Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning or RPL is a way of gaining formal recognition for the skills and knowledge you already have.

Benefits of RPL

  • Gaining a full qualification or credit towards one
  • Completing a course more quickly
  • Gaining professional recognition for skills and knowledge you already have
  • Improving your employment prospects
  • Providing a pathway to further studies

Applying for RPL

Contact the relevant training area for further information on getting started.

Be prepared to provide evidence of your skills and knowledge.

Your assessor will explain what you need to provide.

RPL Process

RPL assessment may differ between different qualifications and situations. The general process under the guidance of an assessor is

  • Self assessment - before enrolling you complete a self assessment
  • Competency conversation - after you enrol the assessor will interview you.  During this interview you can produce relevant documents such as third party reports, work samples, licenses, academic records, resume, references etc
  • Demonstration - following or during the interview the assessor will observe you completing practical activities
  • Confirmation - the assessor confirms your claims with any third parties
  • Completion - the assessor will advise you of the outcome and if further study is required

FT - Full time

PT - Part time

FLX - Flexible

RPL - Recognition of prior learning

ONL - Online

OPL - Open learning

PRE - Preapprenticeship

APP - Apprenticeship

TRN - Traineeship

WPA - Workplace assessment