Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Practice Models

The Commonwealth and NSW governments jointly funded the NSW COAG RPL Program was managed by the NSW Department of Education and Communities (NSW DEC). The Program aimed to provide streamlined and simplified skills recognition processes and to devise processes to minimise the cost to applicants. 

These projects, which were run by a range of industry, training provider and community groups, have resulted in important insights and valuable resources that training providers, enterprises and learners can download for free. See what's available by clicking on an industry or client group below.

Please note that the resources listed hereunder are mostly from projects completed by 2009. Some of the information may be out of date but it can still be used as reference material and customised to meet the need of the client group.

Industry Index


  • Automotive
    This kit is the result of the TAFE NSW COAG Automotive Industry Recognition Project, managed by TAFE NSW Industry Skills Unit, Ultimo and jointly funded by the NSW Department of Education and Communities and the Australian Government.
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  • Enhancement of recognition practices in the automotive industry
    The aim of this project was to address the skills shortages in the automotive industry by recognising the skills of existing workers.
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Communications, IT, Print and Graphic Arts

  • IT and Business administration
    Sydney Institute of TAFE NSW has developed a suite of recognition tools to support candidates for foundation IT qualifications and for the certificate III in business administration.
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Community Services and Health

  • Aged care
    The project sought to increase the capability and expertise of the aged services sector, and to raise and diversify the skills of the existing aged services workforce.
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  • Volunteering
    Over 150 rural fire service volunteers undertook a training and recognition process towards the 'contribute to assessment' unit within the certificate III qualification in the training and assessment training package.
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  • A recognition model for volunteers
    This project developed and trialled new models of recognition of prior learning involving 50 candidates across the not-for-profit sector in NSW.
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  • Community mental health
    The project facilitated quality improvement and better community mental health provisions.
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  • Out of school hours sector
    The project highlights the use and benefits of workplace recognition.
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  • Employment services
    The aim of this project was to deliver the Certificate IV in Employment Services to existing works using flexible and online delivery.
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  • Additional resources
    Additional resources for the community, services and health industry are now available.
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  • Plumbing Industry
    Recognition for overseas experienced plumbers project - revised resources
    The resources for this project aimed to develop a recognition program for overseas experienced plumbers. These have been updated to ensure they meet packaging rules and units of competence from the CPC32408 Qualification and the Construction, Plumbing and Services Integrated Framework - CPC08 Training Package.
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Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services

  • HunterNet Engineering RPL Network
    Improved RPL tools and methods have been developed for RTOs working within the manufacturing and engineering industry.
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Utilities and Electrotechnology

  • Country Energy project: recognition and professional development for skilled workers
    The project aims to improve organisational leadership and managerial capability in a major energy provider.
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  • Electrical Trades - revised resources now available
    This project consists of processes, tools and resources for assessment of experienced electricians from overseas countries and Australia.
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Page last updated: 20 July 2015