Skills recognition

Your existing skills, knowledge and experience can help you get a recognised qualification, through an assessment process called Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). You could be granted a full or part qualification, saving you valuable time and money, while enhancing your career prospects.

The process could suit you if you have:

  • paid or unpaid work experience
  • prior formal training
  • skills and knowledge gained on the job
  • community work experience
  • short course and work-based learning
  • trade skills
  • other life experience.

Evidence you might need to supply

Your RPL assessor will discuss with you the most appropriate evidence you can provide to support your application, this may include:

  • work appraisals
  • job descriptions
  • photos or actual work samples
  • relevant formal qualifications
  • resume and references
  • in-house training certificates
  • eye witness testimonies
  • observation at your workplace or a simulated workplace
  • informal RPL interviews.
 

Costs

Costs are significantly reduced if you apply for RPL before you start your course!

Applications for RPL which are processed up-front, prior to commencement of a course, are eligible for a tuition discount.

For government-subsidised or full fee-paying students, the units/modules you are applying for RPL in will be charged at 50 per cent of the normal tuition rate. Please note there is no charge for the assessment of RPL for higher education courses.

For government-subsidised students eligible for concession that are studying an online course only, the modules for which you receive RPL will be charged at 10 per cent of the normal tuition fee for those modules.

If further RPL is processed/applied for after the commencement of class-based units, normal tuition fee will apply.

RPL units do not incur the Student Services and Amenities or the Ancillary fees.

The RPL process for on-campus students

Step one: Book an appointment with the RPL assessor within the department you are seeking RPL.

Step two: Meet with the assessor to discuss what process and evidence will best support your application.

Step three: Gather evidence to support your application. Your RPL assessor will support you via email or phone as required.

Step four: Meet again with your RPL assessor they can work through your evidence with you.

Step five: Your assessor will make a decision on your application and will advise you of the outcome.

The RPL process for online students

Register your interest in RPL or credit transfer by completing the relevant section in the online application. Alternatively, call Chisholm Online on 1300 275 265.