What is 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 reduces 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 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 Everthought Education 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.
6 easy steps to securing your Trades Qualification
1) Talk with our Trades Adviser
Speak with our experienced Trades Advisers, who will explain our easy and efficient process as well as answer any questions you may have.
2) Complete the online registration form we have sent you
Don’t worry we’ve made it easy, you can fill it out all online, no printing required, and it can be all done from your smart phone!
3) Choose from one of our flexible payment options
You can pay your fees three ways; upfront in full, a deposit + payment on completion, or an interest free payment plan where you could be paying as little as $9 a day over 12 months. We’ve made that easy as well, you can now do it straight from your phone.
4) Skills assessment
Fill out our Skills Assessment form with your experience and provide two qualified references to also complete our reference testimonial on your behalf.
5) Trainer assessment
Our qualified trainer will assess your skills based on the evidence provided. Any gaps they identify will be completed through gap training if required. This is a simple process to determine your skills and knowledge in the trade.
6) Get qualified
Once the trainer has made you competent, you get your certification! It’s as simple as that, 6 easy steps!
How much does it cost?
RPL qualifications available through Everthought Education range from Certificate III up to Advanced Diplomas. Accordingly, prices range from $3,550 – $5,800 correlating the qualification and level. You’ll find this information in the ‘Trades Qualifications’ menu on each qualification page.
Everthought offers flexible payment options including discounts for upfront payments, deposit on commencement and flexible payment plans. Find out more here.
How much experience do I need to have to be eligible for RPL?
A minimum of three (3) years experience is necessary for Certificate-level qualifications, and more substantive experience is required for Diploma-level qualifications. The time spent in a role is just one factor to consider when calculating eligibility for RPL – the nature of the experience is just as important. Work and life experience, volunteer work and formal and informal training can contribute to your portfolio of evidence for qualifications through RPL. Currency is also important, which is why our assessor will be reviewing evidence provided demonstrating clients have current industry skills and knowledge.