Recognition of Prior Learning / Recognition of Current Competency:

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) involves the assessment of previously unrecognised skills and knowledge a person has achieved outside formal education and training. RPL is an assessment process that assesses the individual’s non formal and informal learning to determine the extent to which that individual has achieved the required competency.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) applies if someone has previously successfully completed the requirements for a unit of competency or module and is now required to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained. In this case no extra skill or competencies are recognised.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) 2013 definitions:

Credit is the value assigned for the recognition of equivalence in content and learning outcomes between different types of learning and/or qualifications. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to achieve a qualification and may be through credit transfer, articulation, recognition of prior learning or advanced standing

Credit arrangements are formal negotiated arrangements within and between issuing organisations and or accrediting authorities and are about student entitlement to credit. They may also be formal arrangements made between issuing organisations and students

Credit outcomes are the results of a process of determining a student’s application for credit or credit transfer

Credit transfer is a process that provides students with agreed and consistent credit outcomes for components of a qualification based on identified equivalence in content and learning outcomes between matched qualifications

During the enrolment process students must complete a Student Completion Check-list for RPL indicating which units the candidate is undertaking. It is vital that the units indicated are the same as the RPL kit.

After completing the enrolment process – and once FULL payment is made – students are given an RPL kit. The kit lists all the Units of Competency relevant to a qualification and the information required. RPL kits are to be returned to assessors with documentary proof from current employer (RCC) or recent employer (RPL) of competency in each unit. The documentation provided by the students must be:

  • Authentic
  • Current
  • Valid
  • Sufficient

Proof of all four points must be included in each instance of documentation in order for it to be accepted by Allegiance Assessors.

Once enrolment has been completed and students issued with RPL kits they have two (2) months to return completed kits with all documentation to Allegiance. Once kits have been returned they have one (1) month to come in for an interview with an Assessor. The interviewer will go through their documentation and ask questions to confirm the four previously mentioned points in person. If the documentation is not found to be complete for certain units students will have until the remainder of the month to collect supplementary documentation.

If the student does not return the RPL kit within two (2) months or attend an interview (and if necessary provide supplementary documentation) within one (1) month they will be deemed NOT YET COMPETENT in all units that are still pending information.

Students who are deemed Not Yet Competent are required to attend Gap Training in order to receive the qualification. Gap training may cover simply the units they are not yet competent in or the entire course/qualification.

Mutual Recognition (Of Existing Qualification):

On a students application for recognition of other qualifications/statements of attainment/units of competency indicated by the student on the enrolment form will trigger our office to carry out the following

  • Site the document either qualifications/statements of attainment/units of competency
  • retain a copy of the original on the student file
  • Contact the RTO that appears on the document to validate document and request a fax or make a written notation on the copied document of the RTO’s reply.
  • All documents that are verified as issued by the RTO and that RTO being currently registered with the NTIS or registered with the NTIS when the Statement of Attainment was issued.

In compliance with AQTF Guidelines and Standards Allegiance Training Group offers Recognition of Prior Learning and Recognition of Current Competency on all courses under our scope. We encourage training earned in the VET sector through workplace experience and on-the-job training, as well previous formal and informal training relevant to the units for which RPL and RCC are applied.

Allegiance Training Group will strive to work with students to find out if they are suitable for the RPL/RCC process and to ensure enrolment and processing are completed in an efficient and timely manner.

Allegiance Training Group also recognises and accepts the credentials issued by another Registered Training Organisation based in any State/Territory within Australia in accordance with the AQTF. This includes all Statements of Attainment for specific modules or units of competency, or completed qualifications from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma in accordance with the AQTF standards and Guidelines.