Recognition of prior learning, also referred to as RPL, is the formal acknowledgement of a person's current skills and knowledge no matter how, when or where the learning occurred. This is an important assessment pathway, particularly for people who are considering doing study. The recognition gained may considerably reduce the study time needed to get a qualification.

RPL is a process that should take place at the commencement of a person's training, apprenticeship or traineeship and it can take place throughout the training program. The RPL assessment may include workplace observation, interviews and professional conversations, work samples and documented evidence.

The process could suit you if you have:

  • Paid or unpaid work experience.
  • Prior formal training.
  • Skills and knowledge gained on the job.
  • Community work experience.
  • Short course and work-based learning.
  • Trade skills.
  • Other experience.

Formal recognition of your skills could help you with:

  • Improved job security.
  • Re entry into the workplace.
  • Job promotion or career change.
  • Moving from volunteer work to paid employment.
  • Fast track qualification.