Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer

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Avoid months or years of study and obtain your nationally recognised qualification (a certificate or diploma) for 20% less than the normal course fee if you are a member of The Centre for Volunteering.

What is Recognition of Prior Learning?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the formal acknowledgement of competencies a person has, regardless of how when or where the learning occurred. It is an integral component of the Vocational Education and Training system.

Under the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF), competencies may be attained through:

  • formal or informal training and education
  • work experience
  • life experience
  • any combination of the above

Recognition of Prior Learning:

  • avoids duplication of training, thereby maximising the value of vocational education and training expenditure
  • provides pathways to higher qualifications for people who may not have access to further training
  • creates a learning culture by valuing and recognising learning that has occurred in the workplace

RPL can result in a full qualification, or a Statement of Attainment for partial completion of a qualification.

In order for you to be granted RPL, you must provide reliable evidence that you are currently competent against the endorsed industry or enterprise competency standards in the form of a portfolio.

Evidence of your skills and knowledge may take a variety of forms and could include;

  • formal qualifications or statement of attainment
  • references from past employers
  • testimonial from clients
  • work samples

The School of Volunteer Management wishes to encourage all students who feel they are eligible for RPL to apply.

It is the practice of the School to give fair and equitable access to all clients in regard to the services it offers. In keeping with this aim, the School has an appeal and grievance procedure in relation to RPL Assessment.

What is Credit Transfer?

Credit Transfer (also called advanced standing) is the granting of credit by an institution or training organisation to students for courses or units of competency (subjects) completed at the same or another institution or training organisation. It is the acknowledgement that a person has satisfied the requirements of a course or unit of competency through previous study. The granting of credit exempts the student from that part of the program.

The School recognises the AQF qualifications and Statements of Attainment issued by any other RTO. Credit Transfer will be given to students on the basis of verified certificates issued by other RTOs.

Please contact the school on 02 9261 3600 to discuss the process for recognition of prior learning and credit transfer.

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