Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment only pathway that recognises your existing experience, including work experience and life skills in order to gain part or all of your qualification.

This assessment only pathway 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?

Once you are an enrolled learner, to apply for RPL you will need to book an RPL interview with your trainer to discuss what portfolio of evidence you have, to show you meet the unit requirements. If they agree you are a candidate for RPL, they will organise to switch your unit from the standard unit to RPL assessment pathway.

This process will be discussed further and clarified with you in the RPL interview with your trainer.

The course price will not change if you wish to take the RPL pathway.