Recognition of prior learning

Credit for your past work and study

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process that assesses your:

  • previous work experience,
  • informal and formal education and training experiences and
  • other non-formal learning that you may have undertaken;

Against the requirements of a qualification and gives you credits for this learning. 

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). 

Frequently asked questions

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

If you think you might be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), you should approach your International Centre Manager to discuss the RPL process at your college. The International Centre Manager will be able to assist you to complete the application. You should complete and lodge your RPL application by the first week of the commencement of your course, as applications received after this time will not be considered.

Q: What happens if I receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) credits for less than half of the total course hours?
A:

If you receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) credits for less than half of the total course hours, then your study load may be reduced and you will receive a new course study plan. You will not be eligible for a tuition fee refund.

Q: What happens if I receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) credits for more than half of the total course hours?
A:

If you receive RPL credits for more than half of the total course hours, then your enrolment may change significantly and you will need to discuss any possible visa implications with the Manager Admissions and Compliance at TAFE International Western Australia (TIWA). You will be eligible for a tuition fee refund of 40% of the total tuition fee for that course. This refund will be credited to your next semester tuition fees if you are a continuing student, or paid to you if you are completing your course.

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