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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

What is Recognised Prior Learning?

If you have completed an equivalent instructor course, either within Australia or overseas, then you may be eligible to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) which will either allow direct accreditation to an Australian Sailing Instructor qualification or partial recoginition for certain competencies of the qualification.

Who is eligible to apply for RPL?

Australian Sailing Instructors

If you already hold a current Australian Sailing Instructor qualification in another program you will be eligible to apply for RPL, allowing you to only have to attend the two practical days of the instructor course.

Overseas Instructors/ Other Qualifications

If you hold an equivalent overseas instructor qualification you may be eligible for RPL. Dependant on the qualification you hold and the country of issue, you may be required to undergo an assessment of your instructor skills and complete an instructor orientation.

You must prove the currency of your overseas qualification and your previous instructing experience. If your qualification is not current, inline with the country of issues currency policy, you must complete an assessment.

If you hold an instructor qualification from one of the countries below, you may be eligible for direct RPL accreditation and only have to complete an instructor orientation:

  • UK (RYA qualifications)
  • Ireland

If you have an instructor qualification from another sport you will still be required to attend the full course, however you may not need to complete the online instructor questions (i.e if your qualification is recognised on the NCAS).

What are the mandatory items?

All instructors must comply with the pre-requisites for our instructor qualifications:

  • Hold a current Applied First Aid Certificate (or equivalent)
  • Hold an Australian Sailing Powerboat Handling Certificate (for Powerboat, Dinghy and Windsurfing Instructors) or equivalent*
  • Hold the level of competence in the Program you wish to instruct
  • Be 16 years old (must be 18 years old to be the head instructor at a Centre)
  • Comply with relevant State Maritime Licence requirements
  • All instructors must receive the relevant instructor pack for the program you wish to be accredited in

*Note that State Powerboat Licences do not necessarily meet the requirements of the Powerboat Handling Certificate which is a two day structured course with practical assessment.

  • All instructors must also sign the Instructor’s Code of Conduct.

State Legislation?

All instructors working at an Australian Sailing Discover Sailing Centre must meet the local state requirements with regards to licences and child protection etc. which may go above and beyond the  Australian Sailing requirements.

How do I apply for RPL?

  1.  You must complete the RPL application form  and attach all relevant evidence documentation and send to your State Association for processing.
  2. The State Association will then review your application and identify if an assessment is required.
  3. If it is deemed an assessment of your instructor skills is required, the State Association will liaise with yourself and a Senior Instructor to coordinate a suitable time and date for an assessment.
  4. Prior to the assessment you must complete the instructor orientation (delivered by the State or SI, and in the future online). Your State Association will also inform you of when this will take place.
  5. If no assessment is required you will be required to complete the instructor orientation prior to the qualification being recommended.

For further information on the RPL process or to apply, please contact your State Association.