An RPL application must show how your experience or previous qualifications address each of the elements (and performance criteria) for the unit.
If relying on previous course results, students need to provide an original certified copy, certified by a Justice of the Peace or the issuing institution. If relying on previous results from non-building courses (e.g. architecture and engineering) students will need to provide the RTO with the course outline of the relevant subjects.
An RPL application may be based on work experience from paid full-time employment. Physical evidence of work must be provided, accompanied by written testimony by a holder of the relevant occupational licence, or - in those jurisdictions where this does not exist - the relevant professional accreditation. In the case of building this means:
- Chartered (registered on the National Building Professionals Register - NBPR) or licensed (by the state regulator) builders
- Quantity surveyors accredited by the AIQS or registered on the NBPR.
- Licensed or statutorily accredited building surveyors (by the state regulator - employment by a council is not in itself sufficient) or registered on the NBPR
License or accreditation number must be provided.
Written testimony must state where and when the work was done, and what the student actually did (with reference to the unit's elements and performance criteria).
You can not be granted RPL for previous studies at a lower AQF level – e.g. Certificate III study does not provide RPL for Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma studies.
You can not be granted RPL for a unit in which only some elements have been achieved; however, RTOs may conduct assessments - either on site, or on a simulated site – to assess those elements 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.