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Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is an assessment process to evaluate a person’s skills, knowledge and experience gained through work, life and other experience to meet industry standards. RPL can provide credit towards a nationally recognised Australian qualification and can often shorten the time required to complete a qualification and may not require any additional study.

How can RPL benefit me?

RPL can provide you with the opportunity to gain a full or partial qualification without having to study subjects you already have skills in. This means you can save time and money by completing a qualification in a shorter period of time.

What is the RPL process?



Contact South Metropolitan TAFE's Jobs and Skills Centres on 13 64 64 or email rpl@smtafe.wa.edu.au to discuss your RPL enquiry. You will then be required to complete a pre-assessment checklist (142 KB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab) and provide supporting documentation which will be reviewed by an RPL Assessor.

An RPL assessor will contact you to arrange a pre-RPL interview to discuss your skills and experiences and RPL eligibility. There is a $100 non-refundable fee payable at the time of the interview and you will be required to provide your unique student identifier (USI) at this time. To get a USI visit: www.usi.gov.au

If your RPL application is successful, the RPL assessor will complete an RPL enrolment form with you listing the units you are applying for. Your RPL assessor will advise you whether to enrol in a full qualification or a number of units. Your enrolment form will be processed by our Customer Service Team and you will be required to pay all fees in full. You will then have 6 months to complete your RPL and if you do not complete within this timeframe you will be required to reenrol.

Once your RPL enrolment is processed you will be required to gather evidence which demonstrates your competence in each unit. This may involve observing you in the workplace or in a similar environment, contacting referees or employers to support your claims. 

When you have provided all evidence for assessment, the RPL assessor will advise you if your skills and experience have been recognised towards a full or partial qualification. The RPL assessor will advise you if you are required to do additional gap training to complete the qualification or units you are enrolled in.


Begin your Recognition of Prior Learning journey

For recognition of prior learning advice and help with the next step in your career talk to a Jobs and Skills Centre.

Learn how you can:

  • leverage skills already developed in other study or work you've achieved
  • plan your study pathway
  • apply for Recognition of Prior Learning

For more information please contact your nearest Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64 or email rpl@smtafe.wa.edu.au.