Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a way of getting any previous relevant experience – working, training, volunteering, including activities in the community – formally recognised towards a qualification. This can be a shortcut to getting a qualification because you will be formally recognised to have completed parts of the training requirements.
How Recognition of Prior Learning works
RPL is required to be provided by all registered training organisations (RTOs) including Skills for All Training Providers.
For example, if you are currently employed, had previous work, had work experience or are doing some volunteering, the skills you have may count. If you’ve coached a local sports team, been the administrative person, treasurer or committee member, it may count as evidence of organisational skills, team work and problem solving.
The initial assessment is usually through an interview. You will be asked to show evidence of past experience, training or skills relevant to the training course you want to do. Useful evidence includes résumés, certificates, performance reviews and job descriptions.
After your RPL assessment your Skills for All Training Provider or RTO will tell you how much of your chosen course will be assessed or passed – in other words which parts have been recognised. They will then tell you which parts of your training you have ‘done’ and which units you will need to enrol in.
Some RTOs charge for the RPL assessment, which will be included in the student tuition fees under Skills for All.
Speak to your Skills for All Training Provider or RTO to find out more before enrolling.
Credit transfer is when a university or training provider allows you to count previous education or training in a similar field or topic towards part of a degree or other qualification. This can reduce the number of subjects you have to do to gain your qualification. You will need statements of academic achievement to support your request for credit.
Contact the course adviser, student services or course lecturer at your university or higher education provider about counting previous study towards your next qualification.
Visit these websites to see if their credit arrangements suit you:
University of South Australia
The University of Adelaide
View Karen Somerfield talking about how Skills for All will recognise existing skills and make learning more affordable (Youtube, 1min)