Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process used by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) like the CWS Learning Institute to evaluate a person’s skills, knowledge and experience gained in the workplace or through life experience. Evidence is mapped into a current nationally recognised unit of competency or full qualifications.
The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) define RPL as: “Recognition of prior learning is an assessment process that involves assessment of an individual’s relevant prior learning (including formal, informal and non-formal learning) to determine the credit outcomes of an individual application for credit.”
How do new employers understand my previous experience and translate recognisable skills?
What options are available to me?
How much recognition will I get for my skills or knowledge?
RPL is not a short cut to gaining a full qualification.
RPL is a way to formally recognise the knowledge and skills you have gained through employment, community and life experiences as well as formal and informal study. It may provide national recognition of the skills you use in your job role, and validate the learning you have already acquired; it might simply reaffirm the skills you inherently know you hold. The national units of competency and qualifications represent the skills standards for each industry sector.