What is Recognition of Prior Learning or RPL?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of recognising the skills, knowledge and experience of candidates acquired through work or learning. Candidates who do not have any formal qualifications but have significant experience and skills can apply for their prior learning to be transferred into a formal qualification such as a Diploma or Certificate.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can also assist to give suitable applicants, credits for their skills, knowledge and experience gained over the years through work and/or study. The knowledge and experience may be from Australia or overseas.

To assess the prior skills, knowledge and experience various assessments are conducted based on evidence provided by applicants that demonstrate their skills and knowledge in alignment to the units of competency and associated assessment requirements for a particular qualification.

Benefits of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL not only saves your time and money but also helps you transfer your skills, knowledge and experience into accredited and recognised qualifications.

Quicker Qualification

Earn a formal qualification without spending time in a classroom, instead submit evidence of your prior skills, knowledge and experience

Spend Less

Save on the substantial amount of fee you would otherwise spend studying in a classroom something you already know

Formal Qualification

You may have the necessary skills and experience to do your job but you may be required to hold a formal qualification

Better Job Prospects

It is easier to prove your ability to the employers with proven qualifications

Meet Immigration Requirements

Yes, you can use it as supporting evidence for migration purposes by recognising your overseas qualifications

Reward for Prior Learning

Don’t let your past skills, knowledge and experience go to waste, utilise them and earn credits or a formal qualification.

RPL Application Process

Four critical steps involved in the RPL process

Preliminary Review

We will assess your eligibility for RPL through a preliminary review. It’s absolutely free! We will help you choose the right qualification considering your experience, knowledge and past qualifications.

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If you are eligible, you will receive an application form and the RPL kit to get started. You will receive an Invoice for payment. Our friendly team will guide you through the process.

Portfolio of Evidence

Our RPL coordinator will work with you to help you gather all the required evidence. It may include your resume, work references, work samples, photos and videos from your workplace, your previous qualifications, and other such records.

Verification and Evaluation

The evidence portfolio is verified and evaluated by competent assessors from our partner RTO. You may have a few competency conversations with the assessors so they know more about your skills.