ARTIBUS acknowledges the work that the CPSISC undertook with the Australian Institute of Building (incorporated by Royal Charter) to provide this information:
Recogntion of Prior Learning (RPL) Procedures
Each RPL application requires for each Unit:
Specific statements as to how your experience or previous qualifications address each and all of the Elements (and Performance Criteria) of learning for any given Unit.
A RPL successful RPL submission for any given unit can be based on any mixture of previous qualifications and experience.
It should also be noted that:
If relying on previous results from non-building courses (e.g. architecture and engineering) students will need to provide the RTO the course outline of the relevant subjects.
If relying on previous results (regardless of course) students need to provide an original certified copy (NOT merely a photocopy) certified by a Justice of the Peace or by the institution from which you graduated.
If basing the RPL application on work experience, it needs to be in paid full time employment– but you must provide physical evidence of the same, which in turn must be accompanied by an original written testimony by a holder of the relevant occupational licence (and in those jurisdictions which this does not exist, the relevant professional accreditation – in the case of building this means:
- Chartered (registered on the National Building Professionals Register [NBPR]) and/or Licensed (by the appropriate State regulator at the appropriate level) Builders;
- Quantity Surveyors accredited by the AIQS and/or registered on the National Building Professionals Register (NBPR);
- Licensed or statutorily accredited Building Surveyors ([by the appropriate State regulator at the appropriate level] not merely Council employees) or registered on the National Building Professionals Register(NBPR); Quoting their license or accreditation number (engineers [because they are not regulated by statute in three States and the 2 Territories]) and architects (because many use this title even though they may not be registered with the various State and Territory Architect Registration
Boards are only accepted if they are one of the above) that the work cited:
- Was actually the student's; with
- A clear statement of what the student actually did (in reference to specific elements of learning); and
- Where and when it was actually carried out; and
- That they specifically agree with the claims you have made and the examples you have cited.
You can NOT be granted RPL for any Unit based on previous studies (even if successful) at a lower AQF (Australian Qualification Framework) level – e.g. trade study does NOT result in RPL from Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma studies etc.
You can NOT be granted RPL for satisfactorily addressing say 5 out of 6 Elements of Learning (or how many there are for any given Unit) will NOT result in RPL for that Unit.
However, and RTO may conduct assessments - either on site, or on a simulated site – for those Elements of Learning that the student applying for RPL did not adequately address.
See attached document for more information.
For more information on the Standards for RTOs relevant to RPL, see Standard 1.8 and Standard 3.5.