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Recognition of Prior Learning

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.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process that allows a person to potentially 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.

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

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

The outcome 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 a competent outcome for a unit within a course. It is based on evidence provided by the applicant.

RPL requires enrolment into the 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.

Completing the RPL application form, via the URL link that will be emailed to you by the RPL administrator, is the first step in the enrolment process. Upon receipt of this, payment will be required.

Full qualification: $150 application fee plus non-refundable $65 per unit fee up to $1000 per qualification.

Per unit: $65 for one unit, $130 for two units, $150 for more than two units.

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.

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

Talk to the staff at your local campus for details, or email us. Please have a read of the Training Accreditation Council's RPL Factsheet (320 KB) (PDF document) and click here (opens in a new tab) to submit an enquiry, and an RPL administrator will be in contact with you to discuss the next step in the process.

Need to know more? Check out our RPL Guide for Candidates (402 KB) (PDF document) or or visit our RPL Frequently Asked Questions page.