Recognition of prior learning

What Is recognition of prior learning (RPL)?


Recognition of Prior Learning is the opportunity to have your previous skills, knowledge, training and experience counted towards a formal statement of attainment or qualification. RPL recognises your knowledge and skills, no matter how, when or where you developed them.

Recognition of prior learning can be used to get credit for part of a course and sometimes a whole qualification! You can save yourself time and money by taking advantage of RPL when you have the chance.




How Does the RPL Process Work?


You can apply for through Mastery institute Australia by enrolling in the course you wish to complete and indicating you wish to be considered for RPL on your enrolment form.

You will need to provide us with evidence of your achievements and experience. We then compare your evidence to the requirements of the qualification for which you are seeking RPL. Once we have verified you have the required skills and knowledge, we will grant you credit. You may gain RPL for one or more units in a qualification.




What Kind of Evidence Can You Use For RPL?


We need evidence that shows you have up-to-date skills and knowledge required to hold the qualification in question. Evidence can include:

  • Formal and informal qualifications such as qualifications, certificates, statements of results, statements of attainment or course transcripts.
  • Resume, job description or work history.
  • References from paid or unpaid work experience.
  • Samples of your work, such as publications, reports or articles.
  • References and letters from your clients or employers.

Your recognition of prior learning assessor will also be in touch to discuss your evidence and ask questions to help confirm your skills and knowledge. You might also be asked to take an interview, challenge task or practical assessment to demonstrate your abilities.




Why Is Evidence Required For RPL?


We know the majority of people are honest and we’d love to be able to just accept your word that you have the skills and experience required. However, training providers such as Mastery Institute Australia must maintain the quality of Australian qualifications.

In order to make sure your qualification continues to be recognised and valued by industry, we must take the recognition of prior learning process seriously. We can only grant RPL based on the evidence you can provide us.




Why Can’t You Tell Me Exactly How Much RPL I Will Get Up Front?


Examining evidence and mapping it to specific units of competency in a qualification is a surprisingly time consuming process. It can actually take longer to assess an RPL claim than mark the standard course assessments because each RPL claim is unique and needs to be verified and mapped against the course requirements.





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