How To Prepare For RPL

RPL assessment happens in a variety of ways. Being prepared can save you valuable time and hassle and make the recognition process stress-free for you.

 Read our About Recognition of Prior Learning page

Consider how you will demonstrate your prior learning

  • Be prepared to talk about your job roles and your work history – either paid or unpaid – and what you did there.
  • Be prepared to show our Assessor what you can do.
  • Think about who can confirm your skill level. Think about current or recent supervisors who have seen you work in the past 18 months and will be able to confirm your skills. Our assessor will need to contact them to validate your skills. You may also have community contacts or even clients themselves who can vouch for your skill level.

Collect your documentation

Collect certificates of any relevant formal training you’ve done from school, TAFE, other registered training providers or university.
Other documents that may be useful in your application as evidence include, but are not limited to:

  • Letters from employers that describe the specific duties / tasks you can do or have done. Use our sample template.
  • Position description and any performance appraisals from employers.
  • Referee testimonials (“third party”) reports that list the specific skills your referee has/had observed you regularly performing on the job, on a consistent basis, during your employment. To make this easier, use the template we have provided. Use our sample template.
  • Photographs of work / installations you have done. Photos must be of good quality.
    If submitting photos: Refer to the Section at the end of this document on “How to submit photographic evidence for your RPL application”
    If submitting photos on a CDROM: Give each photographic file a unique identifying number. Provide a master list that links each photographic file to the related unit/s of competency and provide the suburb or town of the job/installation that is shown in the photo. Write your name on the CDROM.
  • Completion certificates or inspection certificates from local authorities and/or licensed site inspectors for work you have completed.
  • Certified copies of relevant qualifications and courses completed, e.g. professional development (if applicable).
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  • Trade tickets held eg forklift, crane, operating elevated work platforms, scaffolding.
  • Occupational trade licences held.
  • Proof of membership of Workplace Health and Safety Committee, or employment as a Workplace Health and Safety Officer.
  • Current First Aid certificate / CPR certificate.
  • Workplace forms that you have completed (minus client details) eg job cards.
  • Job safe work method statement or job safety assessment form (JSA) in use in your workplace.
  • Material safety data sheet (MSDS).
  • Documented quality procedures in place in your workplace.

Copy your important documents

Photocopy your important documents and have them certified as genuine copies by a Justice of the Peace or Commissioner for Declarations. 
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Complete and send the forms

Print and complete both the Self Assessment Questionnaire and the RPL Application Form and Post both of these completed forms INCLUDING your evidence to:

Keystone Training PO Box 4262 Eight Mile Plains 4113.

Assessors must make sure your skills and knowledge meet the industry standards. This means you will be involved in a careful and comprehensive assessment process that covers the content of the units of competency that you are seeking recognition for through the RPL process.
For more information about the RPL process, contact us on 07 3841 8177 or email:
[email protected]

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