Recognition of Prior Learning

Gain the nationally recognised qualifications you WANT, and NEED

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) is a process where a student can meet the requirements of units of competency and/or qualifications by using, presenting and/or demonstrating his or her existing knowledge, and skills. A student’s existing knowledge and skills are obtained via work and/or any other real-life experiences to demonstrate his or her competency.

If you can show that you have the required skills or knowledge then you will be granted RPL. Exemption from completing the work required for the subject(s) will be based on the skills and experience you have picked up from:

  • previous learning
  • work or industry experience (paid or unpaid)
  • volunteering
  • partially completed studies

Your experience is matched to current industry qualifications so you can gain credit towards or even recognition for a full qualification.

Getting a qualification is a fantastic resume booster. You’ll be able to step up for that pay rise or promotion and take your career in a new direction with the confidence that your skills and expertise are in line with current industry benchmarks.

Recognition of Prior Learning can also:

  • save you money and study time by avoiding duplication of training
  • ensure you only study what you need to meet the requirements of a job role or qualification
  • fast-track your way to a formal qualification
  • up skill you for a career change
  • improve job security
  • help you move from volunteer work to paid employment
  • provide options for credit towards a university degree

RPL Assessment

Step 1:

  1. A student requests RPL services.
  2. The college provides Student RPL kit, RPL document checklist, and enrolment form (if new enrolment) to a student.
  3. Once the student returns Student RPL Kit with supporting evidence and enrolment form (if new enrolment) to the college, the college will start the RPL initial assessment process. After reviewing Student RPL Kit and supporting evidence, the outcome of the RPL initial assessment will be provided in the RPL Initial Assessment Report. There are three potential outcomes in the initial assessment report:
    (a) Full RPL
    (b) Partial RPL (i.e., RPL by assessment, and RPL by gap training)
    (c) RPL is deemed unsuitable

Step 2:

  1. Once the student receives the outcome of the RPL initial assessment as 3a, or 3b, assessors or any delegated personnel will start verifying submitted documents and evidence. They will also perform a comprehensive review of the Student RPL Kit.
    (a) The verification of academic documents (e.g., certificates and transcripts)
  2. The verification of working-experience related documents with relevant parties (e.g., the student’s work-place supervisors). The Third Party Verification Form will be used to confirm the genuineness and authenticity of a student’s work and supporting evidence.
    2. The college appoints academic team members for the assessment process.
    3. The academic team members assess the student’s submitted RPL documents and evidence (e.g., interview, Live video demonstration, and work observation).
    (a) The academic team members may require an interview with the student if they have any other questions regarding submitted RPL documents and evidence.
    (b) The academic team members may require live demonstration or additional supporting evidence if the submitted documents and evidence by the student are not sufficient.

Step 3:

  1. The college will have a meeting with a student regarding the final outcome of his or her RPL assessment. The outcomes of RPL final assessment can be shown as follows:
    (a) RPL granted: No further action is required as a student’s prior learning and/ working experience meets all requirements from the training package.
    • The student will obtain certificates and transcripts.
    (b) RPL not granted: a student is required to perform RPL by gap training or RPL by assessment. This is because a student is unable to meet all requirements from the training package.
    • In the event that a student decides not to continue RPL by gap training or RPL by assessment with the college, a student may obtain statements of attainment from UoCs that he or she has knowledge and skills to meet with the requirements of training package.
    • In the event that a student completes all required gap training or assessment, a student will obtain certificates and transcripts.
    Note: The result of RPL application(s) may affect a student’s duration of studies.

Current Skills

Your current skills and knowledge may have been obtained through:

  • Work experience
  • Formal training
  • Life experience
  • partially completed studies