Recognition of Prior Learning

Do you have skills and knowledge that you’ve already developed? Perhaps through;

  • previous training,
  • work experience,
  • or volunteer or community work.

These skills and knowledge you already have can be recognised. Towards an accredited qualification. Providing you with more career opportunities and earning potential.


What is RPL and how does it work?

RPL stands for recognition of prior learning. It is one of the ways that we can assess your competency in a unit or qualification. It is an alternative to coursework or class attendance. If you have existing skills or knowledge RPL can help reduce coursework required to complete a qualification.

We match your existing skills and knowledge against our courses. We determine what learning, skills and knowledge you are able to demonstrate towards the unit or qualification you’d like to complete. Then we assess  your competence using the evidence you provide. Where the evidence proves your competence it reduces or eliminates the need for coursework. And enables you to complete your course quicker. A qualification can be completed without having to undertake any additional training. This is called fast tracking. If any gaps are determined we provide targeted training. So students only do what they need to.


How to get RPL?

Meet with Trainer Assessor

You meet with an expert AVTES Trainer Assessor to discuss your existing skills and knowledge. Together, you determine which units within a qualification your skills and knowledge match up with. Then work through the checklist provided to identify what you need to demonstrate to achieve the RPL.

RPL Evidence Portfolio

You will then be provided with an RPL toolkit. The toolkit outlines the evidence you need to provide to prove your skills and knowledge. You submit your RPL toolkit to your Trainer Assessor. Some examples of evidence that can support the process include:

  • CV, Resume or work history
  • certificates/results of assessment
  • diaries
  • industry awards
  • licenses
  • log books
  • membership of relevant professional associations
  • pay slips
  • performance appraisals
  • photographs of work undertaken
  • references/letters/third party verification reports from previous employers/supervisors
  • site training records
  • work examples or projects
  • tickets held eg forklift, crane etc.

RPL Interview

You meet with assessor to discuss your RPL evidence portfoilo. Your Trainer Assessor will identify whether there is sufficient evidence to determine competency for the individual units or qualification. You will require gap training if your Trainer Assessor determines there is a skill gap of more than 10%. If your Trainer Assessor determines there is a skill gap of less than 10% you will progress to the next stage.

Demonstration/Observation of Practical Tasks

Your Trainer Assessor may come and observe you at work. In your workplace or in a simulated environment. It is not mandatory for all candidates to do a practical assessment. You may provide sufficient evidence to be deemed competent through the RPL evidence portfolio, RPL interview and third party report/s.

Supporting Evidence/Third Party Report

Your Trainer Assessor will talk you your employer or supervisor (as nominated by you). To discuss your work and verify your skills and knowledge.

RPL Result

You are awarded a result of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) upon satisfactory completion of all assessment tasks. Unsatisfactory completion requires consultation with your Trainer Assessor to discuss the best approach for successful completion.

Alternate Assessment

If you do not complete all your assessment tasks satisfactorily, your Trainer Assessor will work with you to provide alternate assessment of the unit or qualification.



Candidates may apply for the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) on one unit of competency or the whole qualification. The fees for the RPL process are an hourly amount multiplied by the amount of Nominal Hours per unit.  Upon completion of the Candidate Information Form and the Candidate Self Assessment process your trainer/assessor will be able to provide a cost to complete the RPL process.