Turn Your Experience into a Qualification

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Turn Your Experience
into a Qualification

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is undertaken through a streamlined assessment process that takes a practical approach maximizing the use of on-site questioning and observation. Assessments are conducted this way to assist assessors in obtaining a full picture of the candidate’s skills and knowledge. This can then be compared with industry standards enabling a determination of whether the candidate has achieved the required outcomes.

The main purpose of RPL is to use existing skills, knowledge and experience to gain a nationally recognised qualification.

RPL is a form of assessment that acknowledges skills and knowledge gained through:

  • Formal training conducted by industry or education
  • Work Experience
  • Life experience

Benefits of RPL

Gaining a formal qualification through RPL can further your career and lifestyle.

Receive a nationally recognised qualification

Save Time

Boost career and education opportunities

Possible university course credit exemptions

The RPL Process

There are two pathways to achieve a qualification through the RPL process.

The Training and Assessment Pathway is the traditional classroom mode, where we have identified that you still have some skills gaps, so we are committed to working with you to close those gaps and see you attain the qualification as soon as possible.

The Assessment Only Pathway reviews your existing skills to get you on a training path to have your current skills recognised through the stages of RPL.

Pre-Enrolment Eligibility Assessment

Government Funding Eligible

Fee-For-Service RPL Option

Successful Enrolment

Assessment Only Pathway though Recognition of Prior Learning

Training and Assessment Pathway

Appointment with the Trainer

Stage 1 of RPL

  • Candidate self-evaluation
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Employer verification
  • Employer testimonial

Stage 2 of RPL

  • Competency conversation
  • Practical tasks & observations
  • RPL summary & record of competence

Training Undertaken

Assessment Undertaken and Completed

Successful Completion

Student to Complete
Training & Employment Survey AQTF Learner Questionnaire

Issuance of Qualification
Upon Successful Completion

Frequently Asked Questions

Anyone. If you have been working within a relevant industry and have the skills and knowledge required to earn a formal qualication. Or if you are looking to update your previous outdated industry qualification.

RPL is only quicker if you already have the skills and knowledge needed to complete the unit. If you don’t already have these skills and knowledge, you may find it will take you longer to complete the unit through RPL as you will need to research and investigate the information you need.

Yes, since you are only being assessed for your skills and knowledge, you are not paying for training costs.

There is a fee-for-service option for students that are not eligible for subsidies, government loans or where no subsidies are available. The total fee for the course varies depending on the number of units of study the student is eligible for through RPL. Queensford College will charge the student for the enrolment application and training product as per the nominated fee schedules in the student handbook, which is available under:  


Your skills will be assessed against industry standards by an RPL assessor. The assessor will consider your skills and knowledge and match them against a suitable qualification. You may be asked about how you perform tasks or jobs, explain how you do those jobs, and provide evidence of your work. A visit to your workplace may be organised so you can demonstrate your abilities and enable the assessor to see you fulfilling the requirements of the unit to assess your competency. Additionally, a supervisor at your workplace is required to willing to sign you off on the competencies.

Initially, the Queensford College trainer will identify units you could complete as RPL though discussing your current skills and abilities. Where RPL is indicated, you will be issued an RPL Assessment for the unit. This will supports you to demonstrate your skills and knowledge against unit criteria though a formal assessment process.

Each RPL assessment process is different as it is customised to the individuals work experience, history and evidence of knowledge and skills.

Credit transfer recognises previously completed formal training and/or qualifications that directly match a subject or unit of competency. An assessment is used to determine whether your previous course can be credited to your new course and the extent to which it is equivalent to the required learning outcomes of your desired qualification.

Credit Transfer is only awarded to units of competency that have been deemed by the Training Package as having ‘equivalent competency outcomes’. During the process you will be asked if you hold any qualifications. If you do have any relevant/current qualifications then this may be used to form your portfolio of evidence.

Any credit transfers are free of charge.

Higher Level Skills Program

Funded by the Queensland Government Department of Employment, Small Business and Training the Higher Level Skills program aims to assist individuals to gain the higher-level skills required to secure employment or career advancement in a priority industry, or to transition to university to further their studies.

As a condition of the student’s enrolment, they will be required to complete a student training and employment survey within three months of finishing or discontinuing their training.

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