Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The Academy of International Education (Australia) – TAIE, recognises the workplace skills that you have gained through your industry experience in the past. At TAIE, we assess your skills and acknowledge your work capabilities which may offer you a RPL. This will shorten the amount of study required to attain certification in some fields. Read on for full information.


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

TAIE recognises the workplace skills that you have gained through your industry experience in the past. These might include skills you picked up on the job or from other life experiences that do not necessarily include formal training.

At TAIE, we assess your skills and acknowledge your work capabilities and then use these to impact either partially or completely towards nationally recognised qualifications or a statement of attainment, which can be used for employment or migration purpose.

This Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process enables you to shorten the length of time for your qualifications. In some cases, your skills can be recognised in a way that you will not be required to complete further study.

What are the benefits of applying for RPL?

RPL can provide:

  • National recognition of the skills you use in your job
  • Fast tracking to recognised qualifications
  • Credit towards a qualification
  • Time saving in undertaking formal study
  • Not having to learn what is already known
  • Increased career opportunities

How much does RPL cost?

RPL costs the same as the course enrolment but it saves you money on course resources and materials.

RPL also saves you time, because if your RPL application is granted, you do not need to attend the rest of the classes for those subjects.

 Note: there are no refunds given on fees for RPL units if your application is granted.

What kind of evidence is appropriate?

Indirect Evidence

Indirect evidence is evidence submitted by you. This could include work produced such as documents, products, materials and reports. Other examples include certificates, qualifications and video or audio tapes.

Supplementary Evidence

Supplementary evidence allows your assessor to infer your competency. This evidence is often obtained through:

  • Written or oral questioning.
  • Tests completed off-the-job.
  • Third party sources; for example, members of your work team or your supervisor/s.
  • Work experience: Including paid and unpaid, full-time and part-time work
  • Education and Training: Including accredited and informal, training gained through work
  • Life experience: Including: leisure, recreation and hobbies. All information should be documented and you should be able to verify that any documents you submit are your own. This may require supporting documentation from another person.
  • Historical Evidence: Any evidence that is over 5 years old must be supported by more up to date evidence. The combined evidence should indicate your continued currency in the area of competence RPL is being sought for. If you can demonstrate a continuous standard of competency then the historical evidence can be submitted. If the evidence does not lead to a continuous level of competency, then the competency must be demonstrated in an alternative manner.

What if I do not have sufficient evidence?

Assessment by TAIE

If sufficient evidence has not been produced in the documentation, and you wish to be assessed by TAIE, an alternative assessment method can be arranged by your assessor.

 Once a preliminary assessment has been applied, you can focus on receiving gap training only where there are identifiable gaps.

 For more information on Recognition of Prior Learning, please read our RPL Candidate Guide and RPL FAQ.

Should you have any further queries please Contact Us.