What is RPL?

The Institute recognises the skills and knowledge you have gained through previous studies, work and life experiences.

When commencing a course, the Institute can assess your existing skills through a recognition process. This determines if you are already competent in areas of your course.

In assessing this competence, the Institute considers:

You may also have developed valuable skills by working for a community or voluntary organisation or through other life experiences such as hobbies, sport and leisure activities. These may be recognised as meeting some of your course assessment requirements. If you have formal qualifications (TAFE, University or a Registered Training Organisation), containing content that is included in the qualification you want to study, you can apply for recognition.

This document should also be read in conjunction with the Institutes QM.POL.004 Credit pathways policy and QM.PROC.210 Credit pathways procedures.

 Credit pathways policy PDF
Credit pathways procedures PDF
 RPL information kit PDF

How much recognition can I apply for?

You can apply for up to and including 100% of a qualification or a course.

What are the benefits of recognition?

You will be recognised for what you already know, and may complete training in a shorter period or not at all if you have 100% recognition from your skills/experiences. If gap training is also provided as part of the RPL.

The qualification you gain through recognition has the same value as those gained through normal course work at the Australian National Institute for Training and Development.

How do I find out?

When seeking advice about a course ask the course advisor to tell you about the RPL process.

They will give you details of the units of competence and other information that will assist you to make a decision about whether or not to apply for recognition. You can also undertake a self-assessment to help you decide.

How do I complete a self-assessment?

A self-assessment checklist provided by the advisor involves comparing your skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience with the competencies for which you are seeking recognition. The checklist comprises of a series of questions that will help you decide if your skills and experience are a reasonable match with the units of competence.

Making the decision to proceed

Make an appointment with your course advisor to discuss your completed self-assessment checklist. Your advisor will then provide you with information about the types of evidence that you will need to collect and organise for the recognition process. They will also provide you with information about the timeframe and process for the submission and assessment of this evidence.

RPL process

Step 1: Download the RPL information kit and seek advice if necessary
This kit will inform you of the RPL process. Contact the Institute and speak to a course adviser if you need further information.

 RPL information kit

Step 2: Enrolment
When you have decided on RPL, follow the enrolment process as per normal. On the enrolment form, tick the RPL box contained in section F.

 Enrolment form

Step 3: Institute contact
A course advisor will contact you regarding the units of competancy you are seeking to RPL. They will speak to you regarding:

* Information on the RPL process;
* Conduct a self-assessment to see that you are ready for an RPL;
* Gathering evidence against unit of competencies;
* Evidence submission date;
* RPL interview date;

Step 4: Enrolment confirmation and fee payment
A letter of enrolment confirmation will be sent to you within 72 hours of ANITAD receiving your application. The letter of confirmation confirms the course enrolment, fees payable, payment advice, refund policy, course start and limitation date (course finish date), course duration and your student ID number. Any enrolment changes should be reported to the Institute immediately by downloading the Enrolment amendment form from the Institute website.

When you are happy with proceeding with enrolment and the RPL process, proceed to pay fees as per instructions on the letter.

Fees and enrolment status
Unless prior arrangements have been negotiated with the Institute, a student or client is not formally enrolled unless a percentage of course fees are paid prior to commencement. The institute is not obliged to service students or clients under these conditions.

Step 5: Evidence gathering
Gather evidence as discussed with the course adviser using the RPL information kit as a guide. Submit any evidence on the due date as discussed with the course adviser.

Step 6: Attend the RPL Interview
At the RPL interview, a course assessor will discuss and review your evidence with you.

Step 7: RPL conclusion
The RPL assessor will provide an assessment outcome report containing further advice on course progression. If you are successful, the units of competancy where you have applied for RPL will be deemed competant and you will receive credit for them. Gap training is provided for unsuccessful RPL'd units. Remaining units of competancy to gain the qualification must be completed as per normal.

Alternatively, if through the assessment you have shown sufficient evidence that you are competant with all units making the qualification, you will be awarded with the qualification award (testamur) and statement of attainment. Any outstanding fees must be paid for this process to occur.

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