What is Recognition of Prior Learning?
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 Inspire Education by enrolling in the course you wish to complete and indicating you wish to be considered for RPL on your enrolment form (there is a relevant field in our online store and on our paper/PDF enrolment forms).
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 Inspire Education 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.
There are several common situations where we can offer RPL:
1. RPL with official vocational qualifications
In some cases there is a clear and easy recognition of prior learning process which allows us to give an upfront assessment of how much RPL you will receive. For example, if you are upgrading an old TAA40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment to the new TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, there is a “map” between the old qualification and the new, which makes it simple to determine which units you can gain credit for and which new units you need study.
In situations where we have a relatively straightforward RPL process, we have a discounted RPL price available. Please check your course brochure for more information.
2. RPL with other training and experience
If you are providing evidence of years of work, formal and informal training and other relevant work and life experience it becomes much trickier for us to grant RPL. As the evidence you’ve provided is unique, it can take an experienced and talented trainer a considerable amount of time to do the proper due diligence on your RPL claim – perhaps as much as 80 hours! Obviously we don’t know how much RPL you will be granted until we actually assess your evidence. This requires such a huge investment time and resources that we simply can’t offer upfront quotes in these cases.
3. Mix of qualifications and experience
In many of the applications we receive, RPL seekers have a mix of formal qualifications and other training and experience. In these cases we might be able to confidently predict you’ll get RPL for units already completed as part of your previous accredited qualification. To receive recognition for you experience and informal training achevievements, you will need to provide evidence and have it assessed by our RPL assessor.
Take advantage of RPL!
Recognition of prior learning is your opportunity to have your training, experience and success in life formally recognised and counted towards an official qualification. If you want to apply for RPL for your course, just tick the box on your enrolment form. Our RPL experts will be in touch to talk you through the process and help you gather evidence for your claim.
To discuss RPL opportunities, please call Inspire Education on 1800 506 509 or email [email protected]
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