RPL Kits

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is defined by Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) as:

‘an assessment process that involves assessment of an individual’s relevant prior learning (including formal, informal and non-formal learning) to determine the credit outcomes of an individual application for credit.


Credit is defined as:

‘the value assigned for the recognition of equivalence in content and learning outcomes between different types of learning and/or qualifications. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to achieve a qualification and may be through credit transfer, articulation, recognition of prior learning or advanced standing’


It is the responsibility of the individual RTO to offer RPL assessment to students. The organisation’s RPL policies and practices must ensure that granting RPL, take into account the student successfully achieving qualification outcomes and ensure that the integrity of the qualification outcomes is maintained (AQF Qualifications Pathways Policy section 2.1.6). To ensure consistency and fairness, the RTO should establish a systematic approach to RPL including policies and procedures that govern implementation.


Generally, a RPL process consists of:

  • Identifying the required evidence

  • Advising students of the process

  • Providing information to students to enable them to prepare their evidence and meet the standard required for the rpl

  • Assessing the student’s skills using appropriate evidence-gathering methods and tools

  • Recording all the outcomes, and

  • Reporting the result to key stakeholders.


All RPL assessments:

  • Should be undertaken by qualified trainers with expertise in the subject, content or skills area and expertise in RPL assessment

  • Should be reviewed using the same standard as other assessment for the qualification

  • Should recognise prior learning regardless of how, when and where it was acquired, provided it is relevant to the learning outcomes in the qualification

  • Must ensure that evidence provided is valid, authentic, current and sufficient and the process is fair, flexible reliable and valid.


Methods of RPL assessment may include:

  • Should include reasonable adjustment for the literacy levels, cultural background and experiences of students, and it should not be a proxy for the assessment of skills such as literacy

  • Should address the specific evidence required for the particular qualification components for which credit is sought

  • Should provide a number of methods for individuals to demonstrate that they have met the required outcomes and can be granted credit. These might include:

    • Mapping of learning outcomes from prior formal or non-formal learning to the relevant qualification components

    • Questioning (oral or written)

    • Observation of performance in work based and/or simulated environments

    • Consideration of third party reports and/or other documentation such as articles, reports, project material, papers, testimonials or other products prepared by the rpl applicant

    • Portfolio and review of contents, and

    • Participation in structured assessment activities that individuals normally would be required to undertake.

Why you need our RPL kits

Our RPL Kits are developed to make valid assessment decisions while maintaining compliance with standards. They are written especially for each qualification and include carefully designed documentation and simple instructions for evidence submission and are designed to cover all units requirements with a range of appropriate assessment methods.


Our RPL Kits include:

  • RPL Form for student to complete to meet regulatory compliance, organisational and NCVER requirements.

  • Self assessment kit for students to:

    • Assess their skills and knowledge according to training package requirements

    • Collect appropriate supporting documentation and evidence


The self assessment kit also includes instructions about evidence-gathering tasks (where applicable).

  • Competency conversation kit for students to explain their level of skills and knowledge.

  • Demonstrations and observations kit with practical tasks for students to explain and demonstrate their level of skills and knowledge.

  • Third Party Kit - to be completed by an independent third party (at the assessor's discretion if they deem it necessary) who is familiar with the student’s abilities in the workplace and supervised the candidate.

  • Assessor’s Kit, which includes detailed instructions, procedures and recording tools to be used during the process.


You pay a one-off license fee and there are no limits on the amount of times you can use this RPL Kit within your RTO, no annual or ongoing fees, and no limit on student numbers.

You purchase a license for your RTO only and are not permitted to share the documents with any other entity. Purchasers are asked to agree to a license agreement to this effect prior to purchase.









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