Recognition of Prior Learning

What is RPL?


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) refers to the process that allows a person’s skills and abilities to be accepted by a registered training organisation and used towards achieving a qualification. RPL is usually recommended for people who have been working within the sector for many years without gaining any formal qualifications. RPL is about the assessment of your current knowledge and skills.


If you would like to obtain a national qualification and believe you are competent in your chosen field, RPL may be an alternative to completing a formal – theory based assessment.


What Evidence is required for RPL?


Applicants may be required to provide and/or demonstrate;

  • assessment based on a portfolio of evidence;
  • direct observation of demonstration of skill or competence;
  • reflective papers, journals or portfolios that relate past learning to the learning or competency outcomes of the current course or qualification;
  • provision of examples of work drawn from the workplace, social, community or other setting in which you may apply your learning, skill or competency;
  • testimonials of learning, skill or competency
  • participation in exactly the same or modified versions of the assessment you would be required to complete as part of the full course; and
  • combinations of any of the above


Please note: All evidence submitted must be your own or directly relate to yourself.


What support will be given to students during the RPL process?


Learners will be provided with advice about the assessment processes including assistance with identifying the evidence required. METS will attempt to accommodate assessment methods to the literacy levels, cultural background and educational background and experiences of learners.

METS assessment methods provide a range of ways for learners to demonstrate that they have met the required outcomes.

METS can not help you decide which units to apply for RPL as this is a personal assessment based on your past acquired skills and experience, although we are happy to help you and offer assistance in the RPL process.


When should I apply for RPL?


RPL is offered to learners prior to enrolment and is also available at other times throughout a learners training. It is recommended that learners identify whether they will be applying for RPL before commencing the given course, although METS understands that this is not always practical. Some learners may identify an opportunity for RPL perhaps half-way through the course, in which case METS will endeavour to make this possible for you.


What now?


The RPL process can be in depth, can take time, and may not be suitable for everyone. If you are interested in applying for RPL please contact METS to register your interest and discuss the best options for you.