The Certificate III Construction Waterproofing is a qualification that can be attained in either of two ways. Firstly by completing a distance education course. This mode is for people with no/little waterproofing experience and/or knowledge. Also appropriate for experienced waterproofers who want to ‘brush up’ on their knowledge, particularly in less used areas. For example, one gentleman who recently completed this course has 30 plus years experience which is predominately in internal areas. His knowledge of the techniques for external and in particular below ground was quite limited. He found it more appropriate to do the complete the entire course than attempt the RPL mode discussed below. Secondly, the ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ mode (RPL) is for experienced waterproofers who have current knowledge that is sufficient to complete the assessments without having to do the full course (discussed above). The RPL model requires participants to provide evidence of their skills against all the criteria of the course. This is based on the claim that the participant does not need to complete the course as they already have the knowledge. The participant must provide evidence that they do have the knowledge. It is interesting to keep in mind, that experience in itself is not evidence of knowledge, even though the knowledge is indeed gained through that experience. There is a detailed kit available for people wanting to consider RPL to self-assess their evidence which in turn allows them to recognise if they need to complete the full course or can proceed with the RPL process.
Thursday, April 4th, 2013