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Heard about Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and or Exemptions and don’t exactly know what that means? Or wonder if you qualify? Let’s dive in and give an easy explanation.

 

Definition:

The term “recognition of prior learning” should be understood as a process, undertaken by qualified personnel, of identifying, documenting, assessing and certifying a person’s competencies, acquired through formal, non-formal or informal learning, based on established qualification standards.

 

What is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) – an easy explanation:

This is a process that allows individuals to gain formal recognition for skills and knowledge they have acquired through work experience, informal learning, or other non-formal means. In education and training, RPL is a way to acknowledge and credit a person’s existing skills and knowledge.

 

This short video explains it well.

 

Now you might wonder what is Credits and how do they work?  Check this blog article out to explain

What industries can people normally qualify for an RPL?

Why would you be interested in RPL?

 

RPL is an amazing way to take all the previous learning you have achieved, either by credits of past (but incomplete studies) to take your Credits into consideration and/or your previous but relevant work experience into the equation and as such give you the much needed Qualification and Certificate. This could be the difference of the dream job or the much wanted job promotion. This qualification could then also assist you with articulation paths for further studies i.e Advanced Diploma or Degree options.

 

Make sure to get recognised for what you have achieved to date and reach out to us here.

 

Sources:
https://www.ilo.org/skills/areas/work-based-learning/WCMS_672345/lang–en/index.htm#:~:text=The%20Recognition%20of%20Prior%20Learning,social%20inclusion%20and%20self%2Desteem.

 

What is RPL?

We encourage you to watch these short video’s to explain what RPL is:

 

 

What professions offer RPL?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a flexible process that can be applicable across various professions and industries. While the extent to which RPL is accepted and implemented may vary, many sectors recognize the value of assessing individuals’ existing skills and knowledge. Here are several professions and industries where RPL is commonly offered:

1. Information Technology (IT):

    • Programming
    • Web Development
    • Cybersecurity
    • Network Administration

2. Healthcare:

    • Nursing
    • Allied Health Professions
    • Medical Coding
    • Healthcare Administration

3. Business and Management:

    • Project Management
    • Human Resources
    • Marketing
    • Entrepreneurship

4. Education:

    • Teaching
    • Educational Administration
    • Training and Development

5. Construction and Trades:

    • Carpentry
    • Plumbing
    • Electrical Work
    • Construction Management

6. Engineering:

    • Civil Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering

7. Finance:

    • Accounting
    • Financial Planning
    • Banking

8. Creative Arts:

    • Graphic Design
    • Photography
    • Music Production

9. Hospitality and Tourism:

    • Culinary Arts
    • Hotel Management
    • Event Planning

10. Social Work and Counseling:

    • Social Work
    • Counseling
    • Substance Abuse Counseling

11. Language and Communication:

    • Translation and Interpretation
    • Technical Writing
    • Communication Studies

12. Agriculture and Environmental Sciences:

    • Agriculture Management
    • Environmental Science

13. Emergency Services:

    • Paramedicine
    • Firefighting
    • Emergency Management

14. Transportation and Logistics:

    • Commercial Driving
    • Logistics Management

15. Legal Services:

    • Paralegal Studies
    • Legal Administration

16. Retail and Customer Service:

    • Retail Management
    • Customer Service Training

17. Manufacturing and Production:

    • Quality Control
    • Manufacturing Processes

18. Fitness and Wellness:

    • Personal Training
    • Fitness Instruction

19. Science and Research:

    • Laboratory Technology
    • Research Methodology

20. Public Administration:

    • Public Policy
    • Government Administration

It’s important to note that the availability and acceptance of RPL may vary by region and specific educational institutions or employers. Individuals interested in pursuing RPL should check with relevant accrediting bodies, educational institutions, or employers in their specific field to understand the processes and criteria for recognition in that context.

 

If you believe RPL is the way to go for you, reach out to us here.

 

 

 

 

As the year draws to a close, it’s only natural to reflect on the journey we’ve undertaken in the past 12 months and the year in review so to speak.  Each year brings its own set of challenges, growth, and resilience. In this article, we’ll take a moment to look back at the highlights, lessons learned, self-reflection and the promise of the future as we bid farewell to another year.

1. Personal Growth and Self-Discovery

One of the most significant aspects of any year’s end is the opportunity for personal reflection. It’s a chance to consider how we’ve evolved and grown as individuals. Whether you’ve achieved personal goals, overcome obstacles, or embarked on a journey of self-discovery, take a moment to celebrate your progress and resilience.

This year many of us faced personal challenges, and yet, we persevered. We learned new skills, adapted to changing circumstances, and discovered strength we never knew we had. As we close the chapter on this year, let’s carry these lessons forward into the future. Do have a look at some fabulous recorded webinars available on www.icb.org.za/cpd/ which cover finance topics, and personal growth.

2. Celebrating Achievements

Amidst the challenges, there were also moments of celebration. Take a moment to recognize your achievements, no matter how small they may seem. Whether it’s a personal milestone, a professional success, or a new hobby you picked up, these moments deserve to be acknowledged and celebrated.

One may ask how to stay focussed on your goals?

It’s been said to stay in a “state of Flow” – you may ask what does that mean? But sometimes staying in your pathway to success needs constant hard work and practice, practice, practice.

Flow is more than just concentrating or paying attention: it’s a unique mental state of effortless engagement.  And those that experience flow report higher levels of positive emotions, creativity and feelings of accomplishment.

This requires focus and then the flow.  Have a look at this Ted Talk to explain it best.

 

1. Answer the hopes and dreams you had planned for this year

Evaluate whether these were realized, what rolls over to the new year, what new goals are being included. What steps do you have in place to make your dreams a reality?  And what goals do you need to keep in your “Flow State” to keep working on and practicing?

2. Let’s do a round up of the most popular blogs this year.

While we are busy with the year in review, let’s have a look at our most popular blogs for the past year and see what we can re-evaluate and pop into our goal setting for the new year.

3. Need some motivation?

Please have a look at our blogs on our NEWS section of the website www.icb.org.za

As we bid farewell to the year, we can’t help but look forward to the future. The coming year holds the promise of new opportunities, fresh challenges, and the chance to continue growing and evolving. It’s a time to set goals, make plans, and envision the kind of year we want to create.

In closing, let’s remember that the end of the year is not just about saying goodbye to the past but also about welcoming the future with open arms and hopeful hearts. As we step into the new year,  may we carry the lessons and experiences of past year/s with us, and may we embrace the journey ahead with optimism and determination.

 

The end of the year is an ideal time for reflection, celebration, and anticipation. This has been a year of growth and resilience, marked by personal achievements and global challenges. As we close this chapter and look toward the future, let’s remember the lessons learned, the progress made, and the potential that lies ahead. Here’s to a brighter and more prosperous new year for all of us. Happy New Year!

 

 

Inspiration:
https://issuu.com/blog/how-to-create-a-year-in-review

A typical day for an accounting technician can vary depending on the specific job responsibilities and the organization they work for. However, here’s a general outline of what a day in the life of an accounting technician might look like:

  1. Reviewing Financial Documents:
    The day may begin by reviewing financial documents such as invoices, receipts, bank statements, and expense reports. The accounting technician ensures that the documents are complete, accurate, and comply with relevant accounting standards.
  2. Data Entry and Bookkeeping:
    The technician enters financial transactions into the accounting software or spreadsheets, updating the general ledger and subsidiary ledgers. This involves recording income, expenses, assets, and liabilities to maintain accurate financial
  3. Accounts Payable and Receivable:
    The technician may handle accounts payable tasks such as processing vendor invoices, verifying payment terms, and issuing payments. They may also assist with accounts receivable by preparing and sending invoices, monitoring customer payments, and following up on overdue accounts.
  4. Reconciliation:
    Regular reconciliation of bank accounts, credit card statements, and other financial accounts is crucial. The accounting technician compares the recorded transactions in the accounting system with the actual bank or statement balances to identify discrepancies and ensure accuracy.
  5. Financial Reporting:
    The technician may assist in preparing financial reports, including profit and loss statements, balance sheets, cash flow statements, and other management reports. They may compile and analyze financial data to generate insights for management or external stakeholders.
  6. Assisting with Audits:
    During audit periods, the accounting technician may support auditors by providing requested financial information, locating relevant documents, and ensuring that records are in order.
  7. Communication and Team Collaboration:
    Accounting technicians often work as part of a team, collaborating with accountants, bookkeepers, and other colleagues. They may communicate with vendors, clients, and internal stakeholders to resolve issues, clarify financial matters, or provide updates.
  8. Staying Updated:
    To maintain their professional expertise, accounting technicians may spend time researching changes in accounting regulations, tax laws, and industry best practices. They may also attend training sessions or workshops to enhance their skills.
    Refer here to see why you should join a professional body, what is CPD, and how to ensure you stay compliant as a tax practitioner in SA.
  9. Administrative Tasks:
    Alongside their core accounting responsibilities, accounting technicians may handle administrative tasks such as organizing files, maintaining documentation, and managing emails or correspondence related to financial

It’s important to note that the specific tasks and priorities can vary based on the industry, organization size, and the technician’s level of experience.

 

Inspiration:

https://credobusinesscollege.co.za/blog/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-technical-accountant/