Recognition of Prior Learning

What is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?

recognition of prior learningRPL is an assessment method that involves evaluation of an individual’s relevant prior learning, including formal, informal and non-formal learning. The process assesses competence against a set of performance criteria applicable to a particular unit of study (or a group of units) within a course. It allows applicants to demonstrate current skills and knowledge without the need to undertake repetitive theoretical study in the same unit. Further information can be seen here on the definition.

What are some of the benefits of RPL?

  • Have your your skills recognised.
  • Increased professional credibility.
  • Less time commitment to achieve your qualification.
  • Gap identification in your current knowledge and skills.
  • Focus on learning skills to meet job role requirements.
  • Reduction in costs to obtain a qualification. 

How does the Recognition of Prior Learning process work?

Complete your free SKILLS ASSESSMENT

You’ll receive feedback from your assessor about your suitability to submit a Recognition of Prior Learning application. If this is a possibility you can follow the stages below.

Stage 1: The Application process and RPL Application Form

  • Preliminary discussion with your trainer/assessor regarding the RPL process, fees and exploration of suitable courses.

Stage 2: Completing the RPL Self-Assessment Information Kit

  • Self-evaluation and mapping of evidence to support of applicant’s skills, knowledge, and experience to your chosen vocational area
  • Confirmation and authentication step where the information provided will be used as a basis for verification with your supervisor (past and/or present).

Stage 3: LLN tool

Stage 4: Assessor to complete gap identification tool. Once this has been completed, the following may apply.

Stage 5: RPL Competency Conversation/Demonstration and Observation

  • This is also known as ‘professional conversation’ or ‘learning conversation’.
  • The purpose of the competency conversation is to gain a detailed insight into the applicant’s relevant skills, knowledge, and experience.
  • A list of projects and tasks are provided to applicant to perform to demonstrate their relevant skills, knowledge, and experience (if required).

Stage 6: Finalisation of RPL Process

  • This involves all the processes the assessor  undertake to finalise the RPL assessment process for the candidate. This includes actions such as determining final assessment outcomes, providing candidates with feedback and options, completing documentation, and awarding candidates with the qualification or a Statement of Attainment.

To see a visual flow chart of the recognition process click here. Our recognition of prior learning policy is detailed in our handbook. RPL is just one method of assessment and it should not be confused with a Credit Transfer (CT). CT is a process that enables students to receive credit for previous formal training where that training is considered equivalent. More information on this is detailed here.

Contact us to discuss your options, as practical assessment requirements will vary between qualifications.


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