TLA brings together the best qualifications in one place, giving you more opportunity to find the course that is perfect for you.

Using our targeted pre-qualification interview we review your needs to match you with the right training organisation to start your assessment.

The pre-qualification results help the assessor get an idea of your skills and experience before they start the assessment process.

Reach out to one of our team members today and get on the fast track to your new future!

What is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The Australian Quality Framework (AQF) describes Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) as:

"Recognition of prior learning is an assessment process that involves assessment of an individual’s relevant prior learning (including formal, informal and non-formal learning) to determine the credit outcomes of an individual application for credit"

What this means for you is that after reading the information provided for a qualification, if you think you have some of the knowledge and skills needed, you can apply to have these recognised against a nationally recognised qualification.

The employment environment has changed, as employers are looking at qualifications over experience it makes sense to put your experience to good use.

Reviewing your previous experience and training lets you fast track years of knowledge into a qualification quickly and easily, without setting foot in a classroom.

A RPL assessment can:

  • Save you money and time
  • Go towards professional development
  • Help you get back into the workforce
  • Open doors to new careers
  • Let you meet industry and licencing requirements
  • Increase your visa and immigration opportunities

The RPL processes follow a simple path  

1. RPL Application

Choose your qualification you want to apply for RPL in, look at the skills and knowledge needed to be considered competent and compare these to the experience you have gained over the years.

2. Pre-Qualification Interview

Get in touch with one of our team members and let us take you through the pre-qualification interview. This interview helps us determine if you are ready for RPL.

3. Assessment Interview & Evidence Review

Once the pre-qualification interview has been completed we will put you in touch with the right registered training partner for you. The qualified assessor will conduct the official assessment as part of their RPL process and review the evidence you provide.

4. Assessment Decision

Based on the outcome of the assessment interview and your evidence the assessor will make a decision on your RPL application. They will let you know the outcome, any fees that apply and if you need any GAP training.

5. GAP Training (Only if Required)

Depending on the evidence you provide your assessor might find that you need to complete one or more individual units to gain your qualification. If further training is needed your assessor will put together a training plan for you.

6. Qualification Awarded

Congratulations! In just a few simple steps you turned your knowledge and experience into a new qualification


The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has developed rules of evidence that apply to all nationally recognised training. These rules include:

Authenticity - the evidence you provide must be your own work, this can include documents you have created, photos or videos showing you completing a task or reports from your supervisors
Sufficient - there needs to be enough evidence to cover all the competency requirements of your chosen qualification

Current - your evidence needs to be something you have done recently, depending on the individual RPL process this could be within the last 2 -5 years

Valid - the evidence needs to be directly related to the qualification and required competencies you are being assessed against

The evidence you use can be classed as either direct (Primary Source) or indirect (Secondary Source) evidence. 

Direct evidence - is something that is in its original state and has not been altered in any way and is current. Direct evidence is also considered to be something that can be easily verified. In the RPL process direct evidence has a higher value than indirect evidence.

Indirect Evidence - This is evidence that has been gathered after the fact. Indirect evidence is often seen as an interpretation or reflection on direct evidence and can be harder to verify. Where direct evidence can't be provided certain types of indirect evidence can be used in your RPL application.

Examples of Evidence

Personal Information

Direct Evidence
Indirect Evidence
Certified copies of certificates & qualifications
Resume & Curriculum Vitae
USI Transcripts
Job descriptions
Statements of Attainments
Work diary entries
Licences, tickets & registrations
Training diaries & records
Schedules, rosters & payslips
Performance appraisals & reviews
Workplace industry awards, prizes & certificates
Professional & trade memberships


Workplace Information

Direct Evidence
Indirect Evidence
Portfolio of workplace documents that you work with or have created
Memos, faxes, plans, reports & emails written
Samples of work, projects or workplacere cords
Organisational procedures, policies, charts & checklists
Photos or videos of you performing a task
Industry standards used

Third Party Information

Direct Evidence
Indirect Evidence
Verified references from supervisors, peers & previous employers
Written references, letters of verification or support
Record of RPL interview
Written testimonies, customer or client feedback forms & surveys
Workplace observation records
Published articles
Workplace skills demonstration record
Knowledge challange assessment

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