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 Units studied more than a couple of years may have been superseded and may require further evidence of qualification.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
- 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.