Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) programs are available to people currently working in the industry that have not had their skills, knowledge and experience formally recognised.

RPL is an assessment process that provides candidates with 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 activities.

It has all the same requirements as other types of assessment. It involves collecting evidence and making judgments on whether competence has been achieved which can be submitted and assessed completely online and via correspondence.

Evidence can be collected through:

Work References

  • Work Examples
  • Observations
  • Questioning

  • Professional conversations

  • Examination of past work history
  • Formal Trade Tests

  • Hear What others have to say

    Just like everyone that looks to complete an RPL, I had everyday work commitments throughout the entire process. 

    ACFC asked in-depth questions, and requested evidence of past employment and tasks/jobs. Providing this information allowed ACFA to prepare only the modules that I needed to compete instead of redoing an entire apprenticeship. I had previously completed my apprenticeship in New Zealand as a Boat Builder and Marine cabinetmaker, however to attain the Australian qualification, other modules required completion.

    From day 1, Joe Sibly’s energy and support was unwavering. His ability to break each module into bite size pieces allowed me to fulfil the tasks required. Joe’s regular contact and communication allowed me to schedule RPL tasks around my busy work and family commitments. I would like to say a huge thank you to Joe for his perseverance and guidance throughout my RPL process. 

    Andrew Pratt

    These courses are superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and ACFA will contact you when you need to transition into the next version when it is available