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I've already done some training - can that be recognised?

Generally, yes. Depending on the training you are wanting to undertake, your Registered Training Organisation can undertake a skills recognition assessment to work out if you have 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 previous training with a Registered Training Organisation, or through work or life experience.

As a result, you may be able to gain:

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

Registered Training Organisations generally apply skills recognition in two ways - Recognition of Prior Learning or Credit transfer.

1Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is an assessment process that assesses your informal learning to determine the extent to which you have achieved the required learning outcomes, competency outcomes, or standards for entry to, and/or partial or total completion of, a qualification.

RPL recognises both your current and prior knowledge and experience and measures it against the course in which you are enrolled. You may not need to complete all of a training program if you already possess some of the competencies taught in the program.

RPL has many benefits:

  • you can finish your course earlier
  • training loads and costs are reduced
  • you can take on additional study leading to a second qualification
  • by identifying your current competencies, RPL can effectively target training requirements.

You need to provide your Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with evidence of your prior learning if you want to have your knowledge and skills recognised under RPL.

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

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

2Certificates, records of results and statements of attainment

Any unit of nationally recognised training you complete is recorded centrally and those records are available for you to access.

If you have completed one or more units of competency, you should receive a Statement of Attainment detailing the units you have achieved. If you complete a full qualification, you should receive a certificate of testamur demonstrating that you have completed the qualification. If you did not receive, or have lost, a copy of your statement, record or certificate, you may wish to obtain another copy.

Copies of your statement, record or certificate are available from a few different places:

  1. You should firstly try to contact the training organisation who delivered the training to you.
  2. If this is not possible in your case, you can contact the Office of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification (TASC).
  3. Another option would be to contact the Australian Government, Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), who may be able to provide confirmation of the studies you completed If the provider that issued your qualification or statement of attainment has closed, or you have lost your original copy.

Note: These organisations may charge a fee for copies of certificates or results.

Skills Tasmania is unable to issue certificates, records of results or statements of attainment.

3Credit transfer

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

Need more information?

Your Registered Training Organisation will provide you with information about skills recognition, and the skills assessments they conduct in relation to the qualifications or units they deliver.