At 3CIR, we are in the business of recognition or prior learning, or RPL. Unlike many RTOs that offer RPL opportunities, though, we often focus our efforts on a particular niche of students: current and ex-military members.
Serving in the military is often a rewarding experience, giving you the opportunity to learn a lot, build lifelong friendships with your fellow servicemen and servicewomen and affording you the pride of having put your life on the line to serve your country. While joining the military is a noble pursuit, though, it is also a highly challenging and dangerous one.
The difficulty doesn’t stop when your service ends, either. On the contrary, returning to regular civilian life after a time in the Australian or New Zealand Defence Force is no easy task. At this point, the psychology of veterans—particularly those who have seen combat—is well-documented. Post-traumatic stress disorder (or PTSD) is a very real and very serious problem for veterans.
However, even ex-military service people who don’t struggle with PTSD can have difficulty reintegrating into everyday life. Academia is often at the root of those problems. Individuals who have served in the military have invariably gone through a bulk of training and educational sessions. They’ve gained skills and experience that are, by most accounts, extremely valuable to many branches of the Australian or New Zealand workforce. However, ex-military types are sometimes not seen as hireable—not because they lack the skills to do the job, but because they do not have the certification.
Offering Prior Learning Recognition for Military Service
At 3CIR, we offer RPL, or recognition of prior learning, for military service people. We believe the skills that servicemen and women acquire while serving their country are valuable and should be given the same weight as skills learned in the university classroom. Our recognition prior learning courses are designed to take the knowledge, experience and skills that are already there and back them up with certifications. These certifications, in turn, make it easier for veterans to find work and build regular lives away from the military. 3CIR specialises in RPL for the following services: