Whenever we work we gain experience and we gain knowledge. Many people in Australia have used these to their advantage.  How so? Read on to discover how Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can help you.


Westcoast Consultant is not a Registered Training Organisation (RTO or RTOs).

    • For a complete list of all 5000+ RTOs, see [https://training.gov.au/Search/SearchOrganisation] and complete a search of the database at the National Register on Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Australia. Whilst this page will detail information around the process known as RPL,
    • Westcoast Consultants is in no way shape or form intimating that we are delivering, training or assessing for the purpose of awarding a VET based qualification, which is in accordance with the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 as set out by the national regulator for the VET sector, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).
    • For further information on ASQA see their website [https://www.asqa.gov.au/].
    • For a detailed description of the thousands of qualification available please see [https://training.gov.au/Search/Training]
    • Applying for a qualification via RPL does not ensure that you will be awarded the qualification.


    What is Recognition of Prior Learning

    Suppose you have worked in an industry, say hospitality, for a number of years, then you have gained invaluable experience, you have progressed in a specific path, you would have prior learning. This  prior learning is going to be used as a claim. The claim is that your experience and knowledge is sufficient to be applied as evidence towards you being awarded a qualification in the SIT - Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package

    How can you turn this prior learning into an official qualification

    As mentioned above there are 5000+ registered training organisations in Australia. Each one of these organisations has been vetted and approved to award official qualifications, that are recognised Australia wide, with some specific exceptions where licenses are involved.

    There are hundreds, possibly thousands of regulated qualifications and not all RTOs are approved to issue all of them. This is a matter of having qualifications on scope. This means that the RTO has been approved to issue a certain qualification.

Here is a possible sequence of events to gaining your qualification.

  1. Determine the qualification you are most qualified for are the most desirous of obtaining. Each qualification has a code, for example the Certificate I in Tourism (Australian Indigenous Culture) has the code SIT10116.
  2. Search https://training.gov.au  for that qualification and or code.
  3. Find a suitable RTO to assess your evidence (See above in the disclaimer section). Each RTO has a code, for example the Albany Creek State High School can issue the SIT10116 and their code is 30207. You can find their details here [https://training.gov.au/Organisation/Details/30207].
  4. Either apply to the RTO directly or utilise an agent. There are many agents available.
    1. If you are using an education consultant, ensure that they detail the cost, duration, expectation and the RTO code to you.
    2. We do not personally have anything to do with RPL, we can supply you some education consultants that we have used in the past upon request.
  5. Complete your forms as issued by the RTO.
  6. Submit forms and evidence to the RTO.
  7. From this point, you will be communicated with by your chosen RTO or education consultant.
    1. There may be a need for further training, but this is a case by case basis and will be dealt with by the RTO as they are the ones approved to issue the training.

Since there are so many RTOs in Australia, this is by no means the only way in which you can be awarded a qualification and in all cases RPL is a case by case basis.

Cost for RPL

Each RTO and/or Education Consultant will have a different cost for obtaining a qualification via RPL and estimates can not be given here. There are some RTOs that have funding available for students, however, please ask your specific RTO.

Benefits of having a nationally recognised qualification

With the Austalian workforce becoming more specialised there is a need to have your qualifications when looking for work or applying for some further education.

Just like finishing a degree in mathematics does not ensure that you are going to get an amazing job or get into an awesome masters program, getting a VET qualification will not ensure that you get a job, or that you will get a license in a specific trade, or  credits and entry into a university.

What can a VET Qualification do for you

  • Having a VET qualification will give you a sense of pride knowing that you have been awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

  • It can be used to add to your CV or your applications for jobs or education. You will still need to do the work of getting that job or that placement into university of TAFE.

  • Really there are endless possibilities for you to discover.

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