Whether you want to study in Australia or plan to pursue a career, you can benefit from the RPL either way.
Anyone who has gained previous experience or relevant skills can apply for the RPL process. It does not matter if you gained those skills in Australia or in your home country or anywhere else overseas. It is required to be able to provide sufficient evidence of this previously obtained knowledge in form of reference letters, work samples, transcripts, certificates or other qualifications.
If your RPL gets approved it can increase your chances of permanent relocation to Australia or it can simply shorten the time of your Australian studies. A nationally recognition of your previous experience can open the door to a job, sponsorship, a higher degree or ultimately to migration to Australia.
Recognition of Prior Learning
The RPL - Recognition of Prior Learning - is the assessment process of an individual’s prior education and/ or work experience which acknowledges formal and informal, paid and unpaid experience. The outcome determines if the individual receives credit for a vocational course or for their skilled assessment.
The RPL acknowledges that the individual may have gained appropriate knowledge, understanding, and skills in Australia or overseas and whether or not is able to demonstrate the required competencies associated with the relevant Australian standards.
For example, if someone has spent many years working as a secretary within an office setting, that person might have developed skills that are considered to be part of a formal qualification in business administration.
In some cases, previous experiences may not be enough to provide an individual will a full recognition of prior learning. The competencies the individual has previously gained can be used as credit towards units of competency and may reduce the amount of time a student is required to study to complete a qualification. For some applicants it means that they may not have to complete all the modules in a course of study to graduate based on the credit they receive through the RPL.