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RPL, RCC & CT

Start Education recognises the skills and knowledge you have gained through previous studies, work and life experiences. Recognition is a process for giving candidates credit for skills, knowledge and experience gained through working and learning. It can be gained at any stage of their lives, through formal and informal learning, in Australia or overseas, through work or other activities such as volunteering.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you have formal qualifications from a TAFE, university, school or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in Australia, containing content that is included in the qualification you want to study, you can apply for recognition.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC)

If you have been working in an occupation that is relevant to a qualification you are seeking you have probably developed skills and knowledge which can be assessed for recognition. You may also have developed valuable skills by working for a community or voluntary organisation or through other life experiences such as hobbies, sport and leisure activities, which can also be considered for recognition.

An RPL or RCC application can be for a whole unit of competency, multiple units of competency or a complete course or qualification. Fees for RPL and RCC apply the same as the standard tuition fee. The fee covers all stages of the process including administrative costs and issuance of Statement of Attainment or Qualification if awarded.
  • You will have your skills recognised.
  • You will gain your qualification faster as you won't 'have to repeat learning for skills and knowledge you already have.
  • Recognition enables you to identify gaps in your 'knowledge and skills and therefore any training you need to undertake to 'meet the requirements of a particular job role or qualification.

The amount of recognition depends on your ability to provide substantiating documentation, which may include some of the following:

  • a certificate or statement of assessment
  • transcript of results
  • course content outline
  • course notes/syllabus
  • Samples of course work.
1) Testimonial or reference from your employer
A statement from your employer or supervisor containing their assessment of your skills against the unit requirements. A statement can be provided from previous employers/ supervisors as well.
2) Examples of your work
Collect samples of your work or workplace documents which demonstrate your current competency.
3) Interview with the assessor
Arrange an interview with your assessor to answer questions to demonstrate that you are competent.
4) Demonstration of the required skills
Arrange a meeting to demonstrate work skills that support your current competency.
5) Experiences in the industry
Provide evidence of experience in the industry that supports your current competency.

Credit Transfer (CT)

Credit Transfer is the recognition of academic credits gained through formal study at Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), professional bodies or enterprises and universities. (Credit Transfer is sometimes referred to as Exemptions).In Vocational Education and Training (VET), Start Education, as a training provider recognises the Australian Quality Framework qualifications and Statements of Attainment issued by any other Australian RTOs.

Credit outcomes may allow for entry into a qualification and/or provide credit towards the qualification. Credit given may reduce the time required for a student to achieve the qualification. Credit transfer is one of a number of processes for establishing credit. It provides a means for students to gain credit in an AQF qualification on the basis of completed components of another AQF qualification or other formal learning. The credit transfer process involves:
  • Mapping, comparing and evaluating the extent to which the learning outcome, discipline content and assessment requirements of the individual components of one qualification are equivalent to the learning outcomes, discipline content and assessment requirements of the individual components of another qualification, and

  • Making a judgment about the credit to be assigned between the matched components of the two qualifications.
Whilst students may apply for credit transfer at any time, they are encouraged to apply before commencing a training program. The student does not incur any fees for credit transfer and there is no funding associated with credit transfer. Credit transfer may only be awarded for whole units of competency. Students can apply for Credit Transfer by completing a Credit Transfer application form and submit together with a certified copy of the Statement of Attainment or Statement of Results to Start Education.