​Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Self-evaluation for recognition of prior learning
Try this free self-evaluation if you have previous work experience or skills that might help you to fast-track completion of a nationally recognised qualification. You can download and print the results of your evaluation.

Recognition of prior learning, also referred to as RPL, is the formal acknowledgement of a person's current skills and knowledge no matter how, when or where the learning occurred.

This is an important assessment pathway, particularly for people who are considering doing study. The recognition gained may considerably reduce the study time needed to get a qualification.

RPL is a process that should take place at the commencement of a person's training, apprenticeship or traineeship and it can take place throughout the training program.

The RPL assessment may include workplace observation, interviews and professional conversations, work samples and documented evidence.

Learn more about RPL
Read more about recognition of prior learning on the Queensland Government website.

Credit transfer

Credit transfer recognises previous formal learning (e.g. university, other qualifications). It uses an assessment of a previous course or subject that an applicant has achieved to determine whether it can be credited to the new course in which the applicant wishes to enrol.

The assessment determines the extent to which your previous course or subject is equivalent to the required learning outcomes of the desired qualification.

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Last updated
14 March 2016