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.