Recognition of Prior Learning
The ins and outs of RPL
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) recognises that you may have life experiences that may be assessed for credit in your chosen course.
RPL is an assessment process that involves assessing your relevant prior learning which may have been gained through employment, voluntary work, or formal or informal learning experiences.
You will be asked to provide evidence of your life experiences and an assessor will work with you to determine whether it meets the requirements of one or more units of your course. They will advise you as to which units you could apply for RPL and help you to identify evidence to collect.
Timeline of the RPL process
- GOTAFE will aim to complete your RPL process within three months from the initial briefing interview.
- In general, you can expect to be contacted within one week after discussing a possible RPL with the onboarding team.
- You can expect to be contacted by the assessor who will organise the first RPL interview within two weeks.
- You will be given four weeks to gather your evidence portfolio. You may discuss a shorter timeframe with your assessor.
Frequently asked questions
Why apply for RPL?
If you complete units through RPL, you will have more time to concentrate on your other units. Credit may shorten your length of study, so you could finish your course earlier than expected.
How will I know if I should apply for RPL?
The option of applying for RPL will be discussed with you at enrolment time. Together with an assessor’s guidance, you may identify units and suitable evidence to support an RPL application. You can then make a decision as to whether to go ahead with an RPL application.
Is RPL a test?
No. You will be assigned an assessor who will coach you through the process, working closely with you to identify which units you should apply for RPL. They will talk to you about your life experiences and assist you to identify evidence for each unit on your RPL application. You can expect that the assessor will be open and honest with you throughout the process.
Can I appeal if I am not happy with the RPL result?
You may lodge an appeal through the GOTAFE Complaints and Appeals process.
Can I have some information about each of the general types of evidence?
Please refer to the Student Guide to RPL for detailed information on each category of evidence.
What should I write in a resume?
You will prepare a resume as evidence. Put simply, a resume is a record of your work experiences and should include:
- Current job and previous jobs – length of time and dates
- Position description outlining duties and responsibilities for most recent roles
- Training programs provided at your work
- Voluntary work including any positions held e.g. Cricket Club Secretary
- Interests and hobbies
- Name and contact details of past employers or referees
How much does RPL cost?
The fees for RPL are the same as for training and assessment for a unit.
What happens if my RPL application is not successful?
If your application is not successful you may enrol into the unit for training and assessment.