RPL for Defence

Recognition of experience and skills

Recognition of Prior Learning
(RPL) for Defence personnel and Veterans

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 national units of competency and qualifications represent the skills standards for each industry sector and help people find new careers in the private sector or government. 

We can help you answer important questions such as

How will my service skills transfer to civilian life?

How do new employers understand my experience and translate to the outside world?

What options are available to me?

Steps for RPL


You will need to show one of our assessors, by providing appropriate evidence, that you have the required skills and industry knowledge to be formally recognised for a national qualification.  We are here to help step you through the preparation and process.  This will ensure we fully understand your background and avoid over or under training.  

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Take the time to speak with an assessor about what qualifications you want to apply for and career options.  To make sure your service history is translated into the right set of matching qualifications, CWS will support you through the application process.  We will then match the evidence supplied to the qualifications.

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When you submit your application we will review the response.  If you meet the standards, you could be awarded a nationally recognised qualification, or you may be required to complete some gap training.  This process is always unique to the individual and the skill you use in the workplace.

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While shorter than taking a full course

RPL is not a short cut to gaining a qualification.  Skills learned from serving in the Army, Navy or Air Force can be assessed so you don’t have to sit in a classroom and learn things you already know.  

RPL is a way to formally recognise the knowledge and skills you have gained through service, 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.

Want to learn more?

Speak with us today and we can help you with the process and get you to where you want to be.