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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

What is R.P.L ?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that assesses an individual's formal and informal learning to determine the extent to which that individual has achieved the required competency outcomes. Many vocational learners posses skills that may not have the backing of formal qualifications or education.  Understanding that various skills can be applied outside of the original field for which they may have been intended is paramount to ensuring that a student's journey through vocational education and training may not necessarily need to be as long, as costly or as complicated as it may at first appear. It has all the same requirements as other types of assessment.

It involves collecting evidence and making judgements on whether competence has been achieved. Evidence can be collected through:

  • Examination of work samples

  • Examination of relevant documents 

  • Professional conversations

  • Observation and questioning

  • Challenge tests

RPL Fees:


Recognition of prior learning can be a very extensive and lengthy process requiring exhaustive investigation and assessment of a multitude of varying documents.  The process by its very nature is a one-on-one process where an AMFA trainer is required to spend considerable time in assessing an RPL application.  Therefore, AMFA must charge for the RPL process and it is AMFA's policy that the cost for such a process is kept in line with 50% of the full fee course cost.


For more information contact our Client Services Team.

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