Got some RPL questions?
Here are answers to common questions.
RPL is a process in which the experience, skills, training and knowledge that you have built up in your career can be converted to nationally recognised qualifications. These qualifications are exactly the same as those awarded through studying.
Getting qualifications through RPL means that you don’t have to sit in a classroom and learn about things you already know. Instead, you can just show evidence that you’ve covered it in your work.
A lot of important learning happens while you’re on the job, not just when you’re sitting in a classroom. This sort of experiential learning is just as valid, and deserves to be acknowledged. What better way to do it than by getting a qualification?
People get qualifications through RPL for a variety of reasons. These include:
Credit transfer applies if you have already completed a particular unit within a course. In order to receive credit, you’ll need to provide a statement of attainment or a transcript that shows the unit as completed. If it was some time ago that you studied, one or more of the units you studied may have been superseded. This means that they have been updated, and you need to complete the unit again.
Recognition of Prior Learning applies if you haven’t studied the unit previously, or if you have but it’s been superseded, and you have sufficient experience in that particular area to prove you don’t need to study it again. If you think you could be eligible for a credit transfer, we can help you with this.
RPL can apply to a wide variety of industries. We award qualifications to people in government, mining, Defence, emergency services and throughout the private sector. We offer qualifications through RPL in the areas of government and investigations, management and leadership, business, security and risk, WHS.
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 Recognition Advisors.
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.
Step 3. You receive nationally recognised qualifications!
Congratulations! Your experience has been validated and translated into nationally recognised qualifications.
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.
Qualifications through RPL range in price from $995 – $3500. As a general rule you can expect to pay about half of the cost of studying the same qualification. You’ll find this info in the ‘Fees and Payment’ tab at the bottom of each qualification page. If you enrol in more than one qualification (as many of our graduates do) you will have access to our Bundle prices.
We have a range of payment options available for you including: Bank Transfer, Credit Card, Instalment Payment Plans and Finance Options. Find out more here.
A minimum of six months of experience is necessary for Certificate-level qualifications, and more substantive experience is required for Diploma-level qualifications, or higher. The time spent in a role is just one factor to consider when calculating eligibility for RPL – the nature of the experience is just as important. Work and life experience, volunteer work and formal and informal training can contribute to your portfolio of evidence for qualifications through RPL.
In order to prove that the skills and knowledge that you’ve gained through your experience are sufficient to qualify you for RPL, you’ll need to show evidence of them. This evidence documents how you have covered the content of the units within a qualification, in your working life.
Read below about onsite assessment as a method of assessing experience.
Here are some types of evidence someone could provide for RPL. The types of evidence required depend on the qualification someone is seeking, and there are specific lists for each qualification.
Many people who have gained qualifications with Churchill Education have used them to gain credit towards further education, including Bachelor degrees or Masters at university. All nationally recognised qualifications can be used for credit transfer. Most universities state that the amount of credit granted depends on the specific application of an individual.
The first step in the RPL process is a preliminary assessment to determine which qualifications you could be eligible for, provided you have the requisite evidence. This is free and we don’t need a full suite of evidence at this stage – just a current position description and a resume. It’s always good to know what your options are. Then, if you progress, we can advise you on obtaining the evidence you need.
That’s fine. The preliminary assessment is obligation-free, meaning that you may or may not choose to proceed with one or more qualifications once you get your results. We do provide guidance about which qualifications are the best fit for the career path you intend to pursue, and if we can’t help you with certain qualifications, we can point you in the direction of someone who can.
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Churchill Education was established in 2006, when one of our co-founders, Randall Smith, left his role as a Senior Detective with the Queensland Police Service. Randall worked with an RTO to attain qualifications through Recognition of Prior Learning, and was surprised and frustrated at how difficult and time-consuming the process was. He decided that RPL would form the basis for his next career, and that he would offer a service that was easy for the customer, ethical in how it was conducted, and driven by the needs and ambitions of the customer, rather than a provider concerned only with profit. Getting recognition for your hard work over the years should be rewarding – not a chore, and certainly not a swindle!
At Churchill Education, we are:
The Australian Government provides a service for international students to have their overseas tertiary qualifications recognised. See Qualifications Recognition.
An RTO can consider experience gained from overseas when evaluating an application for RPL. Evidence must be validated in the same way as evidence produced form within Australia.
When it comes to proving that you are experienced enough in certain areas to meet the requirements of a qualification, we have to abide by certain criteria. These are set by the federal government, specifically, ASQA (the Australian Skills Quality Authority). The criteria for the evidence that can be submitted in an RPL application is:
It’s this last one, currency, which applies to the time frame for evidence. To meet the currency rule of evidence, the federal government requires that experience must be within the last five years to be admissible. The reasoning behind this is that industry practices and regulations are updated frequently. To maintain the high standard of qualifications awarded through RPL, they must remain up-to-date, too. This gives both the holders of a qualification and potential employers confidence in the credibility and timeliness of that qualification.
This is one of the biggest misconceptions about RPL. When you work with certain providers, RPL can be very complicated and time-consuming. However, if you choose to work with Churchill, it will not be hard. Other providers may ask you to do the complicated mapping part of the process, in which you match your experience and skills to units within a qualification. We do that for you. We tell you exactly what evidence we need, and complete the process once you’ve provided it. RPL is only hard if you try to do it alone. With the right help, it’s easy.
While we can’t offer official taxation advice, we can say that you may be able to claim the cost of qualifications achieved through RPL as a self-education expense. Seek further advice on this by speaking to your accountant or the Australian Tax Office. We’ve also had many customers take advantage of their tax refunds by using those sums to pay for RPL qualifications – and of course, we think education is always a good investment!
An onsite assessment is when an assessor visits the student in their workplace and observes them undertaking their regular work. While observing them, the assessor will be collecting evidence which can be used in the RPL process. This is a method of producing evidence towards a qualification that can be an alternative to producing documentation, if suitable. Conditions apply.
RCC refers to the assessment of a person’s current capacity to perform. It applies if an individual has previously successfully completed the requirements for a unit of competency or a module and is now required to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.
RPL/RCC tend to be used interchangeably.