Are you looking to understand the distinction between recognition of prior learning (RPL) and a credit transfer? Let’s delve into the details and shed light on these two pathways for skills recognition, so you can decide which option is most suitable for you.
What is RPL?
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process designed to evaluate an individual's skills and knowledge acquired through formal, non-formal, or informal learning experiences. It involves assessing whether an individual meets the requirements specified in training and courses for formal qualifications. RPL recognises the value of your existing skills and provides a pathway to obtain a formal qualification based on your prior learning.
RPL requires putting together a portfolio of evidence that showcases your skills and experience. This evidence may include qualifications, certificates, work samples, references, or any other relevant documentation. Additionally, you may be required to attend an assessment interview where an assessor asks questions to establish your knowledge and competency in specific areas related to the qualification you seek.
Who Qualifies for an RPL?
RPL is available to individuals who have gained skills and knowledge through various means, such as work experience, previous study, volunteering, or other life experiences. It provides an opportunity for individuals with practical experience to have their skills recognised without the need for unnecessary repetition of learning. If you have relevant experience and can demonstrate the required competency, you may be eligible for an RPL assessment.
How to Get an RPL
Obtaining an RPL involves a simple and straightforward process. Here are the steps:
- Free Skills Assessment: Begin by discussing your goals and aspirations with Skills Certified. Our experienced team will guide you towards the right qualification and provide a clear understanding of the RPL process.
- Portfolio of Evidence: With the assistance of your dedicated consultant, we can help you compile a comprehensive portfolio of evidence. This may include documents such as qualifications, certifications, work samples, references, job descriptions, performance appraisals, or any other relevant evidence that supports your skills and experience.
- Evidence Review: Once your portfolio is complete, our partner Registered Training Organisation (RTO) will assess the evidence provided. They may request additional evidence or clarification on certain aspects to ensure a thorough assessment of your skills.
- Qualification Granted: Upon successful completion of the assessment, you will be granted a formal qualification that is nationally recognised. This qualification is equivalent to completing the qualification through traditional full-time study.
What is a Credit Transfer?
A credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed study or qualifications towards a new course or program. It allows individuals to apply the credits earned for completed units of competency or modules from a previously attained qualification to a new qualification. By granting credits, the institution acknowledges that you have already demonstrated the required knowledge and skills in certain areas.
Does Skills Certified’s partner RTOs Do Credit Transfers?
Skills Certified’s partner RTOscan transfer credits from previous qualifications across to new applications. We can provide guidance and information on the credit transfer process. We work closely with our partner Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) who handle credit transfers. If you are considering a credit transfer, we can direct you to the appropriate institutions that can assist you with the process.
Both RPL and credit transfer offer pathways for skills recognition and can help individuals fast-track their qualification journey. RPL takes in account your prior learning and experience, while credit transfer acknowledges completed study. By understanding the differences between these pathways, you can make an informed decision about the best approach to suit your needs.
Whether you choose RPL or a credit transfer, Skills Certified is here to support you throughout the process.
Contact our expert team today to learn more about your options and get started on your journey towards gaining a formal qualification.