Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RedR RTO is committed to providing a flexible and supportive RPL process that enables people who have gained skills and knowledge from outside the formal learning process/system to have the opportunity to have that skill and knowledge recognised.

We provide guided access to Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). This means that we will support and mentor you through any RPL process, not simply give you the paperwork and let you work it out. So if you think you already have the skills and knowledge for your chosen units, ask us about undertaking RPL to gain accreditation.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process, which recognises what you have learned from:

  • Existing work experience. The practical work experience you have gained to date may have provided you with solid skills and knowledge that are of relevance to a course of study. Work experience may be informal, formal, full time, part time, voluntary, or paid.
  • Existing qualifications. You may have completed educational courses that have provided you with knowledge and understanding that is of relevance to the course of study. For example, if you have another TAFE course or unit, this may count as credit toward a different qualification.
  • Life skills and experience. Your general life experiences and the skills you have developed over time may also count toward the qualification you wish to complete.


The process is designed for candidates who have experience in Training and Assessment.

To have skills formally recognised in the national system, assessors must make sure you have the skills and knowledge to meet the industry standard. This means you must be involved in a careful and comprehensive process that covers the content of all unit/s or qualification/s you can be recognised for.

Assessment happens in a variety of ways. Being prepared can save you valuable time and hassle and make the recognition process stress-free for you.

Please note: RPL is awarded for a total unit of competency (no partial RPL of a unit will be awarded) therefore you may need to combine the RPL process with some additional study or work experience.

RedR RTO shall ensure that each qualification shall have a designated RPL application in place which includes a RPL Information Kit and application with relevant assessment documents that will help the candidate collect evidence to confirm their skills and knowledge.

The RTO also has relevant instructions for assessors to support them in completing the RPL application.

The RPL Process includes 7 stages:

  1. Briefing the Candidate
  2. Planning interview
  3. Gathering of evidence and making a judgement
  4. Assessment Interview
  5. Additional requirements (where necessary)
  6. Evaluation – making and documenting the judgement
  7. Informing the applicant of the outcome of the RPL Process

If you have worked for a period of time and feel confident you can do a particular job, but don’t have a formal qualification, then Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will benefit you by:

  • Helping you re-enter the workforce, be promoted, find a new career, or fast track into a higher TAFE qualification or University Degree.
  • Identifying any skill gaps and further learning tasks to meet the requirements of a particular job role or qualification.
  • Reducing unnecessary education, training and assessment activities for what you already know and do.
  • Reducing the cost and time it takes to complete or achieve a qualification.


  • Be prepared to talk about your job roles and your work history. A résumé or CV handy is ideal but if you don’t have one jot down a few points about where you have worked, either paid or unpaid, and what you did there.
  • Collect your current position description and any recent performance appraisals you have from any organisations you have worked in.
  • Consider the possibilities for workplace contact. Are you in a workplace that is supporting your goal to get qualified? Would you feel comfortable to have the assessor contact your workplace or previous workplaces so your skills can be validated?
  • Think about who can confirm your skill level. Think about current or recent supervisors who have seen you work in the past 18 months and will be able to confirm your skills. The assessor may need to contact them. You may also have community contacts or even clients themselves who can vouch for your skill level 
  • Collect any certificates from in-house training or formal training you have done in the past.
  • You can speak with RedR RTO assessor about other ways you can show your skills in the vocational training and education industry. These could be letters from employers, records of your professional development sessions, employers or clients in related industries or government agencies, acknowledgements, photos, workplace forms or other relevant documents.

After reading this information, if you have decided that you want to undertake the RPL process, then you can complete the RPL Application Form and declare which units that you wish to apply for RPL.

Please note: Where RPL is not granted for the unit (s) of competency you applied for and you disagree with the outcome, you should first try to resolve the matter informally. Where the outcome remains unresolved following informal discussions you may appeal by using the methods outlined in the ‘Complaints and Appeals Policy and Procedure.’  This policy and procedure can be gained from the Student Administration Department.  The request for an appeal must be lodged in writing no later than 10 business days from notification of the outcome of the application.

There are many types of pathways in which clients may gain recognition for their skills. Some clients are able to provide all of the evidence required in a submission or portfolio. Other may need to provide different forms of evidence and in some instances undergo challenge tests. RedR RTO recommends that only people with relevant industry experience in training and assessment apply for RPL in this qualification.

The assessor will take an integrated and holistic approach to assessment and is looking for:

  • Evidence of the specific evidence requirements for each unit of competency
  • Evidence of valid, current documents that align to evidence requirements of the units of competency, which can be authenticated as the work of the candidate
  • Demonstrated knowledge related to training and assessment
  • Demonstration of required skills related to training and assessment
  • Evidence of the application of required skills and knowledge

A portfolio is a collection of items – in this case, a collection of evidence of competence.  

Portfolios will usually include a combination of many different types of evidence. 

Evidence can take the form of:

  • Products or things you have made
  • Reports you have written
  • Statements made by you (written or verbal)
  • Video or audio tapes

On submission of your portfolio, you will receive feedback from the Assessor.  If there are gaps in evidence or a question arising about the quality, quantity, authenticity or currency of the evidence, you will be contacted and given the opportunity to supply further evidence. You will have an agreed time from when you enrolled in the RPL process to complete all assessments with reasonable adjustments depending on your circumstances. 

RedR RTO does not receive any state or federal government subsidies / funding for any of its training delivery (including RPL).  RPL is charged the same price as in class training.  The rationale behind this method of payment is that candidates are enrolled and can choose their method of assessment (i.e RPL or normal assessment), this allows for RedR RTO to blend the assessment methods where required to suit a candidate’s needs without penalising them in the process.  It must be remembered also that RPL significantly reduces the amount of time to obtain a unit of competency and qualification and that the RedR RTO RPL processes are User Friendly and supportive.

Where  a candidate is solely interested in applying for RPL only (i.e is not intending to undertake class based enrolment) a  50% payment is required at the commencement of the RPL Process and the remaining 50% payment will be invoiced after the assessor finalises the RPL assessment. After payment is received the Statements of Attainment indicating completion of the Unit will be mailed to you.