There are many examples of individuals in the workforce who have years of work experience, but no formal evidence to show this experience. These individuals have extensive skills, knowledge, and life experience as well. Without recognition, often such individuals lose out in many ways such as:

There are many examples of individuals in the workforce who have years of work experience, but no formal evidence to show this experience.

RPL Process

These individuals have extensive skills, knowledge, and life experience as well. Without recognition, often such individuals lose out in many ways such as:

  • Lack of promotions in the workplace
  • Difficulty in employability when changing jobs           
  • Lack of mobility in employment
  • Lack of social exclusion
  • Lack of self-esteem

Professional Development via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a winner. During COVID-19 Luminous Education Australia assisted numerous individuals to get RPL, and a formal business diploma qualification. These individuals:

  • Got a formal qualification
  • Applied for jobs and managed to get job interviews, because without formal certification it is difficult to be called for interviews.
  • Got the job they wanted.

Added to the above, these individuals:

  • Increased their self-esteem for what they accomplished with a new job
  • 2-individuals used their newfound Diploma of Business and ended up studying for a Bachelor of Business degree, which they could not dream of before.

Purpose of RPL

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is a process that recognises formal and informal learning, and experience, and gives individuals formal qualifications and certification.

RPL was introduced in Australia in 1992 as part of the national framework for the recognition of training. Initially, it was introduced for vocational education and training, and adult education. Now RPL has developed further in Australia and is accepted for the purpose of certifying individuals with life and work experience. Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) encourages the following for individuals:

  • RPL as a pathway for certification
  • Opportunities to university degrees
  • Saving time and money with cross credits to reduce time at university
  • Encourage Australian government policy shift towards achieving higher levels of education among a wider proportion of the population.
  • Studying while working because many individuals end up joining the workforce after leaving school.

Decline In RPL

According to research done by National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Exploring the recognition of prior learning in Australian VET by Kristen Osborne and Cameron Serich published in June 2020, RPL trend is in decline.

The rate of RPL granted has been falling over the past four years (figure 1). In 2015, 6.5% of successfully completed subjects had an RPL-granted result, compared with 4.8% in 2018.

Rate of RPL granted in successfully completed subjects

Source: National VET Provider Collection, 2019

Take Advantage of RPL

It is suggested that individuals with reasonable life and work experience takes steps to enhance their career with RPL. This will make things happen to your career, and you will see more success ahead.

Contact Luminous Education Australia to discuss how RPL can work for you to complete a Business diploma with us.