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What is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is the process for giving candidates credit for skills, knowledge and experience gained through working and learning. It can be gained at any stage, through formal and informal learning, work activities, life experience and volunteering. Candidates can gain credit towards nationally recognised units of competencies or full qualifications without undertaking a complete training program.

Some benefits of RPL are:
  • Your skills get recognised
  • No repeating learning for skills & knowledge you already have
  • Often quicker and cheaper than completing a full training program
What is the process?
  • You complete our free skills assessment - this is a quick online assessment to assist us to identify any relevant units of competency and qualifications you may be eligible to receive recognition for.
  • Build your evidence portfolio - Once we have identified what units of competency and qualifications are relevant, we will explain to you what type of evidence (proof of your skills & knowledge) is required. This could be questioning, observations of tasks, third party reports, documents etc.
  • Your evidence is assessed by one of our qualified assessors - Your assigned assessor will review your submitted evidence against the unit of competency. All evidence will be reviewed as a whole to determine your competence. The assessor will make the decision if you are competent, not yet competent or if further evidence is required.
  • You get your Statement of Attainment or Qualification - If your assessor deems you as competent, we will submit all evidence to our partnering Registered Training Organisation SDS Training RTO 32505 who will then issue you with your statement of attainment.