If you have a real world experience but no certificates behind your name, recognised prior learning can help transform your skills, knowledge, work and life experience into nationally recognised qualifications. Recognition of prior learning or RPL is a government recognised qualification option delivered by Registered Training Organisations like Above and Beyond Training Solutions to candidates so they can use prior learning to gain partial or full credit towards a vocational qualification without undertaking a complete training program. Recognised learning  is cheaper, faster and more efficient than training people in areas they already know.

Benefits of RPL
• Skills are formally acknowledge with a nationally recognised qualification
• Skills are recognised regardless of where and how it was learned
• Saves time in studying or training for something you already know
• Increased career opportunities
• Easier qualification completion

Anyone with reasonable amount of experience in the area they seek recognition can apply. Competence requirements guarantee RPL candidates meet the same standard of professionalism and skill acquired through traditional education process. If you’re thinking about studying or training to further your career, evaluate the skills you already have to reduce the time it takes to get a qualification. Try an online self evaluation to check which qualifications best suit your skills and experience before you start the formal RPL process.

Here’s an RPL Candidate guide to assist you to seek recognition for experience, skills and knowledge for which you do not have vocational qualification. This guide will give you more information about the recognition process.

How to apply for RPL
Step 1 – Check with TAFE Technical And Further Education or
contact a Registered Training Organisation to register your interest.

Step 2 – Gather all the documentation about your skills and experience. The documentation may include:
• Resume
• Employment documents
• Job description
• Certified copies of course completion certification
• In-house training courses, training programs certificate
• Original copies of references or letters from employers or supervisors
• Employer reference outlining your job responsibilities
• Workplace documents like letters from clients
• Emails or letters
• Occupational health and safety documentation
• Evaluation from supervisors
• Contact details of referees who can confirm your skills
Sample evidence portfolio checklist

Step 3 – Practical demonstration of skills to an RPL Assessor. Skills will be assessed against industry standards. Candidates will be asked to:
• Perform tasks or jobs
• Explain about how jobs are done
• Provide work samples

Step 4 – Final interviews with an RPL assessor

The cost of RPL assessment varies between RTO’s. Contact more than one to look for the price best suited to your budget. The cost varies depending on the kind of qualification and the amount of RPL you undertake. An additional cost will be uncured if you are required to undertake “Gap Training” to complete qualification. RPL can certainly reduce the cost of qualification. It will cost less than the training it replaces and will certainly take up less of your time.