Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) / Recognition of Current Competence (RCC) refers to courses or subjects taken at other institutions that have equivalence to similar study programs. This means that once RPL is granted, you are not required to study those modules or units.
This should be considered prior to commencement to ensure your learning program is customised to suit your individual needs. However, RPL can be applied for at any time during your study program. RPL is generally assessed in two methods:
If you have studied the exact same competency within the same current training package with another RTO you can supply your academic transcript or statement of attainment and be granted mutual recognition and not have to complete that subject again.
Any students who have completed an older training package should apply for RPL and provide support evidence of any gaps, ongoing professional development, and/or experience in the industry.
There are many methods available to assess your competence through an application for RPL. The following are some examples:
- You have studied the same competency or equivalent in an older training package and have supporting evidence of currency through on job learning and participation (written evidence must be provided).
- You have studied something similar with another course and think it may be relevant. (provide copies of certificates and transcripts of the subjects studied through the other course undertaken and an outline of what was studied there.
- You have worked within the industry for many years and have examples of projects, work outcomes, supervisor reports, detailed resumes and references and other studies undertaken.
The assessment standard for RPL is:
- equivalency in level, content and rigour (the units are as demanding as the ACAPMA training)
- previous studies must be less than 3 years old
- previous studies are equivalent to the ACAPMA units and are approved for your qualification.