What is a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?
Recognition of Prior Learning, also referred to as RPL, is an experience, knowledge and skill assessment process that allows you to attain a nationally-recognised qualification or statement/s of attainment, based on skills and knowledge you will have gained through previous experience – recognised as either formal training or as informal (i.e. on the job) learning.
Why do RPL or Skills Recognition?
Because RPL gets you the recognition your deserve and formalises your credentials.
- RPL ensures your previous work experience, knowledge and skills are formally recognised.
- RPL minimises the need for formal training or instruction in areas that you already demonstrate competency.
- RPL reduce the amount of time it takes you to secure a full and recognised qualification.
How can RPL help me?
Recognition of Prior Learning recognises the skills and experience you have already developed to assist you in advancing your career, increasing your income and formalising your credentials. If you have experience, skills and knowledge in your field of work, then you may be eligible or at least very close to attaining a related qualification. Your RPL attained qualification can be employer, industry and regulator recognised.
Who can apply for RPL?
Anyone who has demonstrated and legitimate experience, knowledge or skills that are relevant to the course of study that they want to complete can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Recognition of Current Competency. This applies regardless of whether your training or experience was developed in Australia or abroad. To be successful, you need to be able to provide evidence of the skills and knowledge you have gained.
What you need to know about RPL!
- Recognition of Prior Learning assessments are evidence-based.
- You must be able to provide evidence of your skills and knowledge for an assessor to deem you ‘competent’.
- You will be assigned a qualified assessor who will be available to answer questions and support the RPL process.
- Enrolling as a RPL candidate doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be successful in your application for recognition.
How does the RPL Assessment Process work?
You may be assessed in one of two ways:
- Written portfolio/CV/Resume only—In this case, compile your portfolio of evidence and submit , or
- Recognition interview—In this case, compile your portfolio of evidence and contact EverthoughtEducation or Keystone Training to arrange a suitable date and time (can be done via skype, facetime, video teleconferencing) to present your portfolio to your assessor at a recognition interview.
So.. What Now Then?
We recommend discussing your options with an Everthought Education representative before applying for skills recognition assessment or enrolling in a training programme. Connect with a qualified assessor by completing either the Enquiry or Skills Recognition Fast-track form on this page.