What is Recognition of Prior Learning?

RPL is a process that assesses your competency—acquired through formal and informal learning—to determine if you meet the requirements for a unit of study.

If you’ve completed a unit of competency in a particular area, worked in a position that’s enabled you to undertake industry relevant tasks, or simply been trained in-house through your organisation you may be eligible to apply for RPL for a unit of competency, skill set or qualification.

Although it is not necessarily a quick or simple process, AVELING aims to provide you with a more flexible way of having your abilities, skills and knowledge assessed against the competencies stipulated in nationally recognised units of competency or qualifications.

What can you RPL for?

You can achieve units of competency or qualifications listed under AVELING’s ‘scope of registration’ (RTO No: 50503).

Recognition of Qualifications from other RTO’S

Under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), AVELING recognises and accepts any Statements of Attainment and Qualifications issued by any other Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

AVELING is not obliged to issue a qualification or individual statement of attainment that is achieved wholly through recognition of units and/or modules completed at another RTO or RTOs.

For superseded units of competency that have not been deemed equivalent by the relevant training package or AVELING, a gap assessment will be created. This process will include awarding partial credit for the superseded unit components that have been determined as equivalent, along with assessing the completed gap assessment to determine a final outcome of RPL.

How much does it cost?

The fee structure will depend on how many units of competency you want to complete via RPL. The fees are listed in each RPL Application Kit.

Please note, payment is only required after you submit a completed RPL Application Kit with documentary evidence. After your RPL Application Kit has been submitted for assessment, AVELING will contact you for payment details.

How are you assessed?

The Assessor will use the following decision making rules when reviewing your submission of evidence:

  • relevant industry Training Package criteria
  • the unit of competency or qualification requirements, and
  • the rules of evidence, which are:
Currency Your evidence should be relatively recent, within the last 12 months to 2 years.
Authenticity The documents you submit should verify that you developed the evidence and/or your part of a team contribution. AVELING will contact third parties nominated by the candidate to verify evidence submitted.
Sufficiency There should be enough evidence to demonstrate to the Assessor the quality, quantity and relevance of your evidence enables a judgement of competency to be made.
Validity The assessor is assured that you have the skills, knowledge and abilities as described in the unit of competency and associated assessment requirements.

What should I do next?

At this stage, you need to consider how your skills, abilities and knowledge relate to the unit or units of competency for which you want to apply for RPL. You can access the relevant units of competency or download them from www.training.gov.au

If you believe you have the skills and knowledge required and can provide evidence to support a submission, please contact AVELING on (08) 9379 9999 or email: compliance@aveling.com.au.

An AVELING team member will contact you to ask some questions about your current role and responsibilities. If, after the discussion your decision is to proceed you will be sent an RPL Application Kit for the unit or units of competency you wish to apply for. The RPL Application Kit includes a self-assessment, enrolment form, examples of workplace documents to support your application, questions to check your underpinning knowledge, a Third Party Report and declaration sign off.

The AVELING RPL process is outlined below:

1.       A candidate requests RPL and AVELING responds.
2.       Candidate conducts a self-assessment, contacts AVELING for guidance if required and proceeds with RPL.
3.       Candidate collates documents to meet the criteria, submits for assessment and pays the RPL fee.
4.       Assessor reviews the submission and if required conducts a competency conversation.
5.       AVELING notifies the candidate of the outcome, provides feedback and if required requests additional evidence.
6.       AVELING records the result and if competent, issues the qualification or statement of attainment.