Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning, also referred to as RPL, means an assessment process that assesses an individuals formal, non-formal and informal learning to determine the extent to which that individual has achieved the required learning outcomes, competency outcomes, or standards for entry to, and/or partial or total completion of, a VET qualification.

This is an important assessment pathway, particularly for people who are undertaking study as the recognition gained may reduce the study time needed to obtain a qualification.

How does it work?

Your knowledge and skills are assessed against competencies of units in the qualification you want to achieve. The following may also be taken into account during your assessment:

  • your performance in paid and unpaid work experience
  • results from formal or informal training and education.

Usually, you will have developed and demonstrated your skills through a combination of your work, learning and life experiences. To have your prior learning recognised, you must be able to show that your skills are still current and meet today’s industry standards. You will need to produce recent evidence of your skills and knowledge. You will also need to provide contact details of people who can confirm your abilities. These people might be supervisors or others in your community who have seen your skills in action.

How do I apply for RPL?

After you have enrolled in your course, you can book an RPL interview with your trainer. In this interview, your trainer will go over the RPL requirements and procedure.