Recognition of Prior Learning

SUMMARY

Throughout your life you will have gained skills and knowledge and these will have been obtained through non-formal training (for example, via a professional development program conducted by your work) or informal learning (such as on-the-job).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a formal assessment process where we assess your current knowledge and skills against the unit(s) for which you are seeking recognition.

More information about each unit is available on training.gov.au

In order to apply for RPL, students will be taken through the following 4 steps:

STEP 1 – STUDENTS TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT SKILLS & EXPERIENCE (APPLICATION FEE: $500)

Complete the attached Assessment Checklist below by providing as much information about your previous experience as you can. Here you can supply examples of your work history which could include:

  • Resume / CV outlining your work history
  • Job descriptions
  • Certificates / results of assessment
  • Details of in-house courses, workshops, seminars, orientation or induction sessions
  • References / letters from previous employers / supervisors
  • Licences
  • Certificates / results of assessment – interstate / overseas
  • Certificates / results of assessment – universities
  • Tickets held e.g. forklift, crane, etc.
  • Photographs of work undertaken
  • Diaries / task sheets / job sheets / log books
  • Workplace / professional development records
  • Membership of relevant professional associations
  • Hobbies / interests / special skills outside work
  • Any other documentation that may demonstrate your industry experience
  • Indentures / trade papers

The portfolio of evidence should clearly identify each relevant document and its relationship to the claim for RPL and must be:

  • Authentic (your own work)
  • Valid (directly related to the current version of the endorsed unit of competency)
  • Current (reflects your current capacity to perform the aspect of the work covered by the unit(s) of competency. Please note evidence must not be more than 2 years old)
  • Sufficient (ensure that there is enough evidence and that evidence assessed is of sufficient quality to meet the requirements specified in the unit of competency.)

STEP 2 – ASSESSOR PREPARES A QUOTATION BASED ON HOURLY RATE REQUIRED TO ASSESS YOUR DOCUMENTATION & EXPERIENCE AGAINST THE CHOSEN UNIT OF COMPETENCY (COST WILL VARY BETWEEN $1,000 AND $10,000 DEPENDING ON THE COMPLEXITY OF THE TRAINING PACKAGE)

An Assessor will review the documents/evidence you have provided and begin to match up your skills to the unit(s) in a qualification. At this point, you will have the opportunity to discuss and identify your previous experience with the Assessor who will understand your industry experience and conduct a competency conversation with you. You will be required to answer industry related questions and conduct tasks to identify your current knowledge relevant to the unit(s) as well as identify any gaps. A mapping document will be created to assist in this process.

STEP 3 – PRACTICAL DEMONSTRATION OF YOUR SKILLS 

The assessor may conduct a practical skills test (VOC) at our facility. This, again, is an opportunity to demonstrate your level of competence. This assessment will be focused on skills that are required in the unit(s). Your assessor will identify the skills that he/she will want you to demonstrate. These skills are listed on training.gov.au for each unit.

STEP 4 – FURTHER STEPS 

After the assessment, your assessor will provide you with information about the skills that have been recognised.  If you do have skill gaps, these may be addressed through further training.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Provision/portfolio of supporting evidence

DURATION & COST

Initial review of documents/evidence of the individual learner and development of a quotation to assess the learner’s experience against the chosen unit of competency (RPL) will have an initial application fee of $500.

RPL quotation and duration varies between the learner’s experiences and the level of complexity of the chosen unit and the cost will represent the hourly rate of the assessor to customise this service per individual (Cost range from $1,000-10,000 depending training unit chosen and previous experience).

CERTIFICATION

On successful completion of this course students will be issued with a Nationally Recognised Statement of Attainment for the unit/s for which they are deemed competent.

The Unique Student Identifier (USI) must be supplied and verified prior to the Certificate(s) being issued.

Industry standards recommend retraining every two years.

RPL ASSESSMENT CHECKLIST

Step 1 of 4

  • 01 - PERSONAL DETAILS

  • Date Format: DD slash MM slash YYYY
    Please note you will need to log into your USI account to enable permission.
  • 02 - CITIZENSHIP/RESIDENCY STATUS

  • How well do you speak, read and write in English?