Recognition of Prior Learning

Can anyone apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?

Anyone can apply for RPL but not everyone will get credit for their skills and knowledge. A typical successful applicant is someone who has a reasonable amount of experience in the area their course covers. This might mean working in that field. Life skills can also be recognised where relevant.​

What sort of evidence do I need to support my RPL claim?

Assessment happens in a variety of ways. Being prepared can save you valuable time and make the recognition process easier for you.


Here are some tips and hints:

  1. Be prepared to talk about your job and work history. Bring a resume or write down where you have worked, either paid or unpaid, and what you did.
  2. Bring your position description and any performance appraisals you have from any of your workplaces.
  3. Consider the possibility of workplace contact – can the assessor contact your workplace or previous workplaces so your skills can be validated?
  4. Think about who can confirm your skills. Is it your current or recent supervisors who have seen you work in the past 18 months?
  5. Collect any certificates from in-house training or formal training.
  6. You may also use letters from employers, records of professional development, acknowledgements, workplace forms or other relevant documents.​

What are the advantages of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?

Some of the advantages of RPL are:

  • You can attain a formal nationally recognised qualification in a shorter period of time and at less cost.
  • Your career and education options may be increased through formally recognised skills and knowledge.
  • You do not have to repeat or waste time learning what you have already learned.
  • There may be opportunities for you to get into a university course if you are recognised for 100% of a Diploma or Advanced Diploma or degree qualification.​
April 2018
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