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Recognised Prior Learning

What is RPL?

Batchelor Institute recognises the importance of skills and knowledge that you already have. You may have gained them through other work, study or through life experience.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process that tries to match these skills and knowledge to the outcomes of your course.

The Institute will recognise the qualifications and statements of attainment gained from other registered training organisations.

The steps below describe the details of how to apply for RPL at Batchelor Institute.


Enquiry and application

When you contact Batchelor Institute to ask about enrolment and/or RPL, you will be given information about the process and the name and contact details of the lecturer responsible for the course you are interested in and/or be transferred to our RPL Support Service. You will be sent by either email or post an enrolment form and/or an RPL Request form which you need to fill in and return. Alternatively you can download these forms from this page – under the top VET tab.


Initial interview and RPL advice

A lecturer or someone from the RPL Support Service will make a time to meet with you (either by phone or in person) to guide you through the RPL process. They will:

  • give you and explain the applicant’s RPL Guide and the
    process for completing it
  • talk about fees and any conditions of enrolment
  • discuss the units you wish to apply for RPL and include
    them in your individual RPL Guide.



Completing forms and gathering evidence

You will fill in a personal details and self-evaluation form, along with a series of supporting documents which will assist you demonstrate your skills and experience for all the relevant units.


Competency interview with Assessor

In the interview, your assessor will:

  • ask you in detail about the skills, knowledge and
  • check your foundation skills levels—this could mean you
    completing an ACSF (Australian Core Skills Framework)


At this interview, you will also discuss and plan for the next step in the RPL process—the demonstration and observation step. This may mean the assessor coming to your workplace
to observe you or setting up simulated (pretend) workplace.


Demonstration and observation of tasks

This step may involve that you demonstrate your skills either in your workplace or in a simulated workplace. Your assessor will:

  • need to ask permission from your workplace supervisor
    to enter your workplace.
  • design tasks for you to complete that match the
    requirements of the unit.



Finalising the RPL process

Your assessor will make a decision about your RPL application and complete all the necessary paperwork. Once you have paid your fees (if applicable). If your application:

  • is successful, Batchelor Institute will issue you with a
    qualification or a Statement of Attainment.
  • was not successful, your assessor will arrange a post interview
    to provide you with feedback and other options.


If you are interested in applying for RPL, contact us:
Student Information
Freecall: 1800 677 095