Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
What is RPL?
Recognition of prior learning is a process where a person with work experience, can have their skills and knowledge assessed, with the aim of getting a formal qualification.
Are you eligible?
- Experience based on volunteer work
- Formal or non-formal training
- Paid or un-paid work experience
- Work skills or knowledge
If you have answered YES to any of the questions above you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning.
What are the benefits of RPL?
If you receive recognition for your industry experience, skills and knowledge, it may lead to:
- A full or partial nationally recognized industry qualification
- Only do the training you need to do
- Well supported
- Save time by not attending unnecessary classes
- Complete your accredited qualification and get into workforce sooner
- Boosts your morale by acknowledging your experience
A qualification can help you too:
- Enter or re-enter in the workforce
- Change careers
- Get a promotion
- Improve your job security
- Meet and exceed industry requirements
- Help identify skills gaps
- Helps to achieve the skills development plan
Linda has been working in the health sector as a personal career for the past 18 years, at times her job involves supervising and mentoring new workers.
She has a Certificate III in Aged Care but requires a formal Certificate IV in Aged Care to get the promotions as a supervisor.
Linda prepared a portfolio of evidence and submitted it to ETEA. The portfolio included certificates and statements of her qualifications and her experience signed off by her supervisor. She then underwent an interview with an assessor who asked her questions related to the qualification, the assessor also observed Linda demonstrate her skills in her workplace. The assessor was satisfied with the evidences Linda provided and so Linda was issues with a qualification.
What does it cost?
The cost of RPL at ETEA is the same as for a unit of competency.
Contact us to find out more information.
What do I do?
You will need to contact ETEA at (03) 9450 0500, we will provide you with support and advice on the recognition process. You will be guided through the RPL process and would be required to provide evidence of your industry experience, skills and knowledge.
Evidence may include:
- A qualification or other industry training
- Workplace training
- Membership of a professional association
- Job description/Position description
- Reference letters
- Curriculum vitae (CV)/Resume
- Third party report (report written by your line manager, colleague or client)
- Assessor interview report
- An observation report
- An assessor oral questions report
Application for international students
You should apply for RPL as soon as possible but no later than 2 weeks after your Course Commencement date:
- You can apply for RPL either before or after your CoE has been issued
- If RPL is granted to you before your visa has been granted by DIAC, the actual duration of the course, and the actual course fees, will be set out in a revised confirmation of enrolment (CoE).
- If RPL is granted after your visa has been granted, any changes in the course duration resulting from the RPL will be advised in a revised Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and DIAC will be informed.
- In the event that you application for RPL has not been finalised prior to the commencement of your course, you must attend classes as per your original timetable until the RPL application outcome is determined.
To understand the RPL process please click on the link below