Recognition of prior learning, also referred to as RPL, is the formal acknowledgement of a person's current skills and knowledge, no matter how, when or where the learning occurred. In short, RPL is about the skills and knowledge you've gained through work and life experiences.

This is an important assessment pathway, particularly for people who are considering doing some study. The recognition gained may considerably reduce the study time needed to get a qualification.

RPL is a process that should take place at the commencement of a person's training, apprenticeship or traineeship and it can take place throughout the training program.

The RPL assessment may include workplace observation, interviews and professional conversations, work samples and documented evidence.


Self-evaluation for Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have workplace skills and recent experience, try the Queensland Government's Department of Employment, Small Business and Training's self-evaluation for Recognition of Prior Learning, to assist with gaining a formal qualification.


How are my skills assessed?

Your skills will be assessed against industry standards. This is done by an RPL assessor. You may be asked to:

  • perform tasks or jobs;
  • talk about and explain how you do those jobs;
  • provide samples of your work;

A visit to your workplace may be organised so you can demonstrate your abilities. You may have to provide job descriptions, references or performance appraisals. The assessor will consider your skills and knowledge and match them against a suitable qualification.


For more information

For further information on the RPL process, please contact us.