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To support Queenslanders in the wake of COVID-19, TAFE Queensland is providing recognition of prior learning (RPL) at no cost. The FREE RPL program is a great way to turn your skills and experience into a recognised qualification.

 

Free RPL is available across a range of industry areas including agriculture, tourism, community services, health, business and more.  Use the FREE RPL program to gain a qualification that will support you to maintain your current employment or find employment in the same or a different industry. 

Our team will carefully assess what you already know and can do. We will look at past qualifications, and current work and life experience to match you to an industry relevant qualification. 

Depending on your skills and experience, you may be able to seek recognition of prior learning for 100 per cent of the qualification.  As part of the program, any training you require to complete a qualification will be fully funded. 

There are limited places available.

The FREE RPL program is part of the Queensland Government’s $500 million Worker Assistance Program—designed to help Queenslanders find their feet as the economy reboots. 

The FREE RPL program is made available thanks to the Queensland Government, and is fully funded through the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training.  

FREE RPL COURSES

  • Certificate III in Rural Operations (AHC32816)
  • Diploma of Agriculture (AHC50116)
  • Certificate III in Business Administration (BSB30415)
  • Certificate III in Business Administration (Medical) (BSB31115)
  • Diploma of Leadership and Management (BSB51918)
  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113)
  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113)

  • Certificate III in Community Services (CHC32015)
  • Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015)
  • Diploma of Community Services (CHC52015)
  • Certificate III in Hospitality (SIT30616)
  • Diploma of Hospitality Management (SIT50416)
  • Diploma of Information Technology Systems Administration (ICT50318)
  • Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (HLT33115)
  • Certificate III in Health Administration (HLT37315)
  • Certificate IV in Health Administration (HLT47315)
  • Diploma of Practice Management (HLT57715)
  • Certificate III in Retail (SIR30216)
  • Certificate III in Fitness (SIS30315)
  • Certificate III in Tourism (SIT30116)
  • Certificate III in Travel (SIT30216)
  • Certificate III Events (SIT30516)
  • Diploma of Travel and Tourism Management (SIT50116)
  • Diploma of Event Management (SIT50316)

 

ELIGIBILITY

For you to be eligible, you need to be:

  • A Queensland resident; aged 15 years or over who is no longer at school; is an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian entrants), or a temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency, and
  • Not an employee; of TAFE Queensland or any government department, government agency or local council,
  • Not be currently enrolled in another qualification
  • You must also be able to demonstrate prior learning in one of the qualification areas.
 

Request your self-appraisal kit for FREE Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

 

 

ISOLEARN RPL Frequently Asked Questions

The FREE RPL program is fully funded by the Queensland Government, through the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training.  The program is part of the Queensland Government’s $500 million Worker Assistance Package, to help Queensland recover after doing it tough through the pandemic. 

There is no fee to participants for the recognition of prior learning, or any gap training required to complete the qualification.  If training is required to complete the qualification, you may need to pay a small amount for resources costs (i.e. text books, or other resources to support completion of training). 

The FREE RPL program is fully funded by the Queensland Government, through the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training.  There is no fee to participants for the recognition of prior learning, or any gap training required to complete the qualification.  If training is required to complete the qualification, you may need to pay a small amount for resources costs (i.e. text books, or other resources to support completion of training). 

This will depend on the evidence you present.  Our recognition of prior learning team will review the information you supply and determine the level of recognition you are eligible to receive.

We will review your information, and we will send you a self-appraisal kit.  You need to complete this kit, and return to us as soon as possible.

If you are not eligible for Free Recognition of Prior Learning, you may still be eligible subsidised recognition of prior learning via another funding initiative.

There are other courses and subsidised training options available.

Register your interest and our recognition of prior learning team will be in contact to talk about your options. 

 
 
Fast track your way to a formal qualification by receiving recognition for the study you have completed or the skills you've gained from the workplace. This means less study time for you, and being qualified a whole lot sooner. We can directly apply credits from previous successful study and assess your skills to give you recognition.

Credit transfer

Credit transfer is a process that gives you credit for components of a qualification based on equivalent study that you've previously successfully completed.

If you've previously completed formal studies, for example at TAFE, another VET provider, or higher education provider, you may be eligible to receive credit towards a TAFE Queensland qualification.

If we assess that units in your course are equivalent to any you have previously completed, you will receive a credit transfer for those modules or units. That means you won't have to study or pay for those units again and they will count towards your qualification. 

Benefits of credit transfer

If you've previously completed formal studies it's worth checking to see if you're eligible for a credit transfer as it can reduce the amount of units you need to complete to receive your qualification.

Credit transfer can also:

  • save you time and money
  • help you get your qualification sooner
  • allow you to build on your previous studies.

Applying for credit transfer

To apply for a credit transfer you will need a credit transfer application form and supply relevant evidence such as qualification testamurs or graduation statements.

There are two separate forms for VET and Higher Education programs:

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Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process that recognises the skills you have gained through prior study (including formal, informal and non-formal learning) or previous work experience or volunteer work.

If you RPL some of your units, the qualification you will receive is no different to any other. It is still a fully-recognised qualification that you can complete in less time, and at a lower cost.

Note: There are limits to the amount of RPL you can claim for qualifications. You will be advised of these limitations when you apply.

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Benefits of RPL

Getting or upgrading your qualifications is a fantastic resume booster. You can take your career to the next level knowing that your skills and expertise are recognised in line with current industry benchmarks.

Recognition of Prior Learning can also:

  • save you money and study time
  • prepare you for a career change or promotion
  • improve your job security
  • help you move from volunteer work to paid employment
  • provide options for credit towards a university degree.

RPL process

Our expert team will carefully assess your experience including past qualifications, relevant skills, and industry knowledge. Information about your knowledge and experience will be aligned to the relevant components of the qualification. You will receive recognition for the units or modules in which you have demonstrated either competency or similarity of learning outcomes, and you will only need to complete any remaining units to receive the qualification.

You may be eligible for part of a complete qualification through RPL. You can receive recognition towards an entire vocational qualification (certificate or diploma level) or up to two-thirds of a degree level qualification (four year degree).

Costs

The cost for RPL in a VET course will vary depending on the number of units of competency you successfully gain recognition for, the fee structure of the course and any assessment or training required. You will be provided with an approximate cost for your unique situation when you apply.

There is no cost for RPL with higher education units of study.

Applying for RPL

To apply for RPL simply submit an enquiry so we can provide you with the appropriate application form. You will need to submit your application before the start of study (or the relevant census date for FEE-HELP/VET Student Loans students). Along with this form you will also need to supply any relevant documentation that supports your application including existing qualifications and evidence of your previous roles.

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