Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is the process of assessing and granting credit to students for skills, knowledge and experience gained through work experience and previous learning.

If you are extremely experienced in your proposed field of study, and believe that you can prove a high level of knowledge and competence in that field, you can have your knowledge assessed, through the RPL process, to provide you with credits against your studies.

The RPL process is lengthy and robust. It involves:

  • An initial discussion with an STA staff member. They will outline the evidence you need to provide for recognition of prior learning.
  • You will be required to provide detailed evidence, demonstrating your competence, in the form of a portfolio of evidence.
  • A follow up assessment session will be held with the assessor to run through your current levels of competence.

Please be aware that, whilst we try to keep the RPL application process as simple as possible, it can sometimes be difficult for you to provide evidence of competence against required units. Due to the strictness of the RPL process, we are unable to provide RPL if evidence is not available.

Skills Training Australia offers both funded and full-fee paying students the opportunity to apply for recognition of prior learning. For further information regarding the RPL process, please call 1300 656 669.