Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is an assessment process that acknowledges a person’s knowledge and skill no matter where they learnt it. This means a person does not have to attend training when they already have the knowledge and skill. A person’s current competency can then be counted towards a qualification or statement of attainment.

How to develop an assessment tool

AQSA has published a Guide to developing assessment tools. This is a short and informative document that describes a 3-step process:

  • Planning
  • Design and development
  • Quality checks.

The ASQA guide does not give examples of documents that would make up an assessment tool.

How to develop an RPL assessment tool

The key elements of a typical RPL process are:

  • The RPL applicant submits a portfolio of evidence
  • The RPL applicant provides a list of items in their portfolio of evidence
  • An RTO assessor reviews the evidence and completes an assessment map (matrix).

The following diagram illustrates this typical RPL process.

3-step RPL assessment process

This RPL process may look simple but it does require time and effort by the RPL applicant and the RTO assessor to implement.

  • Overview of the RPL enquiry and application process
  • Overview of the RPL assessment process
  • Templates for RPL assessment tools.

Another article provides more details about how to develop an RPL assessment tool.

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