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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Fact Sheet
Do you already have previous knowledge and experience?
National College Australia (NCA) will recognise prior knowledge / qualifications and experience under our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT) policies. The recognition process can give you exemption for part or all of a qualification.
What is Recognition of Prior Learning?
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that acknowledges a learner’s existing skills, knowledge, and experience to determine if they meet the requirements for a Unit of Competency. A range of evidence is required to support the RPL assessment process and if that evidence clearly demonstrates competency for the unit, RPL is granted and no further learning and assessment is required.
This is different to a Credit Transfer which is where the learner holds the exact same, or equivalent, Unit of Competency from previous training so therefore does not need to complete it again.
What types of evidence is required?
You need to be able to clearly show that you have the equivalent skills and knowledge gained through previous studies and experience gained through formal or informal work. The types of evidence required depend on the qualification but typically you will need to submit a resume, position description, manager references / reports, educational transcripts, documentation of relevant work tasks (meeting minutes, support plans, client care, etc…) and any other evidence that supports the application for RPL.
Why apply for RPL?
Studying is a major commitment so having existing skills and knowledge recognised can help reduce your study load and get you to complete a qualification in a shorter time.
Speak to your course advisor to discuss the process after enrolment and the course fees. The first step will be to understand the qualification you are undertaking and the units of competency to be completed. From there you can consider your skills and experience and whether you have evidence to put forward for each Unit of Competency.
If you’re not sure and you’d like some more information about our recognition processes, get in touch.
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