Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process that assesses whether the work skills and knowledge you have gained over time can be used towards achievement of a nationally recognised qualification or statement of attainment. It requires you to provide evidence that will demonstrate your competency in the units you seek to achieve. The evidence you need to provide can come from many sources and may include formal and informal training, work experience and volunteering.
RPL is a great way to get your existing trade skills formally recognised and opens up many more employment opportunities for career advancement.
Once you earn a formal qualification through RPL, you can secure job positions that require formal credentials. Moreover, you become eligible for courses you may not have previously.
You may be eligible for trade recognition through our RPL assessment process if you meet any of the following:
- You have worked in a position relevant to the trade area in which you require recognition and can demonstrate current industry skills.
- You have been trained over time by a previous employer.
- You have gained relevant skills and work experience through internships, volunteer work, community initiatives or similar.
- You have industry experience and an existing qualification from overseas and have moved to Australia.
We recommend you contact us to discuss your suitability for the RPL process – we will also be able to recommend other training options that may be required to fill any skills gaps you may have.
What You Need to Provide
You don’t need to have a formal qualification as long as you have sufficient documentary evidence to support your application. The portfolio of evidence you submit must be able to demonstrate your current competency against the benchmarks for assessment in each unit you seek to achieve.
Evidence could include a combination of the following:
- Your work history including a description of role and responsibilities
- Performance appraisal reports
- Internship experience
- Memberships to trade organisations and associations
- Participation in industry events
- Relevant licences
- Volunteer work
- Certificates from relevant training courses
- Certificate of attendance or participation in Non-formal courses/workshops/seminars
- Photographs/Videos/work samples
- Third Party Reports
It is also important that the evidence you provide can demonstrate your current competency. Our trained RPL assessors can guide you, where required.
RPL is a process that formally assesses your skills and knowledge against the benchmarks in each unit of competency through:
- the evidence you provide,
- the competency conversations you have with our trained RPL assessors, and
- where required, a practical demonstration of your skills.
The amount of credit you will be granted will depend on the extent of your existing skills and knowledge and the validity and sufficiency of the evidence you provide. It could be you are formally assessed as meeting the requirements of the full qualification or it may be necessary to undertake some further study or gap training.
All our RPL assessors hold a trade certificate in the area they are assessing, have extensive industry experience and hold the current training and assessment qualifications as required by the Regulator.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Anyone with a trade background and at least five years recent industry experience may apply to have their skills nationally recognised. You also need to be able to provide sufficient evidence of your skills, knowledge and experience.
HOW TO APPLY?
Complete the Skills Assessment Form on this page with your contact details, and the trade area you are interested in and one of our specialist RPL assessors will contact you for an initial discussion and where appropriate, send you the RPL Application Kit.