Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning

Are you currently skilled and competent at your job?

Do you want recognition for those skills?

Why not gain a qualification through The Centre?

Throughout your life you’ll develop a wide range of skills and lots of knowledge. With work, volunteer roles, family commitments and even the things you learn in everyday life, you’re building up a bank of knowledge and evidence which can now help you get a qualification. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process where we look at your current skills and knowledge and work out whether you fulfil the requirements of one of our qualifications. RPL assesses this unrecognised learning against the requirements of a unit of competency or a whole qualification, and removes the need for duplication of learning. If you have 6 out of the 12 required skill sets for a particular qualification, we can provide training to fill the ‘gaps’ and get you your qualification in half the time. RPL therefore recognises your life skills and the practical knowledge you have acquired no matter how or where!

The Centre is keen to provide an educational pathway to recognising your existing skills and knowledge in order to jump start your formal learning journey. All knowledge and skills can be mapped to competency standards and everyone has access to this approach to learning. The Centre offers RPL through all of its accredited courses.  Cost will vary depending on the service required. So if you want to gain formal recognition and a qualification for knowledge you already have, contact us or give us a call on 03 5721 0200.

RPL in more detail…

Skills Recognition (also known as Recognition of Prior Learning or RPL) is the formal acknowledgement of competencies (skills and knowledge) held as a result of formal/informal training and education, work experience and/or life experiences from many sources including:

  • course/training programs undertaken in Australia with other RTO’s or other organisations
  • courses/training programs undertaken overseas
  • paid or unpaid work experience
  • community or voluntary work
  • life experiences (eg. travel, hobbies, home duties and caring duties)

RPL assessment involves the candidate providing evidence to an assessor who makes a judgement about competence against the requirements of units of competency from an endorsed Training Package, or modules from an accredited course (see below for the process). The result of a successful RPL assessment is the issuing of an Australian Qualifications Framework qualification or credit towards a qualification or Statement of Attainment.

Note: The minimum requirement for a skills recognition process is the equivalent of one module or unit of competency

Reasons for seeking RPL:

  • Confirming eligibility for a qualification or Statement of Attainment
  • Confirming competence for an appointment to a new position
  • Identifying the current skills and knowledge of new and/or current employees
  • Identifying training needs

How the RPL process works:

1. Initial enquiry – an expression of interest in RPL process is made.

2. Briefing – an initial consultation is organised to explain:

  • the assessment process
  • the units of competency involved
  • how to go about self assessment
  • evidence required
  • costs involved
  • and to provide an Enrolment Form and any other documents that will assist the candidate with evidence gathering.

3. Self Assessment (optional) – The candidate participates in a self assessment process using the Competency Navigator to assess current knowledge and skills and to identify forms of evidence that could be provided to support the process.

4. Planning – a consultation is arranged with the assessor to plan the evidence gathering process.

5. Evidence Gathering – the candidate presents evidence and the assessor may visit the workplace to gather evidence.  Further evidence may be gathered through questioning.  The applicant may provide the evidence without a consultation.

6. Evidence Mapping – the assessor considers all the evidence provided, mapping against competency requirements.

If the evidence meets all the requirements, recognition can be granted.
If insufficient evidence is provided a further consultation may be necessary to discuss required evidence.

7. Recording / Reporting – all required documentation is completed and the candidate is informed of the result by letter.

8. Issue of credential – a Statement of Attainment or qualification is issued for the unit/s of competency or module/s covered by the RPL process.

Note: The candidate may have a support person present throughout the consultation process.