Recognition (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) allows students to receive credit for part of a course, individual units of competence or a whole qualification. RPL is a way of acknowledging skills and knowledge previously acquired through formal, informal or non-formal learning, which means students may not need to attend classroom training or complete further assessment.

The terms of recognition include recognition of prior learning, credit transfer and articulation.

These processes recognise competence no matter how, when or where the learning occurred. For example, students may wish to apply for recognition on the basis of life and work experience, or as a result of having completed other formal or informal learning.

In order to grant recognition, an assessor must be confident that students are currently competent and meet the requirements of the endorsed competency standards within the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF). Evidence of competence may take a variety of forms and could include certification, references from past employers, testimonials from clients and work samples.

The assessor must ensure that the evidence is authentic, valid, reliable, current and sufficient. Students seeking recognition for all or part of a qualification must first complete the Recognition Application Kit.

For further information about RPL or to book a time to speak to a Course Coordinator please email us at

To apply for Recognition

  1. Download the RPL Application Form
  2. Enrol in the course you are seeking recognition for (you may have done this already)
  3. Pay the $500 enrolment fee (non-refundable)
  4. Gather and collate your evidence
  5. Email your completed RPL Application Form together with your documents (evidence) and email to

Recognition Application Fee

A recognition application fee of $500 is payable before the application can be assessed. The application fee is not refundable but will be deducted from the costs of the recognition process and/or additional training that may be required. You will be made fully aware of all costs for the process once your application has been assessed.

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