About Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


RPL is the recognition of prior learning. It is an opportunity to have your skills recognised for what they are, formally, no matter how, when or where the learning has occurred. RPL identifies knowledge and skills you have already gained in the workplace.

We at AHSR are committed to giving you the right qualifications commensurate with your skills.

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) “supports the development and maintenance or pathways which provide access to qualifications and assist people to move easily and readily between different education and training sectors and between those sectors and the labour market”. (AQF Objectives 2nd edition January 2013)

The RPL process reviews learning that may have acquired through a variety of life experiences including through formal or informal training, work experience (paid and unpaid) or through voluntary work.

In assessing a candidate’s ability, portfolios of evidence can include; prior qualifications, resumes, references, position descriptions, work examples, photographs/videos, practical/workplace observation, skills tests and assignments and a competency conversation.

Benefits of RPL

• recognizes and validates learning in the workplace
• can be achieved whether you live and work inside or outside Australia
• can reduce the time necessary to achieve a qualification
• identifies areas requiring further study
• eliminates duplication of learning
• can provide pathways to further study including higher education