Recognition of Prior Learning & Credit Transfers
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Recognition of Prior Learning, also referred to as RPL, means an assessment process that assesses an individual’s formal, non-formal and informal learning to determine the extent to which that individual has achieved the required learning outcomes, competency outcomes, or standards for entry to, and/or partial or total completion of a VET qualification.
This is an important assessment pathway, particularly for people who are undertaking study as the recognition gained may reduce the study time needed to obtain a qualification.
How does it work?
Your knowledge and skills are assessed against competencies of units in the qualification you want to achieve. The following may also be considered during your assessment:
- your performance in paid and unpaid work experience
- results from formal or informal training and education.
Usually, you will have developed and demonstrated your skills through a combination of your work, learning and life experiences. To have your prior learning recognised, you must be able to show that your skills are still current and meet today’s industry standards.
You will need to produce recent evidence of your skills and knowledge.
You will also need to provide contact details of people who can confirm your abilities. These people might be supervisors or others in your community who have seen your skills in action.
How do I apply for RPL?
The possibility of RPL will be discussed in your pre-enrolment interview. After you have enrolled in your course, you can book an RPL interview with your trainer. In this interview, your trainer will go over the RPL requirements and procedure.
A credit transfer is the recognition of equivalence between a previously obtained unit of competency and a unit that you are wishing to obtain. This means you if you have obtained a unit you do not need to study the unit again.
AIBA accepts and provides credit to students for units of competency which are evidenced by directly accessing the student’s USI transcript, or certification documentation issued by an RTO or at any other authorised issuing organisation, such as a university or school.
With student authorisation, AIBA will authenticate a qualification, statement of attainment or record of results by contacting the organisation that issued the document and confirming validity.
AIBA will complete an analysis to determine the equivalence of the study completed previously before granting any credit.
The possibility of a credit transfer will be discussed in your pre-enrolment interview.
You may apply for a credit transfer after you have purchased and enrolled in your course.