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Recognition of prior learning

Let's face it. You've got the skills to pay the bills. It's just that no one has given you a piece of paper to prove it!

Imagine if you could gain a formal qualification that acknowledges the work experience and skills you already have, so you could minimise - in some cases eliminate - the need to do formal study.

Get the paper to prove it

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a nationally recognised process which helps you gain credit towards a certificate or diploma based on the skills and experience you have picked up from:

  • previous learning
  • work or industry experience (paid or unpaid)
  • volunteering
  • partially completed studies.

Your experience is matched to current industry qualifications so you can gain credit towards or even recognition for a full qualification.

What does this mean for you?

Getting a qualification is a fantastic resume booster. You'll be able to step up for that pay rise or promotion and take your career in a new direction with the confidence that your skills and expertise are in line with current industry benchmarks.

Recognition of Prior Learning can also:

  • save you money and study time by avoiding duplication of training
  • ensure you only study what you need to meet the requirements of a job role or qualification
  • fast-track your way to a formal qualification
  • up skill you for a career change
  • improve job security
  • help you move from volunteer work to paid employment
  • provide options for credit towards a university degree

Should I apply for RPL?

You might already be on the right track. Do you answer yes to any of these questions?

  • Do you want to gain formal recognition for your skills and workforce training?
  • Are you already working or volunteering in the industry, or have you done so recently?
  • Can your current or previous manager confirm your skills and experience?
  • Could you demonstrate your skills and knowledge to someone else?
  • Do you have any documentation (such as a portfolio of work) to support your claim?

If so, why not apply? You deserve the recognition. You've worked hard for it.

The application process

Don't waste time studying what you already know and don't sell yourself short by not formalising the skills you have.

Talk to an RPL Assessor about how you can apply. They will explain the evidence you will need to support your application and any on-the-job or training components you still need to meet.

Want to know more?

Contact TAFE Queensland in your region to find out more