Recognition For Prior Learning
The Recognition Process
Recognition is a process by which candidates seek confirmation
of the skills and knowledge they have acquired through earlier
work, life and other experiences. Recognition can be gained through
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or by Credit Transfer.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Recognition of Prior Learning is a process by which the skills
and knowledge developed by the trainee, outside of formal
education, is recognised against the qualification and competencies
they are undertaking. The judgement is made by an assessor or
assessment team against the competencies of the Training
Why apply for Recognition?
If you are successful in receiving Recognition of Prior
Learning, you may be able to complete your training program
earlier. You will be able to focus your training on learning and
developing new and relevant skills
Evidence of prior learning
The candidate has a great deal of responsibility to gather
suitable evidence to prove what they have achieved. The assessor
may guide you as to what kinds of evidence you might need to
provide, but candidates have the flexibility to decide on the kinds
of evidence they can put together to confirm their competence.
Candidates need to be aware that the more recent the prior
learning, the more value such evidence has as an indication of
current competence. You will be encouraged to think about what you
do and what types of things you can use to confirm competence and
help you to come up with suitable evidence.
Evidence used for RPL may include:
- Work Records;
- Records of workplace training;
- Challenge tests of current knowledge & skills;
- Third party reports from current and previous employers and
- Examples of work products;
Recognition of Prior Learning is only granted against a
full Unit of Competency. You may have some skills and knowledge
that can be recognised but do not have all of the required skills
for the unit. In this case you may be granted Advanced Standing.
This means that your skills and knowledge have been recognised but
you will need to complete further training and assessment to fill
the gaps between your recognition and the Unit of
Credit Transfer is another form of recognition. Credit transfer
is based upon Qualifications and Statements of Attainment received
from other educational institutions. The assessor or assessment
team will examine evidence provided and make a decision regarding
the Credit Transfer. If the Qualifications or Statement of
Attainment can be mapped against the qualification the student is
enrolling in, automatic credit transfer will be granted. As with
RPL, Credit Transfer can only be issued against a full Unit of
Examples of Recognition
Paul had worked from time to time in stables and on farms. He
had owned a horse which he rode on his parent's property. He had
several other jobs including horse transport driver, barrier
attendant and bookmaker's clerk. He wanted to complete a
Certificate III as a Trackrider but wasn't sure how much he knew or
what new skills and knowledge he would need to get a
The training centre sent him an RPL kit which explained the
process. He read the explanation of the units of competence (the
skills and knowledge required).He filled out the self-assessment
forms which gave him a clearer picture of his situation. Then, he
had an interview with an assessor who discussed what evidence he
needed to provide.
It was agreed he would ask former and current employers to
complete a report (checklist) with comments and sign it where
indicated. These checklists described the jobs he had performed
particularly the details of his skills in horse handling, horse
care and stable work.
Based on the evidence Paul provided he was able to receive RPL
for his horse handling skills and transporting of horses.
Alison had been involved in the equestrian industry, competing
in dressage and showjumping. She had also attended the local
Agricultural College and completed a Diploma in Equine Management.
She had never had any experience in the racing industry. Alison
wanted to know what Recognition she would receive for her
experience and qualifications.
Alison provided references from current and former employers, as
well as her qualification.
On examining the evidence, the assessor gave Credit for the
common horse units that she had completed in the Diploma. Alison
was unable to receive RPL or Credit for some Units of Competency
due to lack of experience in the Racing Industry.
Remember: The more detailed your evidence to support
your request for Recognition, the greater the chance you have of
being successful in being granted RPL.