Recognition of Prior Learning

What is RPL?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) recognises prior knowledge, skills and experience and measures it against the unit of competency in which an RPL applicant is enrolled.

RPL is the acknowledgement of skills and knowledge obtained through prior formal learning as well as learning achieved outside the formal education and training system. It may include work and life experience including paid work or unpaid volunteer work skills attained through community leisure pursuits, 'hands on' practical skills or natural talent or aptitude all previously unrecognised.

What to expect during the RPL process

In order to have your skills formally recognised in a National System, assessors must make sure you have the skills and knowledge to the standard required by the industry. This means you must be involved in a careful and comprehensive process that addresses in detail the content of all of the units of competency within the qualification you are applying to have recognised.

You will be required to complete the RPL Kit, providing as much evidence for each unit of competency as possible to support a competent outcome. More evidence is better than not enough evidence. Your skills and experience from the past five (5) years are the most important, with a particular emphasis on the previous two (2) years to demonstrate that you have currency in the nominated industry.

The assessor may verify evidence submitted to ensure its validity by contacting employers, referees, or other training organisations during the assessment period. Additionally, you might expect to have a competency conversation with your assessor or undertake some 'gap' training.

How to complete the RPL Kit

Section 1: Supporting Evidence List

Evidence must be provided for each unit of competency you select to complete and clearly referenced to demonstrate relevance and document control. One piece of evidence may be applied to one, two or more units of competency, and supplied once with one, two or more reference to unit/s of competency. Provide at least three (3) documents per unit of competency to demonstrate your skills and experience.

Note: Do not supply any commercial in confidence documentation. All evidence supplied is subject to a strict Privacy Policy and is stored in secure premises.

Evidence supplied must include a Resume, Position Description (current employer) and Position Description (previous employer).

Evidence supplied may include Certificates of Competency (Nationally Accredited), Certificates of Competency (Non-Accredited), Direct Evidence (video, photo, audio, observation, conversation), Other Evidence (references, work orders, contracts, licences/tickets etc).

Section 2: Self-Reflection and Documentary Evidence

The Self-Reflection table describes the criteria required and may have examples of the types of evidence that you can submit. Choose the units of competency in accordance with the packaging rules. A direct Credit Transfer may be granted where you have Statements of Attainment for the required unit or for equivalent units. You must show currency for these units where the statements were issued more than two (2) years ago.

RPL: Decide what evidence you have to demonstrate these criteria and record in the Self-Reflection Evidence Support column. Record the document number from the document list in the reference document column.

Section 3: Declaration of Authenticity

Upon completion, please ensure that you read, understand and sign the last page of the RPL Kit to validate the authenticity of your own work submitted.

Gap Training

If after submitting all of the evidence you have, the assessor determines that you have not met the unit of competency requirements in full, he or she may ask you to provide more evidence or ask you to undertake 'gap' training. Gap training could be in the form of a short individually designed assessment, a competency conversation via telephone, direct observation in the workplace, or by attending a webinar. You will be notified within a reasonable time frame (usually 30 days or less) and the assessor will arrange a suitable time and method to undertake this.

What To Do Once You've Finished

Once you have finished the RPL Kit, you will need to double-check that all supporting and documentary evidence has a clear file name pattern and is clearly referenced to each individual unit of competency selected. ALL files and/or folders, including the RPL Kit, will need to be 'zipped' (.zip) in a single file and uploaded into your student portal. Help is available by reading the RPL Instructions document that can be accessed through your student portal, or by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions page.


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