Types of Study

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a way of using your existing skills, knowledge and experience to get a formal qualification.
Do you have experience or training you have gained through paid work, volunteer work and/or any previous training?
The RPL process takes into account all relevant skills, knowledge and experience that you have regardless of the way you got them. This includes experience and training you have gained through paid work, volunteer work, previous training and/or life experiences. Through the assessment process you may be able to gain a complete qualification or, if you have gaps in your knowledge, parts of a qualification which you can then complete with additional training.

 Why RPL?

  • You can attain a formal nationally recognised qualification in a shorter period of time and at a significantly lower 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 already know.
  • You can finally "get that piece of paper" that says you are skilled without having to attend class.
  • There may be opportunities for you to get into a university course if you are recognised for 100% of a Diploma or Advanced Diploma qualification.

How to apply for RPL

Step 1. Gather your documentation

Gather all the documentation about your skills and experience that will assist the assessor with deciding if you have the skills and knowledge to gain RPL for either a unit or a full qualification. The documentation you gather may include:
  • General employment documents
  • Resume
  • Position description or job description
  • Results of any assessments
  • Details of in-house courses, training programs, orientation, induction
  • References or letters from employers and or supervisors  
  • Workplace documents
  • Diaries/task sheets
  • Samples of documents that you have produced
  • Emails/letters
  • Occupational Health & Safety documentation
  • Copies of presentations
Central's Assessor will work with you during the RPL process to determine exactly what evidence is required. You will also need to supply contact details of one or two work referees who can confirm your skills and knowledge.

Step 2. Register your interest

To register your interest contact our careers services area.
Telephone: 9427 1893
An RPL Assessor will be in contact with you to discuss the next steps.

Step 3. An assessor will review your claim

An assessor will review your skills and knowledge based on the evidence you provide and match them to units within a qualification.

You will also have the opportunity to discuss your previous experience with the assessor who will understand your industry

Step 4. You will be notified of outcome

After the assessment of your prior learning, your assessor will give you information about the skills and knowledge that have been recognised and whether you have gained the full qualification.  
If you do have any skill gaps, the assessor will discuss with you how these may be addressed through flexible training options to complete the qualification. 

Kristi Urllich from Perth Racing and Patrick Quigley from Local Government discuss RPL with Liz Bindon-Bonney, Events Lecturer and RPL Assessor from Central Institute of Technology

RPL guide

Download our brochure on recognition of prior learning for more information.

Recognition of Prior Learning RPL.pdf

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