Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ) is committed to member education and enabling lifeguards to achieve recognised qualifications within New Zealand. The following outlines the process to gain recognition of prior learning (RPL) for international qualifications.
Recognition of prior learning describes a process used by organizations, training institutions, colleges and universities to evaluate skills and knowledge gained outside the classroom. These skills and knowledge are then recognised against a set of standards or learning objectives. For example, you may be involved in coaching, have extensive coaching skills and experience for which you have no formal recognition. To be granted RPL, you need to collect and present evidence that clearly demonstrates you have met or exceeded the requirements of all the learning outcomes on the SLSNZ course or award.
Evidence for assessment may come from:
Your evidence may come from a variety of sources, which may include:
The evidence should be concise and arranged systematically in a portfolio so the assessor can easily see the match between your evidence and the SLSNZ learning outcomes. The onus is on you to present all necessary evidence. To protect the credibility of SLSNZ and in fairness to those who complete the full SLSNZ courses and awards, your application will initially be declined if insufficient evidence is submitted.
The evidence you provide must:
SLSNZ will evaluate your application, undertake any necessary checks and communicate the result to you. Checks may include:
The assessor must be confident you are able to meet or exceed all of the requirements of the learning outcomes for the SLSNZ course/qualification for which you seek RPL. The assessor may decide:
If you are not happy with the decision of your assessor, you may appeal to the CEO, SLSNZ who will discuss further options with you.