Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) involves a formal recognition of the skills and knowledge your staff members have already achieved through previous studies, work and life experiences. Employees may be awarded full or part qualifications on the basis of their RPL assessment.​


Your training provider will formally assess your employees’ existing skills and knowledge so that they can count towards their qualification and shorten the period of training. Employee RPLs can be completed at your workplace. RPL takes into account:

  • work-related training courses
  • on-the-job skills and work experience
  • volunteer and community work
  • a combination of all of the above


The time needed for an assessment can vary a lot as each employee and role is different. The fees charged by training providers to conduct RPLs also vary so be sure to discuss this with your provider before you begin.

You may be eligible for a government subsidy for RPL. The eligibility criteria are the same as for government-subsidised training​, although the level of subsidy may be different. Ask your training provider for specific costs.

Find more detail about RPL on the Department of Education and Training (DET) website.