Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Did you know that your current skills, knowledge and experience can help you get a qualification?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process which evaluates your existing skills, knowledge and experience against recognised qualifications.

You could be granted a full or part qualification, saving you valuable time and money.

Are you eligible?

The process could suit you if you have:

  • Paid or unpaid work experience
  • Prior formal training
  • Skills and knowledge gained on the job
  • Community work experience
  • Short course and work-based learning
  • Trade skills
  • Other life experience

Your experience counts!

Benefits for you

  • Access to a formal qualification faster
  • More time to acquire new skills and knowledge
  • Enhance your career prospects

What evidence do you need to supply?

Your CAC RPL assessor will discuss with you the most appropriate evidence you can provide to support your application, this may include:

  • Work appraisals
  • Job descriptions
  • Photos or actual work samples
  • Relevant formal qualifications
  • Resume and references
  • In-house training certificates
  • Eye witness testimonies
  • Observation at your workplace or a simulated workplace
  • Informal RPL interviews


Step 1. Book an appointment with the RPL assessor.
Step 2. Meet with the assessor to discuss what process and evidence will best support your application.
Step 3.Gather evidence to support your application. Your RPL assessor will support you via email or phone as required.
Step 4.Meet again with your RPL assessor they can work through your evidence with you.
Step 5.Your assessor will make a decision on your application and will advise you of the outcome.


Successful application


Perhaps further evidence required or gap training.