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Recognition of Prior Learning

What is RPL?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) recognises prior knowledge, skills and experience and measures it against the unit of competency in which an RPL applicant is enrolled.

RPL is the acknowledgement of skills and knowledge obtained through prior formal learning as well as learning achieved outside the formal education and training system. It may include work and life experience including paid work or unpaid volunteer work skills attained through community leisure pursuits, ‘hands on’ practical skills or natural talent or aptitude all previously unrecognised.

What To Expect During The Rpl Process

In order to have your skills formally recognised in a National System, assessors must make sure you have the skills and knowledge to the standard required by the industry. This means you must be involved in a careful and comprehensive process that addresses in detail the content of all of the units of competency within the qualification you are applying to have recognised.

You will be required to complete the RPL Kit, providing as much evidence for each unit of competency as possible to support a competent outcome. More evidence

is better than not enough evidenceYour skills and experience from the past five (5) years are the most important, with a particular emphasis on the previous two (2) years to demonstrate that you have currency in the nominated industry.

The assessor may verify evidence submitted to ensure its validity by contacting employers, referees, or other training organisations during the assessment period. Additionally, you might expect to have a competency conversation with your assessor or undertake some ‘gap’ training.


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) acknowledges previous experience, extensive skills and previously completed qualifications against the training package requirements of the qualification being undertaken.

All RPL enabled course assessment is determined by our Industry Expert Trainers and Assessors.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) means an assessment process that assesses the competency/s of an individual that may have been acquired through formal, non-formal and informal learning to determine where the candidate meets the requirements specified in the training package or VET accredited courses.

1. Formal learning refers to learning that takes place through a structured program of instruction and is linked to the attainment of an AQF qualification or statement of attainment e.g. A certificate, diploma or university degree;
2. Non-formal learning refers to learning that takes place through a structured program of instruction, but does not lead to the attainment of an AQF qualification or Statement of Attainment e.g. in-house professional development programs conducted by a business;
3. Informal learning refers to learning that results through experience of work-related, social, family, hobby or leisure activities e.g. interpersonal skills such as communication and leadership developed through several years as a Team Leader.

Any candidate can apply for RPL, which assesses your current and previous experience against the requirements of a training qualification. Not all candidates will be suitable to complete an entire qualification via the RPL pathway; in this instance, gap training or blended learning may be an alternative option to complete the chosen qualification. This will be discussed at the enrolment stage (or an initial conversation) to determine candidates goals, current qualifications and suitable ‘fit’ for RPL.

All qualifications offered by MINRES Training Institute can be completed via RPL.

Depending on the qualification you have chosen, you will be required to provide a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) against the training package requirements. This PoE meets both the training package requirements and the Principals of Assessment and Rules of Evidence guidelines. Your Trainer and Assessor will be able to provide you with further information. All candidates will supply foundational documents including:
1. A current resume;
2. A job or position description;
3. Any previously completed qualifications, Statements of Attainment, training and assessment completed to a Nationally Recognised Standard

The Principal of Assessment are applied to all RPL pathways and are determined by the Australian Quality Skills Authority (ASQA) coupled with the Rules of Evidence. RPL pathway assessments put simply, are assessment and competence determined by our Industry Expert Trainers and Assessors. They will review all your evidence supplied for validity, sufficiency, authenticity and currency. This evidence will include your work experience, competence in industry and previous qualifications against your chosen qualification sought to complete.

You can contact one of our friendly team members by:
Website: completing the Contact Us form
Phone: 1800 MINRES (1800 646 737)
Email: admin@minres.com.au

You can ENROL online via our website.

Step 1: Select Enrol Online at the top of our website.

Step 2: Select the qualification/short course/workshop that you would like to enrol in.

Step 3: At the bottom of the Course Page, select the Date/Location that best suits you.

Step 4: Complete the online enrolment form.

You can complete the Contact Form on our website and one of our expert team members will be in touch shortly.

You can alternatively call us directly on 1800 MINRES (646 737) or email admin@minres.com.au

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