Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


You may be able to reduce the time it takes to get your qualification for a certain study, program, training, or employment, or you may not need to do it at all.

What is a RPL?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process done in Australia which helps recognise the talent, skills and experience you’ve gained from your previous education, training, employment, or general life experience. It is a method of assessment which makes formal qualifications more accessible to you whether you are already working or building your career.

How do I get an RPL in Australia?

As you have evidence of your knowledge and skills, and regardless of where your experience was attained, you are eligible to apply for an RPL. If you feel confident that you have the supporting documents, sign up to an RTO to begin your skills assessment. Once the requirements are met and the assessor is satisfied that you meet Australian standards, you will be issued an RPL certificate.

What documents or evidence requirements are needed to qualify for an RPL?

It is very important to think of which documents you have to prove you are a capable candidate. Fortunately, there are many ways to show evidence of your prior work, experience, and knowledge. The standard papers include:

  • Records of completed training assessments
  • Declarations from your employer that show proficiency and competence
  • Qualification records within the last 2 or 3 years
  • Report detailing your relevant experience
  • References from people you have professional relationships with

Anything that could add reputability to your claims would help!

What is the difference between RPL and Credit Transfer?

RPL allows you to obtain an Australian recognized qualification using your previous work experience in a profession, while a Credit Transfer only allows you to use your previous education at another education provider to receive credit towards another course.

Who should I contact?

You can contact a Registered Training Organizations (RTO). All RTOs are required to give assessment to gauge all of the knowledge and skills you’ve gained through work and life experiences under the Australian Qualification Framework.

How much does it cost?

Costs may vary between RTOs. You may contact more than one to know their process and fees. In some cases, financial help may be available.

RPL cost varies depending on the following factors:

  • Place where the assessment will be done
  • Qualification you are looking to obtain
  • Amount of work needed to be done for each assessment
  • Details of your previous work experience

How Can We Help You

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