Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is defined in the AQF as follows:
Recognition of prior learning is an assessment process that involves assessment of an individual’s relevant prior learning (including formal, informal and non-formal learning) to determine the credit outcomes of an individual application for credit.
This is underpinned by the AQF definition of credit as follows:
Credit is the value assigned for the recognition of equivalence in content and learning outcomes between different types of learning and/or qualifications. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to achieve a qualification and may be through credit transfer, articulation, recognition of prior learning or advanced standing.
RPL is the recognition and acknowledgement process where a learning outcome of any individual is recognized through any of the categories such as work experiences, formal trainings and life experiences. Undergoing RPL allows individuals to assess the learning outcome and get credit on their outcome which can be utilized to reduce the time required to achieve the qualification.
We undergo a consistent, transparent and fair approach for RPL undertaken by our RPL specialist.
Our RPL process is outlined below:
We advise that the RPL process needs to be applied at least few weeks before the course starts. Initial contact with us will help you get the pre-enrolment information which will be useful for the acceptance of the course or RPL grant based on the candidates requirement. You can directly contact us on our website or call us for a friendly discussion with one of our staff. We will counsel you on your eligibility for the course or RPL applied and will advise you on all of your alternatives.
Enrolment and Evidence
Upon approval for your RPL, you will need to fill out the PRL forms and you will be provided with the RPL Kit. This process requires you to self-evaluate and confirm your previous qualification, work experience and industry skills. This will identify if you are competent in the units/ qualification that you are applying for and you will be required to provide all documents as a proof of your skill and knowledge in your industry. A checklist will be issued to the candidate to gather all required documents.
Some of the examples of your evidence can be as below:
- Certificates / result of the previous qualification and training (VET, including the overseas qualification, university degree)
- Result / statement of attendance for vendor training course, in-house trainings, workshops and seminar
- Evidence of log of attendance at work like timesheet or log books, meeting minutes
- Evidence of memberships with professional organization with the statement in regard to the involvement with the professional body.
- Reference letter / recommendation letter from previous employer / mentor / supervisor
- Any awards that relates to your profession
- Any documentation that confirms your industry experience Please note the document types and the number of documents will vary from person to person and this will be advised by our rpl specialist.
If you are not able to provide documentary evidence for your industry experience, then our RPL specialist will guide you on your process where will need to take help of third party reporting. In this report, the candidate’s workplace skill or knowledge is verified at the workplace by any representative at the workplace.
Submission of Evidence
All evidence will be collected based on the checklist that we provide to you and in the appropriate format as requested. All the documents submitted will be verified with the checklist provided initially.
Assessment and Decision
After the submission of all requested documentation, the application will be reviewed by using assessment tools and in some cases, candidates will be asked for an interview or contacted to seek clarification about the items of evidence. The scenario will vary for each candidate.
For successful candidates, RPL will be issued. For unsuccessful candidates, we will provide feedback on their application and would counsel them with better options.
If the candidate does not fulfill all the requirements and lacks competency on some of the units/module in the qualification where skill or experience is not clear, then the candidate will be advised on gap training. For candidates who are advised on gap training, a flexible pathway will be offered so that the candidate will be able to complete the training.