Getting credit for the skills you already have
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Getting credit for the skills you already have

Help & advice

​You might be able to shorten your course study time if you have:

  • a relevant TAFE and training qualification, or
  • completed unit/s from a relevant TAFE and training course, or
  • relevant skills and experience gained ‘on-the-job'.

There are a number of different processes used by training providers to decide whether your existing skills and experience or past study can be counted towards a new course. The most common processes are credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Credit transfer

If you have a relevant qualification or have completed relevant units from a TAFE and training course, you can apply for a credit transfer.

Credit transfer is granted when a training provider gives recognition to a person for specific unit/s in a course. This reduces the number of units needed to complete a course.

Key points about credit transfer

  • There is no charge for a credit transfer.
  • You will need to provide evidence (for example, a statement of attainment) to support your claim.

If you are considering applying for credit transfer, you will need to discuss it with your training provider.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you have relevant skills and knowledge gained ‘on-the-job’ and outside of formal education and training, you can apply for an RPL assessment.

RPL is granted when a training provider gives recognition to a person for part of a course, or the whole course, without having to do the study for that course.

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

Key points about RPL

  • You will need to pay a fee for the RPL process.
  • RPL fees may vary, so get a quote from your training provider before going ahead.
  • You can check your eligibility​ for a Victorian Government subsidy for your RPL fee.
  • You will need to provide evidence ​to support your claim and the process can be extensive.
  • The types of evidence required may include documentation (for example, a third party report or a portfolio of work samples) and participation in assessment activities (for example, work observations or interviews)​.

If you are considering applying for an RPL assessment, you will need to discuss it with your training provider.​