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Policing is personal to the team here at Churchill; the type of personal that means we know what it is to have worn the suit of blue. We have knocked on the doors and we have knocked down the doors. Together, we have carried the badge with pride for 50 years. And together, we have all built careers that mean when we say there is life after the job, we speak from personal experience.

Whether you are handing back your badge or focused on climbing the ranks, qualifications bridge your past experience to your next career step. Recognition of Prior Learning leverages your experience to achieve those qualifications.

(Please note that a minimum of six months of relevant experience is required and it must be from the last five years. This is part of the government criteria for RPL evidence.)

Why RPL with Churchill?

The process of converting police experience into qualifications is something we have done for the last 12 years, ever since our Founder, Randall Smith came to his own career crossroads and found himself with sixteen years of service but no qualification that meant anything else outside of the police. It was Randall’s experience that drove him to streamline the Recognition of Prior Learning process, to ensure that all those police courses you have done, the shifts you have done, and the promotions you have earned are able to be fully recognized in nationally accredited qualifications.

With 12 years’ experience helping police get qualified, we have also built up a wide range of available qualifications that will build your career path. From Certificate level all the way up to Graduate Diploma (above a Bachelor degree), we spend the time talking with you about the career you have and the career you want.

Together, then, we can design a plan for your future and use Recognition of Prior Learning to leverage your experience, and get you qualified. Save your time, your money and avoid the frustration by speaking to someone who understands your police career today.

What is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?

RPL stands for Recognition of Prior Learning. RPL is a process through which the experience, skills and knowledge that you already have can be converted to nationally recognised qualifications.

Getting qualifications through RPL means that you don’t have to sit in a classroom and learn about things that you already know. You can just show evidence that you’ve covered it in your job.

If you have a minimum of six months of relevant experience within the the last five years, fill in the form on this page to find out what you’re eligible for.

RPL FAQs – Your Questions Answered!

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Find out what you’re eligible for:

  • Want us to get started on your assessment? Upload your CV.
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RPL qualifications range from $995 – $3500.

Flexible payment plans are available to eligible students. More info here.

RPL clients are also welcome to pay Churchill Education directly.

Is there a Government subsidy available? Yes. Ask us for which qualifications.

People who live in Queensland may be eligible for subsidised RPL through Queensland Government subsidies programs. The qualifications that attract subsidies are those that the Queensland Government has designated as priorities, meaning that more skilled workers are needed in these areas.

Eligible individuals can complete Recognition of Prior Learning under the Higher Level Skills and Certificate 3 Guarantee Queensland Government subsidy programs.

As an example of how this works with Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), the cost for attaining a BSB30715 Certificate III in Work Health and Safety through RPL is $995.

But, if you are a Queensland resident and qualify for a subsidy through the Certificate 3 Guarantee Queensland Government subsidy program, you would pay a co-contribution fee of $80 (or $40 concession) to RPL in the qualification.

More info here.

How does the RPL process work?

  1. We conduct a free preliminary skills assessment and give you a report
  2. You tell us the qualifications you want and provide evidence
  3. You receive nationally recognised qualifications!

Let’s step this out a bit more:

Step 1. We conduct a free preliminary skills assessment and give you a report.
The RPL process begins with a conversation with one of our Skills Advisors.

  • You tell us what you’re looking for and where you want to go
  • You provide a few easily accessible documents
  • You’ll be sent a report within 48 hours. This will include a breakdown of costs involved and lists the qualifications:
    • You could be eligible for right now
    • You could be eligible for with a little more online gap training.

This is cost-free and obligation-free.

Step 2. You tell us the qualifications you want and provide evidence.
You can make an informed decision about which qualifications are best for you and your career. Once this is confirmed, we can complete the process.

  • We tell you exactly what evidence we need to establish your competency in the units that make up a qualification
  • You provide your evidence, then you can sit back and relax!
  • We match the evidence to the units. This is called mapping. Other providers may get you to do this yourself.

Step 3. You receive nationally recognised qualifications!
Congratulations! Your experience has been validated and translated into nationally recognised qualifications.

  • To save you time, we submit all the paperwork to the government for you. This formalises your qualifications.
  • You receive your qualifications though both email and post, within 14 days. Or, with our VIP Fast-Track Service, you can have them in just 7 days.

Are RPL qualifications nationally recognised? Yes.

Churchill Education is a registered training organisation, RTO:31430. This means that we are regulated by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), the Australian Government regulatory body for the VET sector.

The qualifications that we offer are nationally recognised, and issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). Accordingly, they’re exactly the same as those granted by other educational institutions such as TAFE.


What our Police RPL customers are saying

After 20yrs in the police and then I left for this position I’m in now, I realised that all of the work that I had done didn’t really add to up much out in the real world (sounds like a familiar story I’m sure). So I put my head down and got a Diploma in Management (using some RPL from police work that I had completed) and then vowed that I would never be in that situation again, where hard work for an employer didn’t really benefit me on paper. Getting this Diploma means a lot to me because it shows my kids that you always move forward, you never stand still and you make an effort to educate yourself, and don’t wait for an employer to do it. You and your organisation deserves a huge rap for the work that you do, and please thank Randall for me as well. Keep up the great work.

– Maurie, Police RPL Customer