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Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a form of assessment that acknowledges your formal and informal learning gained through:

  • Previous training and education

  • Past and current work experience - paid or volunteer

  • Life experience

The RPL process will involve validation of your existing skills and knowledge. Through this process you will be able to obtain credits in a course and, in some cases, a full qualification.

The assessment can take place by viewing existing academic records, proof of training course/workshop attendance, written support by previous employers and by viewing procedures and process undertaken in your workplace.

What are the advantages of RPL?
   •  It can assist you in gaining entry into higher levels of study and training.
   •  You can obtain/complete a formal qualification in a shorter period of time and at less cost.
   •  It can increase your career and education options through recognised skills and knowledge.
   •  You are recognised for your existing skills and knowledge, thus eliminating the need to repeat the learning that you have already undertaken.
How to apply for RPL
 Step 1. Gather your documentation
Gather all the documentation about your skills and experience that will assist the assessor with deciding if you have the skills and knowledge to gain RPL for either a unit or a full qualification.
The documentation you gather may include: 
   •  ​​​​General employment document
   •  Resume 
   •  Position description or job description 
   •  Results of any assessments 
   •  Details of in-house courses, training programs, orientation, induction 
   •  References or letters from employers and or supervisors   
   •  Workplace documents 
   •  Diaries/task sheets 
   •  Samples of documents that you have produced 
   •  Emails/letters
   •  Occupational Health & Safety documentation
   •  Copies of presentations

Our Assessor will work with you during the RPL process to determine exactly what evidence is required.
You will also need to supply contact details of one or two work referees who can confirm your skills and knowledge.

Step 2. Register your interest 
If you would like to find out more about RPL please contact us via this form.
An RPL Assessor will be in contact with you to discuss the next steps. 

Step 3. An assessor will review your claim 
An assessor will review your skills and knowledge based on the evidence you provide and match them to units within a qualification. ​

You will also have the opportunity to discuss your previous experience with the assessor who will understand your industry

Step 4. You will be notified of outcome
After the assessment of your prior learning, your assessor will give you information about the skills and knowledge that have been recognised and whether you have gained the full qualification.   

If you do have any skill gaps, the assessor will discuss with you how these may be addressed through flexible training options to complete the qualification

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Page last updated November 15, 2017