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National Tour Guiding – RPL

This recognition of prior learning (RPL) programme is specifically for National Tour Guides with a minimum of 5 years’ experience, providing tour management services and leading tours for visitors to Ireland.

Unique to Kerry College

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What is RPL?

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is an evidence based process used to evaluate the skills and knowledge you have acquired in the workplace in order to gain a qualification.

RPL is an evidence based process where previous, relevant work experience aka ‘prior learning’ is evaluated against the learning outcomes of a particular education or training programme. Usually, this results in partial exemptions from certain modules or parts of a syllabus.

Kerry College offers full and complete exemption from the National Tour Guiding programme upon successfully completing the RPL process. Full and complete means you don’t attend any classes. You complete your portfolio of evidence which is assessed, and if successful, you are put forward for the award.

But first, you must satisfy the entry criteria.

What are the entry requirements?

  • All Prior Learning must have been achieved within the last five 5 years
  • You are a National Tour Guide with a minimum of 5 years 'island of Ireland’ tour guiding experience
  • You have 5 years’ experience in providing tour management services to visitor groups and tours
  • Your regional and national knowledge of Ireland’s geography, tourist product, social and political history is excellent and you can demonstrate this
  • You can evidence or prove you have this experience - by way of written testimonials, audio and video recordings, dated itinerary documentation and references from clients, tour management and tour guiding partners you worked with.

What is the first step?

If you feel you meet the entry criteria Apply Now  to be considered for this programme.  Our Admissions Team will send to you by email, an RPL application form for you to complete. Your completed application form will be assessed by our expert panel. If successful, you will be called for interview.

What happens at interview?

We have a conversation about your professional background and look to assess if you would make a solid RPL candidate. The interview lasts about 30 minutes. It would help if you provided on paper a basic mapping of how your last 5 years’ experience links to the learning outcomes on the NTG programme.
We interview all National Tour Guide applicants at the same time. If unsuccessful at the RPL interview, you have the option of putting your name forward for a place on the full-time Regional or National Tour Guiding Course.

I have passed the interview - what next?

Successful applicants attend an Information Session at our Kerry College – Monavalley Campus, Tralee, Co. Kerry.  Applicants will be assigned a mentor and given 3 months to submit a completed portfolio.

What is the Certification?

QQI Level 6 Special Purpose Award in National Tour Guiding (6S20232)

Cost

There is an administration fee of €150.00 payable should you pass the recruitment interview.

Full-time Courses - FAQs

At this time, Kerry College have scheduled most of its full time courses to start on Monday, 7th September. Our registration week begins on Monday 31st August. Although this may change due to public health advice, we are hopeful that things will return to a new normal in September. As always, our main focus is to provide the best possible education and training experience for our learners. A mix of online and blended learning may be required to do this. Courses are offered subject to demand and applicants meeting entry requirements. Limited places available on certain courses.

FET is short for Further Education & Training. Kerry College is an integrated college of FET which means we offer progression-focused further education programmes and a range of employment-focused skills training programmes. We also offer a range of apprenticeships.

Not at all.

All of our employment-focused full-time day courses are fee-free and fully funded. Places are subject to an admissions interview and our course capacity - which can be as low as 14 in some cases.

Our progression focused full-time courses carry a 130 euro registration fee which is paid prior to enrollment. 

Again, you don't need to be on a social welfare payment to apply or secure a place.

Our progression-focused courses are full time programmes and run from September to May each year. They provide you with the time and opportunity to explore a potential career and study path - before committing to a third level course of study.

You can achieve up to 390 points on our courses for progression which you can in turn use to access a range of third-level courses.

Kerry College has agreements in place with many Institutes of Technologies and Universities to allow our students to progress to study there.

You'll need to work hard though, achieving a full range of distinctions is often a requirement to progress.

Our employment-focused courses are full-time programmes focused on building knowledge, skill, and ability and essential qualifications to enter the jobs market.

Most have integrated work practice and/or industry placement. Many include unique, professional micro-certifications which further increase your employability.

Our courses for employment are a great choice for those wishing to career change, reskill, upskill, or start your career.

Specific entry criteria will vary depending on the course.

For most courses for employment, you must have completed a minimum of three years post-primary education or have a Junior Certificate. Some courses for employment require that you are either 18+ or 21+ before applying. Check each course page for further details.

For most courses for further study and university progression, applicants must have a Leaving Certificate, LCVP, LCA, QQI Level 4 Certificate, or have reached the age of 18. 

Mature students (over 23) may also apply. 

If you do not meet the specific entry criteria, you may be called for an information interview to secure a place. 

The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) is a ten-level system (1–10) giving an academic or vocational value to qualifications obtained in Ireland.

Kerry College offers programmes at Levels 5 and 6 but also a range of industry-recognised professional certifications.

In addition, we also offer a number of pathway courses at Level 4.

A Minor award is commonly referred to as a module - but also as a component certificate or a certificate of unit credit. 

These single 'modules' may be completed and certificated individually. All minor awards are linked to a major award that allows learners to collect and build their minor awards and work towards gaining a major award. 

A Major award is a significant achievement and usually comprises of 8 minor awards or modules.

Gaining a major award allows progression to a range of third-level programmes or qualifies you for an entry-level job where you can build on your qualification with experience.

Our Monavalley Campus has full-time courses starting every month of the year. These courses range from 8 weeks to 56 weeks in duration. We don't do a mid-term or Easter break at Monavalley. Our Campus Locations at Clash Road, Denny Street, and Listowel run by the academic calendar - starting in September and ending in May and include breaks at mid-term and Easter. Our academic year is 39 contact weeks- so when you see 39 weeks, it's a year-long course.

Applications for all full-time programmes should be made online via the Kerry College website. Your application will be processed using FETCHCOURSES - the National FET Course Application System.

If you haven't signed up for a FETCH account, you'll need to do this first. It's free and a one-time setup.

FETCH COURSES is the national application system for all FET course applications. 

All new applicants must set up a free account on www.fetchcourses.ie. You must use this to apply for all further education and training progarmmes anywhere in Ireland. 

For existing FETCH COURSES account holders, login and apply as before. 

You can reset your password using your email or mobile phone. When you do, make sure you keep it for future reference.

Bear in mind, FETCH uses your PPS number to identify you - so although you might be able to set up a second account - it won't work properly.

If you're still stuck, contact our Admissions team on 066-714 96 96.

We use the admissions interview to ensure minimum entry requirements are met and to pre-screen applicants for work practice and/or industry placement. We also assess which applicants will gain the most from spending some time at Kerry College.

We also do admissions interviews where applicants don't meet the minimum entry criteria but feel they have enough experience to do successfully complete the course.

In preparation for the interview, consider why you’ve applied for the course, know the modules and the overall award, what you need to learn, and how you plan to use your new skills. You'll need to bring a copy of your CV and any relevant certificates.

In cases where there is a high demand for a course, you need to do well at the interview to make it onto the class-list.

Yes, you do. A lot can change in a year and we always like to catch up with you and see how we can help.

There are a few options.

If you are already on a qualifying DEASP payment, you can continue to receive this while on any of our courses for employment. You must complete and sign an F103 form and bring it with you on the first day of the course.

If you are attending a course for progression, you may qualify for a SUSI Grant (via www.susi.ie) or a Back to Education Allowance (via INTREO/DEASP). Enquire directly to SUSI or INTREO for further details.

The responsibility for researching and applying for funding and financial supports is yours. We are always available to point you in the right direction though!

If you can't take up your place, you should let our team know immediately, so we can offer your place to another applicant.

We don't have a deferral policy in place for employment-based courses. 

Unfortunately, this is not possible.

Your training payment (also called a training allowance) is based on your DEASP status at the start of the course.

Our courses for employment are free. If you can attend full time, you can apply for a place. Despite not qualifying for funding or a grant, you may still get a travel payment (if you live more than 3 miles/5km away from the campus location) or an accommodation payment (if you live more than 20 miles/32km away from the campus location).

Our courses for progression cost 130 euro. At present, travel or accommodation payments are not part of these courses.

Kerry College has abolished all online application fees and is working to make Further Education & Training free for everyone in County Kerry.

The NCS (National Childcare Scheme) is now in place and provides childcare supports for those on full-time education and training programmes. Full details can be found on the www.ncs.gov.ie webpage.

Get in touch with Kerry County Childcare Committee at (066) 718 1582 to discuss which childcare supports are available to you should you enroll on a full-time FET course.

Still have questions?

Contact the Kerry College Admissions Office on 066 714 9696 or info@kerrycollege.ie

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