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Skills recognition

Skills recognition is the acknowledgment by a registered training organisation that a person has gained an appropriate level of skills and knowledge that would have otherwise been developed through formal training.

These skills and knowledge may have been gained through some form of study, through a registered training organisation, work or life experience.

As a result, a person may gain:

  • a nationally recognised qualification without attending a training program
  • formal recognition of their skills, increasing the chance of career progression.

Registered training organisations (RTO) generally apply skills recognition in two ways:

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
  • Credit transfer.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

An assessment process that assesses a person's  informal learning to determine the extent to which that person has achieved the required learning outcomes, competency outcomes, or standards for entry to, and/or partial or total completion of, a qualification.

RPL recognises both current and prior knowledge and experience and measures it against the course in which the person is enrolled. That person may not need to complete all of a training program if he or she already possesses some of the competencies taught in the program.

RPL has many benefits:

  • people can finish their courses earlier
  • training loads and costs are reduced
  • the person can take on additional study leading to a second qualification
  • by identifying a person's current competencies, RPL can effectively target training requirements.

The person needs to provide the registered training organisation with evidence of their prior learning if they wish to have their knowledge and skills recognised under RPL.

Registered training organisations take previous experience and training into account whether it was achieved in Australia or abroad.

Registered training organisations can also grant RPL to trainees and apprentices as part of their training plans.

Credit transfer

Credit transfer assesses any previous qualification or units that a person is using to claim credit towards another qualification.  The assessment determines the extent to which the person's previous qualification or units of competence is equivalent to the required learning outcomes, competency outcomes, or standards in a qualification. 

Where to get more information

Your preferred registered training organisation will:

  • provide you with information about skills recognition
  • conduct skills assessments in relation to the qualifications or units they deliver.

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) is the national regulator for Australia's vocational education and training sector. ASQA regulates registered training organisations ensure nationally approved quality standards are met.