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Recognition of Prior Learning

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Based on your knowledge, work experience and skills, you could be awarded part, or all of your qualification.

Your work and life experiences are valuable. So valuable, in fact, that they may be able to reduce the time that it takes to get your qualification.

The process known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) acknowledges your experiences and maps them against the criteria for an individual a unit of competency in your selected course.

Example: Mary has worked on projects for her company for the last 5 years. During this time she has learnt the in-house project management process, has undertaken in-house training courses, and has been involved in most aspects of running a project. Mary’s work experience is extensive and she is a great candidate for gaining her Diploma of Project Management via RPL.

*Please note that Australis College does not RPL units that may impact on Workplace Health and Safety activities. This policy is in place for your safety and that of those you may work with. Please refer to the student handbook for more information.

The RPL process is outlined in the steps below.

The 5 steps of the Recgnition of Prior Learning process

Step 1: Obtain an RPL Application Form

To obtain an RPL Application form, call our friendly team and advise us that you’re wanting to apply. Make sure you tell us what qualification you’re wanting to RPL for so that we can send you the relevant Kit.

Step 2: Complete and return the RPL Application Kit

Read the RPL Application Kit thoroughly, complete your details, and refer to the units of competency that are outlined for your qualification. The Kit will list all the units required for the qualifications—you will need to identify which of those that you believe you’re eligible for RPL. We require supporting evidence to accompany your application. This will be outlined in detail in the RPL Application Kit.

Step 3: Application Review & Confirmation

To review your application, an Australis Trainer/Assessor will discuss your skills and experiences with you. If applicable, they may set up a formal interview to further validate your skills and knowledge. The Trainer/Assessor will also instruct you to provide any extra evidence required for the RPL process. Once this is completed, they will be able to advise you of the outcome. In most cases they will also outline any additional units of competency that you will need to receive training in to complete the full qualification.

Step 4: Recognition of Prior Learning Awarded

You will receive a statement of attainment for all the units of competency you are deem competent in through RPL. Alternatively, you’ll be given the choice to continue on to the full qualification.

Step 5: Further Study Required

If you’re advised that you need to complete additional units of competency, you will need to undertake gap-training. This can be done by enrolling in the regular Australis College course.

Important information you need to know.

RPL isn’t a pass or fail process.

  • You will be assessed as either “competent” or “not competent”.
  • It is the job of Australis College to provide support as you collect the evidence you need to demonstrate your competency against the required criteria.
  • If you aren’t eligible for RPL for all the units in your course, you can simply do some gap-training via an online course. This will cover any knowledge and complete any unit/s you may need.

You may be eligible for the VET Student Loan Scheme for RPL.

  • VET Student Loan is a Commonwealth Government loan scheme for students undertaking higher‑level VET (Vocational Education Training) qualifications i.e. diploma, advanced diploma, graduate certificate and graduate diploma courses. VET Student Loan is available for limited courses. Please refer to the course page for eligibility information.
  • This means if you are eligible for VET Student Loan, you can get the qualification you want now, and pay later.
  • Quite often you can also claim the education expense on tax, even though you’ve paid for it via VET Student Loan (you should speak with your accountant to confirm this).

More questions?

If you require more information, click on the FAQs below.

Alternatively, call us on 1300 887 991 to talk to one of our course consultants. Our consultants can help you to establish how many units you may be able to gain RPL for, prior to your enrolment and without any upfront commitment on your behalf.

To apply for RPL, complete an enquiry form and one of our course consultants will be in touch!


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