Recognition of Prior Learning

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What is RPL?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), formally recognises a person’s existing skills and knowledge towards the achievement of a nationally recognised qualification or statement of attainment.

Skills may have been gained through:

  • Work experience
  • Formal training and education (you may be eligible for a credit transfer)
  • Informal training and education
  • General life experience
  • Voluntary work

How does this apply to me?

Each qualification is made up of units of study. To gain RPL, you will need to demonstrate that you have the required skills and knowledge to meet the competencies of the unit.  

RPL uses a straightforward yet robust assessment process meaning:

  • Your existing skills and knowledge can be counted toward your qualification
  • You only need to do units/modules which are new and challenging
  • Your course costs may be reduced 
  • You can use your time more effectively
  • You may finish your course sooner

What does it cost? 

Fees for RPL will be charged by course unit/module based on the amount per scheduled hour.

Students who meet the eligibility criteria will pay fees according to the standard and concession hourly rates set each year. Students who do not meet the eligibility criteria will pay a fee for service rate per hour. This rate is set per course.

If you are applying the necessary skills and knowledge in your current (or recent) job, then don’t underestimate your skills – consider getting them recognised!

Enquire about skills recognition before enrolment or during your studies

Contact your teacher or Customer Service on 5225 0800


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