Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the assessment of skills or knowledge required for advanced standing where there are no current or formal qualifications as proof.
We understand that some important adult learning takes place outside of educational institutions, which is why we offer RPL. To receive advanced standing based on RPL you will need to provide evidence that you can meet the learning outcomes and skills for a particular subject.
The evidence used for your RPL assessment must comply with the rules of evidence from the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). This means that your evidence must be:
Your assessor may also apply the following principles:
There are four types of evidence that you can provide:
Direct evidence is anything that you have either produced yourself or for which you have been primarily responsible. It must reflect your own work and could include:
This is information gathered from others about you, and could include:
A personal statement should be included with every application, but will only be considered as supporting evidence, not as primary evidence. A personal statement plays two very important roles in helping you prove your application. It gives you the opportunity to explain the evidence that is specific to your own work situation or industry so that the assessor can understand it and match it against the criteria for the course. It helps you highlight the knowledge and understanding required to do your job. The personal statement is a concise description of your work activities and the functions you carry out, and should be related to the learning outcomes of the subject that is the focus of the application. It reflects the actions you take, your knowledge and understanding.
Your personal statement should include:
In addition to providing evidence, the RPL assessor may contact you and arrange for you to undertake a challenge test to assess your knowledge and skills.
The process for applying for RPL is outlined in the Recognition of Prior Learning Procedure. The student must supply appropriate information as outlined in the Recognition of Prior Learning Application Kit.
Application for RPL must be made at least 20 days prior to census date of the relevant subject to permit processing, decision making and communication of the result. In general students are advised to make an advanced standing application immediately after enrolling.
Email your completed application kit to email@example.com.
If the applicant thinks the RPL process was not handled in accordance with College policy or the above-mentioned guidelines, they may appeal the outcome through the College grievance process (refer to Grievance Policy).