the course you are enrolled in.
Types of Evidence:
Formal qualifications: When supplying formal qualifications from a Training Organisation you must supply a copy of the certificate and a transcript of the competencies achieved. We will need you to provide us with the learning outcomes and course outlines to enable us to make a comparison
Work and life experience: When assessing evidence from work and/or life experience, MDBA must ensure the knowledge and/or skills described in the evidence matches the learning outcomes of the subjects you are applying for. Types of evidence can be:
• In-house training
• Workplace reference
• Statement of duties
• Work project
• Newspaper cuttings of achievements
• Minutes of meetings attended or conducted
• Documents showing organising/supervisor skills
• Personal references from breeders, puppy buyers , vets etc
Note: In all cases, MDBA must be satisfied that the documents demonstrate your competence. A letter from a vet on company letterhead or from a community leader verifying and supporting the evidence is one method.
Which of my skills and knowledge are relevant?
To work out if your current knowledge and skills are relevant, and could be recognised as credit towards the course you are enrolled in you need to:
1. Assemble a portfolio of all relevant information to any of the modules in the course. It might be advisable for you to find a person such as your workplace supervisor, a co-worker, a family member or a friend. This support person should be someone who knows about your skills and knowledge, and who could assist you in identifying which modules you could apply for recognition of your prior experiences.
2. Once you have determined if your knowledge and skills match any of the modules, you need to consider the evidence you are able to collect to verify that you have achieved the learning outcomes for the relevant modules. (Learning outcomes are statements that outline what a student can do at the completion of a module).
How much recognition can I apply for? This depends on your qualification, skills, work and life experience. You could apply for recognition for the whole course – although this will be very rare because of the content of some of the modules.