Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

What is RPL?

RPL or Recognition of Prior Learning can be used for you to demonstrate your competency against a vocational qualification. You can demonstrate your RPL by showing that you have completed a previous related training course, have work or life experience related to the qualification, or have part-completion of a similar qualification.

We offer RPL assessment for the following qualifications:

How do I demonstrate my RPL?

For IM to recognise your RPL you need to collate evidence of your prior learning and prior experience. This evidence can include documents from the work environment, certificates of your achievement towards a similar qualification, third party references and your resume.

RPL assessment process

From our experience, we have found the best way for you to demonstrate your RPL is through close contact with our assessor. We offer a coaching model to allow you to ask questions and seek advice as to the most efficient pathway for you to have your RPL assessed. The coaching model offers flexibility as contact can be through face-to-face meetings, via video conference or via phone and email. This will be agreed between you and the assessor.

3 steps to RPL assessment

  1. Once you have applied for RPL assessment towards a qualification, one of our assessors will contact you to arrange an initial briefing. This briefing will provide you with more detail on the process and how you can demonstrate your competency against each of the performance criteria for the qualification. You will then start to collate your evidence portfolio.
  2. Once you are approximately 50% through the collation of your evidence you will have a coaching session with your assessor. At this session you can ask questions as to the suitability of your evidence, and the assessor will help you to identify any gaps in your evidence and propose options to close these gaps.
  3. Once you have completed your portfolio of evidence you are ready for the final assessment. You will be assessed by your assessor.

How do I apply for RPL?

If you think that you have sufficient evidence to demonstrate your RPL towards a qualification, then you can apply for RPL assessment.

How long will it take?

After your application for RPL you have a maximum of 12 months to complete your assessment. The minimum duration can be as short as a week but is wholly dependent upon the amount of time you take to prepare your portfolio of evidence. Typically candidates take between 2 to 3 months.

Cost

The cost for an RPL assessment for any one of the following qualification levels is $1750 (GST free)

  • Certificate IV
  • Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma

Terms and Conditions of RPL assessment

  1. Candidates have a maximum of 12 months to complete their assessment from the date of application
  2. 5 calendar days are required for changes to arranged meetings with the assessor. Failure to adhere to this will mean that meetings are forfeited and additional costs will apply.
  3. Failure to attend meetings with the assessor including coaching sessions and assessments will result in a forfeit. Additional costs will apply to re-schedule these meetings
  4. Candidates not achieving competence at the final assessment will incur additional costs for re-assessment. Your assessor will advise you of the nature of these costs as they are dependent on the assessment outcomes.
  5. Dates and times of meetings with the assessor will be agreed on an individual basis at the time of application for the assessment. Fees are based on meetings within a major capital city or via video conference, email and telephone.
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