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WHAT IS RECOGNITION OR PRIOR LEARNING?

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is all about the skills and knowledge you've collected as a result of formal training and through work and life experiences.

Achieving RPL requires the submission of a range of evidence such as references and photos  in support of any existing knowledge and skills.  In addition, students may be required to participate in a formal interview and challenge tests to examine the depth of any existing knowledge and skills.

 If a student believes they may be eligible for RPL, they must contact our administration team who will the necessary arrangements.  It is advantageous that applications for RPL are submitted as soon as practicable after enrolment to ensure that any units of competency are not completed unnecessarily.

If you are an apprentice, a RPL can only be conduct at the commencement of your apprenticeship and not during.

How are my skills assessed?

Your skills will be assessed against industry standards. This is done by an RPL assessor. You may be asked to:

  • perform tasks or jobs
  • talk about and explain how you do those jobs
  • provide samples of your work.

A visit to your workplace may be organised so you can demonstrate your abilities. You may have to provide job descriptions, references or performance appraisals. The assessor will consider your skills and knowledge and match them against a suitable qualification.

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