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So, you’re starting to understand the RPL process and wondering whether it can benefit your career? If you’ve started researching the process, you’re likely aware that you’ll need to provide a range of evidence that shows your competency in the areas you’re looking to get qualified.

Your portfolio of evidence will be provided to the relevant partner RTO that’s assessing your competency and issuing the qualification.

The Skills Certified Australia team will guide you in creating your portfolio, however it’s beneficial to get an idea of what you’ll need to provide so you can start to prepare yourself. The below guide will go into detail about the types of evidence you may need to provide.

Type of evidence


You’ll need to provide 100 points of ID. This can include your passport, drivers licence or any form of photo, utility bills, bank card, Medicare card and birth certificate. Your Skills Certified Australia consultant will ensure you meet the 100 points.


You should include an up to date resume that lists all of your recent work experience and responsibilities, as well as your relevant skills and qualifications.

If you need help crafting a resume, you can learn more about what to include here.

Payslips, contracts or your ABN

If you’re self-employed, you’ll need to provide details of your business including your ABN and any contracts or payslips issued. 

Samples of work

Samples will be specific to your field of work and can include sketches, plans, quotes, tender documents and invoices. These samples should show evidence of the skills you’re claiming to have developed through your work.

Letter of employment or current contracts

You can include a job offer or contract that outlines the details of your current or future role.

Letters of reference

A letter of reference can be issued by a supervisor, manager or coworker. It should provide an authentic description of your skills and experience. You can learn more about selecting references here.

Visual evidence of your work

This can include videos or photos of you at work where you’re performing or completing a skill that’s required to achieve the qualification you’re seeking.

Transcripts or assessments

This covers any academic transcripts awarded for pervious qualifications, or any records or results from other relevant assessments.

Apprenticeships papers

If you’re currently undertaking or have recently completed an apprenticeship, you’ll be required to include all relevant paperwork. 

Evidence of overseas qualifications

If you have a qualification(s), and some or all of it was completed overseas, you’ll need to provide evidence of your learning.

No two portfolios look the same, so it’s important to closely consider your own experience and how it relates to the qualification you’re seeking. We go into more detail about what you can use as evidence for RPL here.

Additional things to consider

Every learning experience included in your RPL portfolio needs to be supported by evidence that proves you’ve applied this knowledge or skill in the workplace. When considering what to include in your portfolio, there are a few points to remember:

  • Ensure your evidence is current and no more than 5 years old
  • Only submit authentic evidence that shows your own work
  • Ensure your evidence is relevant to the subject area and qualification you’re seeking through RPL

Read through our guide to creating your portfolio for more details on how to organise your materials and customise your portfolio.

Your Skills Certified Australia Consultant will work with you to specify the types of evidence you’ll need to provide to support your application. If you’re interested in getting started on the RPL process, get in touch with us. Or, take our free 60 second skills check to see if you’re eligbile.


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