Our RPL Process

What is Recognition of Prior Learning?

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RPL measures an individual’s skills and knowledge towards formal qualifications. It is a process to have individual existing skills and knowledge assessed and formally recognised within the qualification framework. RPL is a form of assessment that acknowledges skills and knowledge (known within the VET system as ‘competencies’) gained through:

  • formal training conducted by industry or education institutions;
  • work experience;
  • life experience.

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The main principle underpinning RPL is that for competency based training the focus should be on the outcomes of learning, rather than how, when or where the learning occurred.

In order to grant RPL, the assessor must be confident that the candidate is currently competent against the endorsed industry or enterprise competency standards or outcomes specified in Australian Qualifications Framework accredited courses.

It may help for you to have in mind that competency-based training is concerned with outcomes – i.e. you being able to demonstrate competency. Under these conditions, you are not required to undertake studies for those parts of a qualification where you are already competent. However, you are required, if seeking RPL, to prove that you already have these competencies irrespective of how they have been achieved.

RPL offers the following benefits:

  • RPL allows you to complete formal education in a shorter period of time and usually at less cost;
  • RPL means that you do not have to repeat learning for that which you can prove you are already competent;
RPL can result in a full qualification or a statement of attainment for partial completion of a qualification.

Statements of attainment are awarded when an applicant is granted RPL for a particular unit of competency or units of competency. Both forms of certification are recognised nationally.

Gaining a Qualification through RPL

You can obtain a qualification if you can show you are competent. You are required to provide evidence that shows you meet the units of competence for that qualification.

The Language of RPL

You will come across a number of terms when going through the process of RPL.

The most common are:

Term Definition
Unit of Competence Describes a general area of competency (skills and knowledge described in the title of the Unit). Each Unit contains elements, performance criteria, a range of variables and an evidence guide.
Element of Competence A sub-set of competence, which describes the outcomes that contribute to a Unit.
Performance Criteria The level of performance or the standard required to prove competence.
The criteria provide a guide to the assessor in judging a candidate’s
skills and knowledge.

What is Evidence?

To be awarded a qualification or a Statement of Attainment you are required to compile a Portfolio to demonstrate your competency in the Unit(s) of Competence.

Your portfolio must reflect the level of qualification which you are seeking to achieve. For example the portfolio for a Diploma will need to be more substantial than the portfolio for a Certificate IV.

There may be an overlap between some Units of Competence. Therefore, evidence may meet the requirements of several units.

Evidence of your skills and knowledge may take a variety of forms and could include certification (formal qualification or statement of attainment), references from past employers, testimonials from clients and work samples.

Types of Evidence include:

  • work produced
  • statements from you
  • work records/documentation
  • work diary
  • statements from others 
  • life experience
  • previous study

What Your Assessor Will Be Looking For

Your assessor will be looking for a range of evidence that meets the following rules of evidence:


Term Definition
Authenticity That you are the person who performed the tasks which are being submitted for assessment. You will be asked to verify this.
Currency The evidence is current in relation to your competency. Can you still perform the task/activity to the appropriate standard?
Validity Your evidence must cover the knowledge and skills as specified in the performance criteria and evidence guide.
Sufficiency You must collect enough evidence to satisfy the assessor.

Your assessor will also be seeking demonstration of competence in all dimensions of competence as described below. Hence we will ask for a range of evidence types.


Term Definition
Task Skills Ability to perform individual tasks.
Task Management Skills Ability to manage a number of different tasks within the job.
Contingency Management Skills Ability to respond to irregularities and breakdowns in routines.
Job/Role Environment Skills Ability to deal with the responsibilities and expectations of the work environment.
Teamwork/Customer Service Skills Skills which enable people to work together in groups and together as an organisation; to liaise and communicate effectively and co-operatively; and be responsive to the needs of service recipients and the community generally.

Transformed provide participants a detailed RPL kit upon enrolment to assist them in preparing their evidence for assessment.


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Do you have some work experience or have been in the workforce for a number of years but not sure how you can apply your existing knowledge to achieving a qualification?
 
Our self assessment survey will give you more information for what your self paced learning pathway looks like based onyour work and life experience – ie do you have options for Recognition of PriorLearning (RPL) or is a distance package best for you – or a blend of both.
 
The survey is free and it takes just 10 mins to complete and within 24 hours you will have a response from a Transformed team member with your recommended learning pathway as well as the fee to complete and the next steps should you wish to enrol. We have payment plans to suit all budgets. 
 
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Transformed works across a broad range of industries in both government and private sectors.
Federal Government
  • Attorney General’s Department
  • Australian Federal Police
  • Australian Trade Commission
  • Australian War Memorial
  • Biosecurity Australia 
  • Centrelink
State Government
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  • Public Works (QLD) 
  • Department of Treasury (ACT) 
  • Disabilities Services Commission (WA) 
  • Darwin Ports Corporation 
  • Department of Business and Employment (NT)
Selected Private Sector
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  • Access Economics
  • ATCO Structures
  • Australian Institute of Management
  • Australian Institute of Project Management
  • Australia Post