Frequently asked questions about “Recognition of Prior Learning”

Who is a suitable candidate to have prior learning recognised?

The recognition of prior learning process suits people who are skilled and need to gain  formal recognition of their abilities and become qualified. The reasons for seeking recognition of prior learning may include:

  • needing qualifications in their current occupation
  • having qualifications but needing more to get promoted
  • using existing skills and knowledge to complete a course more quickly


What kinds of skills and knowledge can count in recognition of prior learning?

  • Paid or unpaid work experience
  • life experience
  • formal or informal education.


How can I show my skills and knowledge?

Dependent on the skills and knowledge required in each qualification, you may be able to provide evidence by the following:

  • work samples
  • practical demonstrations in the workplace
  • assessment interviews
  • references and support from your supervisors or others in your community
  • a variety of materials:
  • training certificates
  • photos of work examples
  • resumes
  • performance reviews


Which qualification should I seek recognition in?

It is important that a candidate seek recognition for those qualifications which will assist their career within their chosen industry


Will recognition of prior learning save me money?

Recognition of prior learning can cost less than training. However each individual needs to be fully assessed against the national course or qualification so registered training organisations will need to charge for this services. Recognition of prior learning will save you time and help you to get to your career goals faster

If you would like to use the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process or would like further information about it speak Apprenticeships & Business Services on 1300 200 812



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