Recognition of Prior Learning
Skills Recognition means you do not have to undertake training in areas where you can prove you already have the skills or equivalent training. This may mean a reduction in both time and costs to complete your qualification. Skills Recognition can take place through Credit Transfer (CT) or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
What is credit transfer
Credit Transfer (CT) recognises equivalent formal study that you have completed through a school, TAFE, university or other training organisation. No extra training or assessment is required. To apply for CT you will need to provide certified true copies of any supporting documentation, for example, statements of attainment (not required if those units were studied at RMT).
What is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
RPL recognises any prior knowledge and skills gained through work and life experience and measures it against units in a specific qualification. You may not need to complete all of a training program if you already possess and can demonstrate, the skills and knowledge required? These will be assessed against units in a qualification. RPL has many benefits:
- students can finish their courses earlier
- study loads and costs are reduced
- the student can take on additional study leading to further qualifications
- by identifying existing skills, RPL can effectively target gap training requirements
The RPL process…
- An initial meeting with your assessor so you have the opportunity to ‘tell your story’.
- A plan will be determined on how best to proceed with the skills recognition application. What will be RPL, what will be Credit Transfer and what gap training is required.
- Complete RPL application, Credit Transfer application and enrolment forms as required.
- Gather together appropriate evidence.
- Generate further evidence with your assessor.
- The evidence will be assessed by your assessor and a result determined.
- The assessor gives you the outcome of your RPL application, including units where you have successfully gained RPL as well as units where you have been unsuccessful in gaining RPL.
- If gaps in your skills are identified, a training plan is developed. The plan may recommend further evidence for the RPL, and may also include a training and assessment pathway.
- RMT is committed to providing a cost effective recognition service. The RPL fee is set by each department for more information contact your assessor.
- If you do not agree with the result of your application, you should discuss this with the assessor. If a resolution cannot be reached, you will be referred to RMT’s student grievance/appeals procedure.