Get recognition for your skills

Recognition of prior learning, also referred to as RPL, is the formal acknowledgement of a person's current skills and knowledge, no matter how, when or where the learning occurred. In short, RPL is about the skills and knowledge you've gained through work and life experiences.

This is an important assessment pathway, particularly for people who are considering doing some study. The recognition gained may considerably reduce the study time needed to get a qualification.

RPL is a process that should take place at the commencement of a person's training, apprenticeship or traineeship and it can take place throughout the training program.

The RPL assessment may include workplace observation, interviews and professional conversations, work samples and documented evidence.


Self-evaluation for Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have workplace skills and recent experience, try the Queensland Government's Department of Education, Training and Employment's self-evaluation for Recognition of Prior Learning, to assist with gaining a formal qualification.


How are my skills assessed?

Your skills will be assessed against industry standards. This is done by an RPL assessor. You may be asked to:

  • perform tasks or jobs;
  • talk about and explain how you do those jobs;
  • provide samples of your work;

A visit to your workplace may be organised so you can demonstrate your abilities. You may have to provide job descriptions, references or performance appraisals. The assessor will consider your skills and knowledge and match them against a suitable qualification.


RPL at Imagine Education Australia

Imagine Education Australia recognises the assessment decisions of, and Statements of Attainment and Qualifications issued by any other RTO.

Direct Credit: Credit may be granted for formal study undertaken in a recognised tertiary institution within Australia, which can ultimately reduce the time needed to complete the course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): RPL involves gaining credit for prior learning and knowledge attained elsewhere, such as in a workplace. This means certain modules may not need to be completed due to your competency, allowing for your prior knowledge and skill level to be formally recognised. This is provided your knowledge and skills are of the same standard as required in your vocational course.

RPL will allow you to: progress through the course at a faster and at a more cost effective rate, and have your prior knowledge and skill level formally recognised


Types of evidence for RPL

Products of your work

  • Samples of work you have completed
  • Work experience/industry placement records
  • Qualifications gained
  • Coaching certificates
  • Senior first aid certificates
  • Magazine or newspaper articles about you
  • Prizes, certificates or other forms of commendation


A Personal Report 

  • The Personal Report is written by you and is a concise description of activities and functions that you have carried out.
  • It should be related to the training program for which you are seeking RPL.
  • The Personal Report can never stand alone as sufficient evidence of competence.


Referee’s Report

  • Letters from others to support your claim - e.g. managers, customers, colleagues, previous employer Reports from a manager who witnessed specific activities undertaken.

A referee's report should include:

  • A company heading
  • The name of the supervisor or manager
  • Period of employment
  • List of competencies developed or tasks undertaken
  • Signature and position of the person verifying the claim


For more information

For further information on the RPL process, please contact us.