Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) & Credit Transfer

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Our RPL & Credit Transfer Process

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Our 5-Step Easy RPL Process

Southpac Aerospace shows the 5 steps to Recognition of Prior Learning and credit Transfer

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process of your past experience and background against units of competency.  It is a method of achieving nationally-recognised qualifications under the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF).  As an RTO, we evaluate and assess your work and life experience, knowledge and skills against pre-determined criteria.  These can be obtained through life experiences, career and activities (such as volunteering) or other units of competency.

RPL is all about evidence.  While we would love to take your word on all your lifetime knowledge and experiences, unfortunately, we cannot. To award RPL we require solid evidence which maps directly to the unit of competency and its requirements.

The AQF provides a formal explanation on what is an RPL, here.

RPL Kits Under Construction 

We offer RPL Kits on a unit-by-unit basis. These are currently being updated following the changes to the Business Services Training Package by ASQA.  

To achieve a qualification, it is important to have an understanding of the units of competency you need to obtain. This assists in identifying your skills and knowledge to be deemed competent. Our RPL kits are designed for all units of competency that can be used towards a qualification issued by Southpac Aerospace. These kits will help determine if RPL the right option for you.

RPL $250 per unit
Credit transfer $100 per unit

See our example RPL Kit below, as an example of one unit of competency.  The same structure and evidence referencing can be applied to all other RPL Kits.

Please note: this is an example only.  It is only a guide for your own RPL process and not to be copied directly into your RPL submission.

EXAMPLE – RPL Kit BSBADM502 Manage Meetings

Once you have contacted us about your intention to attain RPL, an assessment process is activated to ensure assessment and evidence is detailed correctly.  Our Easy 5-step RPL process (shown below), will help you to understand the requirements for Southpac Aerospace qualification attainment.

Once you have completed your RPL kit, please email to [email protected].

1.How can I obtain recognition of prior learning or RPL?

By applying with us, using our 5-step easy RPL process, which is detailed in the sidebar on this page.
According to ASQA, all accredited training organisation are required to offer RPL when a student is accepted, so if you are thinking of studying with us, contact us about how to apply for your RPL.

2.Why do you need to get an RPL?

  • to comply with regulations or licensing within an industry
  • to formally recognise skills gained through other various activities
  • to upgrade skills for job promotion
  • to give similar standing of skills to achieve qualification to train/audit others
  • to convert qualifications from overseas to comply with Australian standards

3.What is the difference between RPL and credit transfer?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) refers to having sufficient evidence of experience, skills or knowledge through other means but haven’t specifically studied the unit.

Credit transfer refers to the completion of a unit through a course.  You must provide a statement of attainment or transcript that shows the unit as complete.  Units studied more than a couple of years may have been superseded and may require further evidence of qualification.

4.Is getting RPL a long and difficult process?

No and yes.  At Southpac, we make sure the process is as easy as possible.  By completing the relevant documents and supplying us with the necessary items, you could be well on the way to obtaining your RPL.  However, gathering and presenting the evidence can take just as long as studying and completing the course itself.  Please take these factors in consideration when determining if RPL is right for you.

5.How much experience do you need to gain RPL?

Generally, you need substantial evidence of experience to qualify for the Diploma level of qualification.  Time in a work position, type of experience and other determining factors help to evaluate your eligibility for RPL.

6.What are the types of evidence that we use as evidence for RPL?

Almost any formal, non-formal and informal activities related to the unit of competency you are requesting RPL for, can be used as evidence.  These could include but not limited to:

  • verbal communication with assessor
  • position descriptions
  • work experience evidence
  • references
  • compliance records
  • qualification, transcripts
  • task lists
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • work activities – meeting notes, project plans, correspondences
  • performance reviews or staff appraisals
  • incident reports
  • other activities determined as evidenced by your assessor to prove competence

 7.How does the assessor review the evidence gathered?

The assessor evaluates your evidence against the units of competency using the ASQA rules of evidence (Table 1.8-2).  This includes:

  • Current – the evidence must be completed in recent years.  For example in the last couple of years.
  • Authentic – the evidence must be validated as your own.
  • Valid – that you have enough evidence that you have the skills, knowledge and attributes against the unit of competency.
  • Sufficient – there must be enough evidence in quantity and quality and be relevant.

8.Is there a cut-off timeframe for RPL evidence to be considered valid?

Yes, our assessors use the ASQA rules of evidence to determine the authenticity of your evidence which works within a five-year cut-off period.  To ensure that your qualification is current and credible to regulators and employers, evidence of current experience (less than five years old) is important.  This retains the integrity of the qualification as being to the highest standard required to obtain the unit of competency and proves you are up to date on industry practices and regulations.

9.Are RPL units recognised as a similar qualification to other forms of training?

No matter how you achieved your qualification, units of competency are treated in similar standing by the National Skills Framework.

 10.I have started my RPL and realise my evidence is not applicable.  What do I do?

Not a worry, we aim to assist our participants as much as possible in obtaining RPL.  Please contact your assessor as soon as possible to discuss alternative solutions in supplying the correct evidence.

11.Do I need to pay upfront?

Payment is due before issuing of certificates.

12.How much do RPL units costs?

We ask for a small investment fee of $250 per unit for our assessors to evaluate your information.

It is a general requirement that ‘proof of work’ is provided to back up the claims made within this document.  The documentation to include with your RPL submission fall into three categories and include into Mandatory, General and Competency Specific documentation.

1.Mandatory Document;

A statutory declaration attesting to the authenticity of your submitted work.  Southpac will not assess any submitted work until a completed statutory declaration is received.

2.General Documentation;

The following is a list of some documents you can provide as examples of proof of your work:

  • Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Statements of Attainment, qualifications certificates and/or results of assessments
  • Any licenses and/or tickets held
  • Diaries, task sheets and/or logbooks
  • Workplace/site training records and competencies held
  • Job Descriptions
  • Official paperwork
  • Supplementary workplace evidence including 3rd Party Reports, summary of projects undertaken (including your role, project outcomes, verified by your manager)

3.Competency Specific Documentation;

Examples of competency specific documentation can be found at the end of Section 2 of each RPL kit.

Download Southpac’s Statutory Declaration Here

As an RTO, we are responsible under the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 to ensure the authenticity of our student’s assessment work and these will be done in the following ways in relation to Credit transfer and RPL.

Credit Transfer – third-party verification:
Upon application for credit transfer with Southpac, you will be required to provide permission to verify with the issuing RTO the authenticity of all certificates or statements of attainment that you provide to us as evidence.

RPL – Statutory declaration:
All students must provide a statutory declaration attesting to the authenticity of their submitted work. Southpac will not assess any submitted work until a completed statutory declaration is received.

Contact us to enquire about RPL or Credit Transfer.

Ph: +61 (07) 5533 9988
Email: [email protected]

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