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.

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.

Useful resources:

  • 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)

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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.

RTO Guide

RTO Guide

To assist Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) deliver a quality recognition service and develop or improve the capacity of RTOs to engage and assist candidates and employees being instructed in recognition including RPL.

Download a free copy (pdf 6.85MB)

Candidate Guide

Candidate Guide

To assist people seeking recognition for experience, skills and knowledge for which they do not hold a vocational qualification. This guide has been developed to provide individuals with more information about recognition and help them to understand the recognition process.

Download a free copy (pdf 2.29MB)

Assessor Guide

Assessor Guide

Assists assessors to offer streamlined recognition processes and information to employers and recognition candidates.

Download a free copy (pdf 17.2MB)

Employer Guide

Assists employers by providing a brief overview of the benefits and process of recognition.

Download a free copy (pdf 1.12MB)

Page last updated: 11 May 2018