Recognition of prior learning

Credit for your past work and study

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process that provides you with an opportunity to receive credit for any previous work experience, informal and formal education and training and other formal learning that you may have undertaken. RPL credits may reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification and/or reduce your study load in a particular semester(s).

Assessment of RPL may involve one or more of the following:

  • An examination of supporting evidence.
  • Contacting referees or previous employers to verify your claims.
  • A practical skills test to assess your skills against the requirements of a qualification.

Student Skills Recognition Policy Fact Sheet

Frequently asked questions

Q: How do I apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?

You can only apply for RPL assessment after you have accepted an offer, paid your fees and commenced your studies at a Western Australian TAFE college. If you are an offshore student who intends to apply for RPL, you will need to ensure that any documents you wish to use as evidence are either original or copies which have been verified by a Public Notary. Examples of evidence you could include but are not limited to the following:

  • Resume/CV detailing previous experience and descriptions of positions you have held.
  • Copies of records of any previous study, including copies of testamurs, records of results, statements of attainment, graduation statements or transcripts.
  • Licences or tickets (e.g. crane, forklift, platform etc.).
  • Records of professional development.
  • Membership of professional associations.
  • Any evidence of your industry experience.
  • Contact details of referees who can verify your skills and experience.

If you think you might be eligible for RPL, you should approach the International Centre at your TAFE college to discuss the RPL process.

Q: How will my fees be adjusted by RPL?

You will be required to pay 100% of the course fee up to the date TIWA received notification from the college. After that, you will be required to pay 70% of the remaining fee. For example; if RPL is granted in week one of commencing your course, your fee will be adjusted to 70% of the total fee.  If RPL is granted in week 10, you will pay 100% of the fee until week 10, then 70% for the remainder of semester.

Q: What will happen if my application for RPL is successful?

The TAFE college will notify TIWA if you have been successful to receive RPL for one or more units. TIWA will adjust your fee and course load.

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