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Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

You have experience and know-how – get your skills recognised!

You're good at what you do and you've been doing it for years. Whether your experience has been through paid employment or as a volunteer, it’s possible for you to gain a qualification through a process known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Boost your career prospects and earning potential with a nationally accredited qualification through South Regional TAFE.

What is Recognition of Prior Learning?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process that allows a person to receive recognition for the skills and knowledge they have, no matter how and where they were attained. This can include skills and knowledge acquired through training, paid employment, voluntary positions and general life experience.

Applying to obtain nationally recognised qualifications has never been easier and South Regional TAFE is committed to keeping the RPL process simple.

How am I assessed?

There are many forms of assessment, and you can discuss the options available to you with one of our qualified RPL assessors.

The assessment process determines if the outcomes have been achieved to the standard stated in the unit of competency or module.

Credit for successful RPL is the same as that given to an enrolled student and does not discriminate in any way. RPL assessment can result in credit for a unit within a course, or entry to a course. It is based on evidence provided by the applicant.

How much does RPL cost?

RPL is an enrolment process and RPL fees (non-refundable) are required at the time of enrolment. If you enrol for RPL which carries a government subsidy, you will pay fees for each unit of competency in which you enrol.

As of 1 July 2018, RPL costs $65 per unit, up to a maximum of $1000 per candidate per qualification.

If you are a State Government employee, RPL rates are fee-for-service and will be calculated for you when you discuss what qualification or units you will be applying for.

RPL conducted under an indentured contract (Apprenticeship or traineeship) is costed at $65.00 per unit, capped at $1000 per candidate

Class A qualification RPL (under Trade Skills Recognition Policy) is fee-for-service.


Please note, RPL Fees are deregulated and as such no concessional rates apply to this service.

National recognition

South Regional TAFE will recognise all qualifications issued under the Australian Quaification Framework. Your South Regional TAFE qualification will be recognised across Australia.

How to apply

Download the Recognition of Prior Learning Candidate Information and Application Form.


Check out the frequently asked questions about RPL here.


Page last updated January 28, 2020