Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
What is recognition?
Recognition including recognition of prior learning (RPL), is a process for giving candidates credit for skills, knowledge and experience gained through working and learning. It can be gained at any stage of their lives, through formal and informal learning, in Australia or overseas, through work or other activities such as volunteering.
On this page:
- Skills Recognition - How candidates can prepare
- Recognition Guides for training providers, candidates, assessors and employers
Skills Recognition - How candidates can prepare
Recognition means the candidate gains credit towards a vocational qualification - sometimes a full qualification - without undertaking a complete training program. Recognition is faster, cheaper and more efficient than putting people through training in areas they already know well. It means less time off the job and is more satisfying for the learner.
- RPL - Toolkit from Volunteering Australia
The toolkit has been designed to support volunteers and managers of volunteers in learning about RPL and the process involved in attaining RPL. The toolkit can also be used by other industries.
Download a free copy (pdf 1.230 KB)
- Sample Portfolio Checklist
The checklist provides some useful information about what to include in a portfolio. The checklist can be found in the Assessor Guide to RPL (pdf 5MB). The guide assists assessors to offer streamlined recognition processes and information to employers and recognition candidates.
Download a free copy (pdf 234KB)
- Sample Evidence Portfolio Checklist
The checklist is for the Children's Services sector and provides some useful information on what type of essential and additional evidence can be included in an evidence portfolio.
Download a free copy (pdf 272 KB)
Recognition Guides for training providers, candidates, assessors and employers
These guides, developed by the NSW Department of Industry, can be downloaded for free. They will take you step by step through the recognition process.