Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is an assessment only pathway (RTO 40963). Its a process of recognising someones skills and knowledge whether gained through formal or informal work experiences towards a partial or full qualification.

The RPL process can take up to 3 months or more to complete, depending on how much time you have and how long it takes to gather all your evidence such as references, job descriptions, CV, licenses, photographs, quotes, invoices. Where gaps occur in knowledge and evidence, you may be required to complete challenge tests accompanied with e-books. Activities for challenge tests include: written answers, calculations, listing steps, Australian Standards.

The RPL model may differ from person to person as it is customised for the learner and their experiences in industry, though will always meet the requirement of each unit of competence, however, it is desirable that you have three years experience or more in the qualification you are seeking recognition in.

Your Trainer will guide you through the RPL process and if you are struggling to understand what evidence is needed, remember you will be guided throughout the assessment.

What to expect during the RPL process:

  • Select the qualification for RPL
  • Complete the enrolment form
  • Verification of ID includes a copy of your current driver’s licence and medicare card (If you don’t have one or both of these forms of ID, the enrolment form indicates other types of acceptable ID) 
  • At enrolment complete a skills assessment for the qualification you have enrolled into
  • You receive a student copy of the RPL kit
  • Complete the employment history form detailing your work history, achievements and list at least 4 referees
  • You are to contact your referees prior to the RTO contacting them to verify your knowledge and skills for worktasks
  • Complete the assessment/reassessment forms
  • Provide evidence to support your claims, such as a current resume, references, photographic evidence of your work
  • The trainer and assessor will review your evidence (evidence will be recorded, referenced and reviewed against each unit of competency)
  • You will be taken through a competency conversation with the trainer and assessor
  • The RTO will contact you if they require further evidence
  • You may be required to complete challenge tests where there is a lack of evidence
  • The RTO will advise you of the assessment outcome
  • When a valid decision of competency has been made, you will be issued with a statement of attainment in partial completion or a qualification testamur and record of results in full completion of a qualification.
  • A digital copy of the statement of attainment, qualificaion testamur and record of results will be sent via email and a printed version sent to the address on your enrolment form (ensure your contact details are up to date).

Benefits of RPL include:

  • Nationally recognised qualification
  • Defines your skills and knowledge in the industry
  • Creates more work opportunities
  • Demands more pay
  • Cost effective
  • No downtime for the employer