Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Recognition of prior learning can be given to foster care applicants who have previously completed relevant mandatory foster carer training in Queensland.

Recognition of prior learning can be provided for all or part of Getting ready to start and Starting out training by a:

  • foster carer assessor, where a returning Queensland carer applicant’s response and level of knowledge can evidence competency as part of the assessment, or 
  • key trainer, where an applicant can submit relevant documentation to the key trainer, including completed work sheets for the key trainer to assess competency.

If there is an interruption to an individual’s progression through Getting ready to start training, there can be recognition of prior learning, provided the individual is assessed as having achieved competency in the modules previously completed.

Recognition of prior learning should consider whether there has been significant legislative, policy or practice changes which impact the role of the carer, which cannot be flexibly provided on a one-one basis

Where returning Queensland carers have not completed the Hope and Healing trauma informed training, they will need to complete the training as part of their mandatory requirements for approval as a foster carer. The training would be a requirement during a carer’s first year of approval upon return.

Recognition of prior learning for a previous interstate foster carer can be provided for part of Getting ready to start and Starting out training by a:

  • key trainer, where an applicant can submit relevant documentation to the key trainer, including completed work sheets for the key trainer to assess competency. Information on statutory requirements in Queensland can be flexibly provided on a one-to-one basis.

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Guidelines for getting the evidence you need for RPL