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Frequently Asked Questions about RPL

What is RPL?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) also known as Skills Assessment is an assessment process allowing individuals to achieve all, or part, of a nationally recognised qualification by demonstrating their knowledge, skills and experience around a particular topic.

Do I have to be employed to undertake RPL?

If you have current skills and knowledge, but are not employed, you can apply for RPL. However if a workplace observation is required this may occur at a CQUniversity Campus or another suitable location negotiated with your RPL assessor. Volunteer work in the industry you are seeking your RPL may assist in generating evidence to satisfy the RPL process.

If I have been working for the same organisation for over 10 years is this sufficient evidence to gain RPL?

The length of time you have been working for an organisation may not be sufficient evidence to satisfy the RPL process. You must demonstrate that you have the skills required to meet the standard set by industry. Developing new skills in your workplace is also important and regular training should be undertaken.

Do I have to live close to CQUniversity to do my RPL?

CQUniversity regularly work with RPL clients via various mediums such as video conference, phone, email and mail. If formal training is required to complete your qualification, the RPL team at CQUniversity will work with you in providing the best option to suit your requirements.

Can I RPL a whole qualification?

Yes it is possible to gain a whole qualification through an RPL pathway with the exception of an apprentice. An apprentice must undertake at least one unit through normal training delivery. Some candidates achieve partial qualifications of one or two units of competency to suit their employment or career goals.

Is the qualification I gain through the RPL pathway recognised in the same way as a qualification gained through formal training?

Yes, your skills and knowledge are recognised irrespective of where you learn those skills. You do not have to attend formal training. The qualification will be the same as any gained through formal training at a Registered Training Organisation recognised through the Australian Quality Training Framework.

Is there an age limit to apply for RPL?

There is no age requirement however you will need to demonstrate that you have skills and knowledge (work experience) in the area you are seeking your RPL, and that the skills and knowledge you have are current. If you have not worked in the industry for a few years, you may not be able to demonstrate currency.

Do I need to have good literacy skills to participate in the RPL process?

The level of literacy will depend on the competency units you select. If you believe you will require literacy support, please talk to you RPL assessor so this can be arranged for you.

How much will it cost?

Cost will vary for each individual as this is dependent on your chosen qualification. It will also depend on your entitlement to any funding or concession that is available and also whether you will be eligible to transfer credits. A quote will be given to you by our team when you make your enquiry and obtain the RPL Application Pack.

If my employer offers to pay the fees for my RPL how is this arranged?

Please discuss with the RPL team on (07) 4970 7254 or email They will advise you on the process which requires a letter of authority from your employer. This is a simple and easy process.

Is there any government assistance towards RPL fees?

You may be eligible for government funding if available. The funding does have criteria that must be met. Current funding information will be provided within the RPL Application Pack or on enquiry with the RPL team on (07) 4970 7254.

Will my university qualification give me credit towards a vocational program?

All qualifications including university qualifications may contribute towards a vocational program. You will need to supply the course outline together with an authorised academic history for the units you are using as evidence for the RPL Assessor to review.

Can I get my overseas qualification recognised in Australia?

Overseas qualifications may be directly recognised in Australia, information on whether the qualification you hold is equivalent to an Australian qualification can be found by clicking here.

If I want someone to help me with my English how do I arrange this?
You can bring someone along with you to the interview that can assist with translation and is familiar with your skills and knowledge.
How do I apply for RPL?
  1. Contact RPL team at CQUniversity on (07) 4970 7249.
  2. When you complete the RPL Application Pack, an assessor/content specialist will contact you to discuss your eligibility and skills.
  3. You will meet (either in person or by phone) with the RPL Assessor who will ask you questions about your experiences and negotiate timeframes and a Skills Plan.
  4. Enrol and pay fees. This will be coordinated through the RPL team.
  5. Once payment is received a full assessment will commence.
How long will it take?

Once we have received your application, we forward this to an RPL Assessor who on receipt of your file will contact you within three days to make a suitable time to discuss your ability to undertake RPL and negotiate a Skills Plan. The Skills Plan will then trigger your enrolment. Once enrolment is confirmed, the assessment phase can commence and is conducted as per the Skills Plan (negotiated between all parties). If all required information and sufficient and valid evidence has been provided, this phase can be completed in six to eight weeks. However, if there is insufficient evidence and workplace visits cannot be conducted during this period, the assessment phase may take longer.

The assessment phase does not cover formal training. This will need to be completed as per the normal course offerings or as negotiated with the Manager of Vocational Training.

There seems to be a lot of paperwork. Is this really necessary?

We need to document your journey to gaining skills and knowledge and verify that this is true and correct. It is also essential that we address all aspects of the qualification.