The aviation industry covers such a broad range of roles and skills, therefore there are many qualifications that you may be eligible for, depending on your specific experience.
Here are the three most relevant and versatile qualifications to obtain through Recognition of Prior Learning for the aviation sector:
We’d like to share the story of one of our talented Skills Recognition Advisors – Amanda Smith who left Qantas after 20 years of aviation service… also wondering ‘what now’…
Life after Qantas – Amanda Smith
When people ask about life as a flight attendant, many times they already think they know the answer: glamorous travel, serving drinks and snacks with a smile, and reminding everyone to secure their seatbelts as we passed down the aisle.
Over my twenty years working for Qantas (first in the air, and then on the ground in training and recruitment), I certainly enjoyed some extraordinary travel opportunities working with some great people. I met my husband Brett, and have many great memories of my time in the air. And I did serve passengers with a smile, even when sometimes their behaviour may not have deserved one.
When I decided to change careers to be consistently home for my young family, I knew my time and experience with Qantas had taught me so much more. From managing difficult conversations with passengers, assessing possible security risks, developing the skills to remain cool under pressure, maintaining work health and safety standards for passengers and crew, to effective team work with colleagues juggling time and space constraints.
I had built up the sorts of skills that should have seen a recruiter circling the “Yes” box on a shortlist.
But walking out that last day from Qantas, all I had to show for 20 years, and an increasing level of responsibility across my roles, was a piece of paper that stated my start date and my end date.
I had no qualifications that meant anything to anyone outside of Qantas, and therefore no formal way of proving what I knew, what I could do, and what I was worth.
At the time, I didn’t know about the importance of capturing all that experience in a way that would overcome people’s perception of my role as a flight attendant. All I knew was how hard it was to find that next position and help people see past their assumptions about flight attendants.
And I also didn’t know a way existed to do just that. Something called Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
Put simply, RPL is an assessment method approved by the Australian Government that benchmarks all of the learning we have completed on the job and the skills and knowledge we have built up clocking all those hours in the air (think of it as the School of Hard Knocks) against nationally recognised qualifications.
For many people who are employed in industries where there is a strong internal training and mandated standard of knowledge and skills to stay in the role (such as aviation, defence, police and mining) but limited understanding of this outside the industry, RPL is proving a game changer in transitioning careers.
It saves people time and stress, through not having to return to the classroom to study what you already know. It also saves money, costing a fraction of the tuition fees for studying. And it gives you the external recognition your years of service deserve, whilst opening doors to new careers.
Fees and Payment
RPL qualifications range from $995 – $3500.
We have a range of payment options available for you including: Bank Transfer, Credit Card, Instalment Payment Plans and Finance Options. Find out more here.
How does the RPL process work?
Let’s step this out a bit more:Step 1. We conduct a free preliminary skills assessment and give you a report.
The RPL process begins with a conversation with one of our Skills Advisors.
○ You could be eligible for right now
○ You could be eligible for with a little more online gap training.
This is cost-free and obligation-free.Step 2. You tell us the qualifications you want and provide evidence.
You can make an informed decision about which qualifications are best for you and your career. Once this is confirmed, we can complete the process.
Congratulations! Your experience has been validated and translated into nationally recognised qualifications.
Nationally Recognised Qualifications
Are RPL qualifications nationally recognised? Yes.
Churchill Education is a registered training organisation, RTO:31430. This means that we are regulated by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), the Australian Government regulatory body for the VET sector.
The qualifications that we offer are nationally recognised, and issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). Accordingly, they’re exactly the same as those granted by other educational institutions such as TAFE.