Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy
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Applicants for the Advanced Training Programme in Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) who have relevant prior learning and qualifications.
To define the mechanism for reviewing and crediting prior learning for applicants for the SRH Advanced Training Programme.
The SRH Advanced Training Curriculum of the New Zealand College of Sexual and Reproductive Health (NZCSRH) states that the training will occur in sites which have been accredited for training prior to commencement of training. However, NZCSRH recognises that trainees may have prior learning and qualifications relevant to the SRH Advanced Training Programme. This may include international medical graduates (IMGs) who have been working within the scope of sexual and reproductive health in countries where there is no postgraduate specialist qualification, which includes Australia.
Applicants must have been accepted to the SRH Advanced Training Programme for prior learning to be substantiated. This must be done before commencing training.
Applicants who have been working as a postgraduate doctor in a Sexual Health or a Family Planning clinic within the previous 3 years may have this time recognised towards exemption from that clinical placement. In order to be credited the full hours, a completed logbook must be provided in addition to a supervisor’s assessment. Working without supervision will not be considered sufficient for the full placement. However, a reduction in the total number of hours required may be considered upon provision of appropriate confirmation of service. In most situations, applicants will need to complete the one-year full time equivalent of supervised training (Year 1) even if other hours are credited from prior learning.
Applicants who have worked in a service relating to a subspecialty topic within the previous 3 years may have this time recognised towards exemption from that subspecialty topic but must complete an assignment relating to it in accordance with the SRH Advanced Training Curriculum.
Applicants trained in procedures covered by the SRH Advanced Training Programme including Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) procedures, Pipelles and vulval biopsies will need to produce a logbook evidence of procedures and will be assessed for competence by their supervisor.
IMGs from countries where there is no postgraduate specialist qualification, who have been providing sexual and reproductive health care at a specialist level will need to provide evidence to support this experience and training, including any postgraduate certificates or diplomas.
Applications for recognition of prior learning (RPL) must be made at the time of application for the SRH Advanced Training Programme following the application process.
All decisions regarding RPL will be minuted in the records of the relevant meeting of the EAC and recorded on the trainee’s file.
Any dispute in this regard will be referred to the NZSRHECT Board according to the Complaints Policy.
Policy Owner: Educational Advisory Committee | Date: May 2022 | Review Date: May 2025