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SWL recognition assessment guidelines

The assessment guidelines are designed to ensure that assessment is consistent with VCAA requirements and provide equity for all students across Victoria.

In all instances, the home school is responsible for assessing and determining Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) recognition.

SWL recognition assessment requirements

The assessment process requires:

1. The student to gather evidence of their workplace learning in their Workplace Learning Record (WLR).

2. A staff member to review observations made in the workplace and how these learnings relate to the VET qualification being undertaken.

3. Students to complete the three sections from the WLR to achieve credit.

SWL recognition assessment process

The workplace reflections recorded in the WLR provide evidence for the formal assessment of SWL recognition.

  • Students must reflect on a minimum of six units of competency (UoCs) per SWL recognition credit. This must consist of the workplace health and safety UoC and five additional UoCs experienced over the 80 hours in the workplace.
  • Students can reflect on a UoC that they have not yet undertaken if experienced in the workplace. If a UoC the student is undertaking is not listed in the WLR, this can be added at the end of Section 2.
  • Evidence must be genuine and confirm the student’s own reflection.
  • Assessment of the WLR and formal recognition leading to the awarding of credit must be conducted by a person with an education and training background. This may be a qualified teacher, a trainer and assessor who meets the requirements outlined in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 or a qualified careers education practitioner.
  • Assessment can be written or oral and may involve a one-on-one discussion between the student and assessor.
  • Students are required to analyse their own learning and practice of their skills, and articulate what changes or action they would make to improve their employability skills.
  • The professional judgment of the assessor or teacher will take into account the reflections of the student, evidence presented or discussed and the appropriateness of responses to the three questions for each UoC.
  • Assessment can occur at any time. Students may provide additional evidence or reflections to the satisfaction of the assessor. Once a determination has been made that the student has satisfactorily completed the requirements for a unit of credit, the assessor should complete and sign the SWL recognition Assessment Record and pass it on to their VASS administrator for entry.

SWL recognition materials for VCE VET programs

SWL recognition assessment record  (published October 2023)