Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the acknowledgment of skills and knowledge obtained through any combination of formal or informal training, work experience or general life experience.
RPL is a process to assess successful completion of VCAL learning outcomes through skills, knowledge and experience gained in other settings besides traditional school programs, for example, through part-time work or voluntary involvement in a community organisation.
RPL can only be applied to VCAL Work related skills (all levels), VCAL Personal development skills (all levels) and VCAL Skills for further study – Senior units. Decisions regarding RPL for VCAL Work related skills, VCAL Personal development skills and VCAL Skills for further study – Senior units – are the responsibility of the enrolling VCAL provider.
Where students have been granted RPL, evidence that demonstrates successful completion of the entire unit's learning outcomes must be completed and kept by the VCAL provider.
Providers wanting to use RPL should
contact the VCAL unit at the VCAA.