When Churchill Education co-founder, Randall Smith, left the Queensland Police Service after sixteen years, he felt like all his experience counted for nothing. As a celebrated Senior Detective, a diagnosis of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) left Randall reeling. He lost everything – his identity, career progress, and sense of self-worth.
‘My skills, knowledge and training meant something to people in the police, but not on the outside,’ Randall explains. ‘I felt pretty hopeless. I looked at job ads and knew I could do what they were asking for, but I had no way of proving it.’
Someone told Randall about recognition of prior learning (RPL) and he thought he’d give it a go. It’s indescribable, Randall says, how rewarding it was to see his experience translated to civilian qualifications. ‘The quals validated my transferrable skills and abilities. Finally, I could get the new start I was looking for.’ That new start was Churchill Education.
Your experience does count – give us a call to find out just how rewarding RPL can be – 1300 793 002.
RPL is a process through which the experience, skills and knowledge that you already have can be converted to nationally recognised qualifications.
The process of gaining qualifications through RPL can seem complex. That’s why we created this collection of answers to our most commonly asked questions!
In this case study police officer Brendan talks about the black dog of PTSD, breaking point and the difference RPL has made to his self-esteem.
Zoe Hutchinson, National Contract Manager for Wesfarmers, was able to transform a career in Quality Systems auditing, integrated risk management and senior level strategic thinking into three very impressive qualifications through RPL (recognition of prior learning).
From protecting ambassadors in the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan, to managing security for the Australian Cricket Team, Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and global celebrities, Glenn Upson is a great example of the opportunities available in the Security Risk Management Industry.
Churchill Education is a family-owned registered training organisation based in Samford, just outside Brisbane. Whatever qualifications you are seeking, whatever industry background, professional skills or life journey you bring with you, we welcome, respect and acknowledge your stories and experiences.
Many thanks for the service you provide and allowing individuals like myself to consolidate our years of experience into a formal piece of paper. Kelly has been exceptional, and I have had the pleasure of also discussing my story with Leonie for a case study. I am fortunate and grateful to Jason Linford, who directed me to Churchill. If the opportunity presents, I will be sure to refer others.
– Zoe Hutchinson, Churchill Graduate
Churchill Education were super professional, and great to deal with. I was awarded an advanced diploma through RPL, they stepped me through the process, worked with me, we’re there to answer or clarify any questions! They were great! And the fee for the qualification was between 1/2 price and 1/8th of price of some purge RTO’s. Thoroughly recommend them. AND THE RPL ASSESSMENT IS FREE!!!!!!!!!!
– Glenn Hargrave, Churchill Graduate
ADF leavers may want to consider organisations such as Churchill Education to get their skills aligned to real qualifications so they have the tools compliment their experience in discipline, training and mentoring, etc. I used them in 2011 and came away with quals that complimented my military time (NZ) and have been very valuable in my employment opportunities. Military experience and skills unfortunately won’t cut the mustard by themselves in today’s employment arena. You need quals to compliment them.
-Ed Te Tau, Churchill Graduate
The team at Churchill Education did a great job of walking me through the process of collating the necessary evidence of the skills and knowledge I have built up throughout my career. It was a cathartic journey reviewing my completed projects and strategic plans to pick out examples of work and the experience boosted my morale during a challenging time in my life. I would recommend Churchill Education to anyone who has worked hard on their careers for many years and then realised their qualifications no longer reflect their real world achievements.
– Peter Harvey, Churchill Graduate
Can personally vouch for Churchill Education!! Easy, affordable and they did everything for me.
-Ana, Churchill Graduate
Recently used CE for a few qualifications. Couldn’t have asked for a better company to deal with for RPL. Every bit of correspondence by phone or email was great. The most polite customer service team I have experienced in a long time.
Well done CE. Thanks for the quals.
-Luke, Churchill Graduate
A lot of my mates still in the forces are very interested about this service and I will be highly recommending you guys to all of them for the professionalism, the knowledge and the ease of the process for someone who is absolutely inept at paperwork (like myself).
–Josh, Churchill Graduate
My husband and I have both used Churchill Education to get RPLs. I can highly recommend them. They confirmed that I certainly did have enough experience for several RPLs and it has opened up different pathways for me. I know of Defence and ex-Defence people who have used Churchill and they have also had really good experiences dealing with Churchill Education. Don’t waste your time with any other RTO!!
-Melissa, Churchill Graduate
I returned to work today to find your package with my Certificate and Diploma and wanted to write and say thanks to you and your team for making the RPL so hassle free. I have recommended Churchill Education to several colleagues who are looking to further their study, so don’t be surprised if you get a few more enquiries from the organisation.
-Evan, Churchill Graduate
I RPL’d my diploma with Churchill and it was super easy. Definitely recommend going through them if you’re keen in getting some quals.
-Mel-Ann, Churchill Graduate
I couldn’t believe how simple getting my qualifications recognised was. I will certainly recommend Churchill to anyone contemplating getting their own experience recognised. Your assistance has been greatly appreciated.
-Mark Dixon, Churchill Graduate
I have picked up a more challenging role within my organisation.This was made possible through the RPL I received from you. I am really impressed with your work ethic and your excellent customer service.
-Kidron Koroma , Churchill Graduate
‘Great people, they helped me. I would recommend them.’
-Bob Keane, Churchill Graduate
“I used Churchill Education to RPL my Diploma and provide me with the a new qualification required for my employment. The process was great from the start and the support given to me to provide the documents required was something that is lacking in many other RTOs. The system has been designed to make the process as smooth as possible and is supported by personalised support. I would have no hesitation in recommending Churchill and also using them again in the future. Thanks Kelly and Randall.”
-David James, Churchill Graduate
Churchill Education helped me out. I was able to get a job after being a grunt.
-Daniel, Churchill Graduate