If you’re thinking about studying or training, think first about what skills you already have. You may be able to reduce the time it takes to get your qualification—you may not need to study at all.
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is about the skills and knowledge you’ve gained through work and life experiences.
Recognition of prior learning, also referred to as RPL, is the formal acknowledgement of a person’s current skills and knowledge no matter how, when or where the learning occurred.
This is an important assessment pathway, particularly for people who are considering doing study. The recognition gained may considerably reduce the study time needed to get a qualification.
RPL is a process that must take place at the commencement of a person’s funded training, apprenticeship or traineeship.
The RPL assessment may include workplace observation, interviews and professional conversations, work samples and documented evidence.
How are my skills assessed?
Your skills will be assessed against industry standards. This is done by an RPL assessor. You may be asked to:
• Perform tasks or jobs
• Talk about and explain how you do those jobs
• Provide samples of your work.
A visit to your workplace may be organised so you can demonstrate your abilities. You may have to provide job descriptions, references or performance appraisals.
The assessor will consider your skills and knowledge and match them against a suitable qualification.
Try this free self-evaluation if you have previous work experience or skills that might help you to fast-track completion of a nationally recognised qualification. You can download and print the results of your evaluation.
Previous study—credit transfers
A credit transfer recognises the study you’ve already done at school, college, TAFE or university. You may be able to have credit from a relevant earlier course transferred to your current studies.
It uses an assessment of a previous course or subject that an applicant has achieved to determine whether it can be credited to the new course in which the applicant wishes to enrol.
The assessment determines the extent to which your previous course or subject is equivalent to the required learning outcomes of the desired qualification.
You should check with your college or registered training organisation before enrolling. You cannot get credit transfer for your whole course.
You must have certified copies of your certificates, awards or qualifications. There is no fee for a credit transfer.