Recognition of prior learning and credit transfer
Recognition of prior learning
Recognition of prior learning, also referred to as RPL, is the formal acknowledgement of a person's current skills and knowledge, no matter how, when or where the learning occurred.
This is an important assessment pathway, particularly for people who are considering doing some study. The recognition gained may considerably reduce the study time needed to get a qualification.
RPL is a process that should take place at the commencement of a person's training, apprenticeship or traineeship and it can take place throughout the training program.
The RPL assessment may include workplace observation, interviews and professional conversations, work samples and documented evidence.
Credit transfer recognises previous formal learning (e.g. university, other qualifications). It uses an assessment of a previous course or subject that an applicant has achieved to determine whether it can be credited to the new course in which the applicant wishes to enrol.
The assessment determines the extent to which your previous course or subject is equivalent to the required learning outcomes of the desired qualification.