System – Recognition of Prior Learning

The main principle of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) system focuses on the outcomes rather than how, when or where the learning occurred. It gives you credit for skills and knowledge acquired at school, at work and at home, or through clubs, hobbies and other activities.

Through the RPL assessment, assessment could demonstrate that his/her working experience or prior knowledge has reached the level under qualification framework which is equivalent to a certain relevant academic level and can excel well in his/her career.

The Institute facilitates the progression of students through qualifications by giving credit for learning outcomes they already have achieved. Credit outcomes may allow for entry into a qualification and/or provide credit towards the qualification. Credit given may reduce the time required for a student to achieve the qualification.

This is underpinned by the Institute’s definition of credit as follows:

Credit is the value assigned for the recognition of equivalence in content and learning outcomes between different types of learning and/or qualifications. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to achieve a qualification and may be through credit transfer, articulation, recognition of prior learning or advanced standing.

Why RPL is Important?

RPL is important in many ways:

  • It means that your previous work experience, knowledge and skills are formally recognized
  • It prevents you having to undergo training or instruction in areas that you are already familiar with or competent in
  • It can reduce the amount of time it takes you to secure a full qualification.