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Recognition of Prior Learning

What is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?

Recognition of Prior Learning, also known as RPL, is a form of assessment that acknowledges skills and knowledge (known within the VET system as competencies) gained. The skills and knowledge being assessed may come from a range of sources including previous studies, work experience and life experience

This means that some students:

- may be able to provide evidence that they meet all of the performance criteria for a particular unit of competency

- will not need to complete the assessment tasks of a subject

This also means that a student must show that they satisfy ALL performance criteria to obtain credit for the unit of competency.

RPL can only be granted by a qualified assessor working with or on behalf of RTO's ( Registered Training Organisation). Recognition of Prior Learning is a process where current skills and knowledge are assessed against units of competency. This assessment can occur independently of additional study or training.

In order to grant RPL, the assessor must be confident that the candidate is competent against the current endorsed competency standards or outcomes specified in the Australian Qualifications Framework accredited courses

All RPL evidence must be submitted within the RPL course timeframe of 3 months from enrolment.

Example: If you regularly volunteer, or are employed as an outdoor guide, instructor or a manager of a canteen at community events, you will have some skills and knowledge that may form PART of the learning outcomes of an accredited training course.


Rules of Evidence:

You need to provide evidence that you meet the performance criteria for the unit of competency. The processes used to assess RPL applications may take several (not mutually exclusive) forms, for example:

- participation in exactly the same or modified versions of the assessment you would be required to complete as part of the full course;

- assessment based on a portfolio of evidence;

- direct observation of demonstration of skill or competence;

- reflective papers, journals or portfolios that relate past learning to the learning or competency outcomes of the current course or qualification;

- provision of examples of work drawn from the workplace, social, community or other setting in which you may apply your learning, skill or competence;

- testimonials of learning, skill or competence; and combinations of any of the above

All evidence submitted must be your own or directly relate to yourself. You will be asked to sign a document to this effect.


When submitting and reviewing evidence during the recognition process the following points should be remembered

The RPL submitted evidence must be:

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Is it enough to make a judgment on competence?

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Means that the information and evidence provided is genuine and trustworthy.

personel bio picMeans that the evidence can withstand scrutiny, has integrity and reasonably indicates that the applicant is able to perform a task to a specified standard with regularity and consistency.

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Less than 3 years old and you perform this task regularly.