RTOs use Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), a method of assessment that helps to evaluate a person’s skills, knowledge and experience gained through working and learning, in Australia or overseas. RPL can be obtained through life experience (such as caring for an elderly family member), work or other activities such as volunteering. Based on the RPL evaluation, RTOs can provide a credit against units of competency, often shortening the time needed to undertake a qualification.
To receive a qualification through RPL you must undertake a free, no obligation, RPL skills check provided by an experienced Skills Certified representative. To do this, you should compile and submit your ‘Experience Portfolio’ that details out relevant documentation such as photos and videos proving that you have been working in the specified role, references, previous qualifications, current resume etc. The RTO will then employ the services of a qualified assessor to review the evidence and determine if you are competent in the units for that qualification. If you are deemed competent, then the RTO will issue a qualification.