Recognition of Prior Learning

 

RPL allows you to achieve all, or part, of a nationally recognised Qualification by assessing your
relevant experience or prior learning.


Why complete a Qualification via RPL?

RPL allows you to achieve a Qualification faster and is generally more cost effective than a traditional classroom course.

Achieving a Qualification through RPL could empower you to:

Get your trade license.

Get your trade license.

Support your immigration application

Support your immigration application

Receive exemptions from university degrees.

Receive exemptions
from university degrees.

 
Get a promotion and advance your career.

Get a promotion and
advance your career.

Meet your industry regulations

Meet your industry regulations

Move to a new industry.

Move to a new
industry.

 

Why apply for RPL with WFTD?


WFTD's Online RPL Process

  • Select the Qualification you are looking to RPL for.
  • Enrol Online and get access to your RPL kit
  • Fill in the relevant information and upload the required evidences (Examples of RPL evidences).
  • Submit your online application.
  • Your application and evidence are assessed and mapped to the requirements of the Qualification you applied for.
  • The result is sent back to you via email and discussed on call if required.
  • The Qualification is issued to you if we have enough evidence.
  • If gaps are identified, we suggest the gap training that you can do with us to obtain your Qualification.

Frequently Asked Questions

> What is RPL?

RPL allows you to achieve all, or part, of a nationally recognised Qualification by assessing your relevant experience or prior learning. Generally, to complete a Qualification via RPL, you don’t need to leave home or study online.

> Why complete a Qualification via Recognition of Prior Learning?

RPL allows you to achieve a Qualification faster and is generally more cost effective than a traditional classroom course.

Achieving a Qualification through RPL could empower you to:

  • Get your trade licence
  • Move to a new industry
  • Get a promotion and advance your career
  • Meet your industry regulations
  • Support your immigration application
  • Successfully transition from military to civilian career
  • Receive exemptions from university degrees

> What qualifications can be acheived with RPL?

There are hundreds of Qualifications available via RPL. Contact us today on 07 3217 3891 for a no-strings-attached discussion with an RPL Specialist about your options.

> How long does RPL assessment take?

Once the RPL assessment has been completed, the online application will be lodged with the RTO. It then usually takes no more than 2 weeks for the RTO to process the Qualification.

> What makes me eligible for RPL?

To be eligible for RPL, you must have experience in the relevant industry in order to meet the requirements of the Qualification. Minimum experience in the field is two (2) years for non-trade and three (3) years for trade Qualifications.

> Can volunteer work be used as evidence?

Volunteering, work experience and internships can all be used if your experience relates to any of the units contained in the Qualification. Even hobby related activities may be used as evidence if you can provide samples which are relevant.

> How is RPL different to studying a course?

RPL doesn’t require any class-based study to obtain a Nationally Recognised Qualification. It is a verification of your experience, knowledge and skills that have been developed in the workplace throughout your career. You will still be issued with a Qualification, but much faster than completing a course. Plus you are guaranteed to save money as RPL is much cheaper.

> Can I use my current Qualifications for RPL?

If you have completed prior education and have received Qualifications that are recognised in Australia, you could be eligible for Direct Credit Transfer. Many Training Packages include the option of using Units of Competency from other Qualifications to complete RPL.

If you don’t have any prior Qualifications, you will be assessed on your industry skills, knowledge and experience that relates to the Qualification you are seeking.

> What is Direct Credit Transfer?

This is the recognition of any current Australian Qualifications that you have completed. Qualifications that have been attained through previous studies provide important evidence to support your application. When Qualifications are issued by an RTO, they will include an Academic Transcript providing a full listing of all Units of Competency that were successfully completed.

Assessors will review the Units and wherever possible, “credit transfers” will be applied. If you have previously completed units that are included in the Qualification you are seeking via RPL, you will not need to complete these and you will be immediately deemed competent. This ensures that you only have to provide evidence for the remaining units to complete the Qualification.

> Can I use overseas industry experience as evidence?

Many industry skills are universal and interchangeable; if the evidence can be verified as legitimate and valid, it can be used as evidence for RPL. Some Qualifications contain compliance and legislative requirements that are unique to Australia, hence you will need to prove that you have relevant experience in these fields to be eligible for RPL.

Evidence must be in English, or translated, and have a Statutory Declaration that has been sighted and signed by a Justice of the Peace.

> Can I use overseas Qualifications for RPL?

The Direct Credit Transfer process cannot be completed unless you have the Qualifications verified by Australian Education International (AEI). This is the Australian Government organisation that assesses higher education, post-secondary, technical and vocational overseas Qualifications.

The Assessor can take your overseas Qualifications into consideration if they are not assessed by AEI, but you will need to provide a copy of the Academic Transcript with the subjects that were covered during your studies.

You may need to contact the educational institution where you completed the overseas Qualification to obtain this information. When reviewing your evidence, the assessor must be able to verify the subject material covered in the overseas Qualification to evaluate its relevance and validity.

Evidence must be in English, or translated, and have a Statutory Declaration that has been sighted and signed by a Justice of the Peace.

> What if my current or previous employer won't allow me to use work evidence?

It is a requirement for assessors to sight specific work examples to determine Competency, however assessors can take notes of the information to be presented to the RTO, rather than the entire document. Generally, cover pages or content pages will be required to determine applicant authorship. Assessors then make detailed notes on how the document conforms to the Units of Competency for the Qualification.

Additionally, all confidential references can be removed or blacked out. This includes:

  • personal names
  • financial figures and
  • confidential references, etc.

As part of our terms and conditions for RPL, applicants complete a declaration form which states that all information and documentation supplied as evidence is kept strictly confidential. It is only used for the purposes of completing the RPL assessment and for the RTO to review evidence and issue the Qualifications.

We can also sign “Non Disclosure Agreements” if required, to give your employer the confidence that we take Intellectual Property issues seriously and would never cause a business to suffer commercial hardship due to the sharing of confidential data.

> What happens if I don't have enough evidence?

When Applicants are unable to provide enough supporting evidence to verify Competency in all units in the Qualification, they may need to complete some form of “Gap Training”.

> What personal information is required to apply for RPL?

You will be required to provide personal information that can be used for communication and correspondence during the RPL process. This includes name, address, contact details and other specific information used to determine that you are the actual person who is completing the Qualification.

This information is essential as part of the requirements for meeting the Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations 2012.

To determine your identity, you will be required to supply 100 points of ID which can be sent to us via our secure online file-sharing system. This ID will also be provided to the RTO and kept securely in their records database. No personal information will ever be supplied to a third party without your prior consent.