What is Recognition of Prior Learning?
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is a way of using your existing skills to get a (full or part) formal qualification. If you have work skills or knowledge acquired through paid or unpaid work experience, life experience or community work; you may be able to get RPL. The RPL process takes into account all the relevant skills, knowledge and experience that you have - regardless of the way you got them.
Having your knowledge and skills formally recognised can help your career development. Recognition of prior learning may:
- help you get a job
- help you get into a training course
- help you get into uni
- reduce the time you spend training
- reduce the cost of your course
- help you make a career change
- help you get a promotion
- build your career confidence
Who is eligible?
You don't need to have already been a student or have done formal training. You may be eligible because of your work skills and knowledge, your paid or unpaid work experience, life experience or community work experience.
How does it work?
You will need to be assessed by a qualified assessor. An assessor works for, or on behalf of, a registered training organisation (RTO). You provide evidence that your knowledge and skills meet the required standards. There are many ways of doing this. Evidence of your knowledge and skills can take a variety of forms; it could include a certification (formal qualification or statement of attainment), references from past employers, testimonials from clients, work samples or an assessor may observe you doing tasks and have a conversation with you about your skills. Once the qualification or RPL decision is awarded, it is recognised by every other RTO.
Search My Skills to find the qualification you want. Contact the RTO or training provider that is offering that qualification to find out the best way to demonstrate your prior learning. Talk to an assessor about the evidence you can supply and ask them about applying for RPL. Many education and training providers have information about RPL on their websites.
More information about how to get all your skills formally recognised is available here: What’s Next?