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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The idea behind recognition of prior learning is that you have experience and skills and currently work in the field in which the qualification relates to. For example, if you were interested in doing a Certificate III in Carpentry, you would need to be able to demonstrate that you currently work as a carpenter and possess the skills, knowledge and experience which would be required to pass each unit of competency for the course.

Units of Competency

Each qualification is made up of units of competency. A set number of these units are compulsory and must be completed to obtain the qualification. There are a set number of elective units which must also be completed. These can be chosen from a list of many. Choose the electives that best reflect your experience and prior learning

Enrolment and Duration of the Program

Your enrolment will be for one year, however most candidates complete their qualification within 2 – 6 months depending on their individual circumstances. The length of time of your enrolment does not affect the level of fees you pay.


Before the RPL Kit is released to you and you meet with your assessor for the first time, you will need to pay a deposit of $1150 which is made of up $1000 course fees and a $150 non-refundable administration fee. The balance of the fees are paid according to an agreed payment schedule and must be paid in full prior to a Certificate or Statement of Attainment being issued.

Course fees for RPL are shown below:

Upon receiving your application for RPL, the fees applicable needs to be established based on the RPL subsidy received for the Qualification and the GAP training requirement (if any). In all cases prospective client will be provided with the itemised fee statement prior to commencement of any RPL process.

Overview of the Recognition of Prior Learning Process

Once all of the steps in your application process have been finalised, an Assessor will be assigned to you and together you will work through the following process:

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The Application Review

Your Assessor will work with you to confirm that you have supplied all of the relevant information, evidence and fee payments required in order for you to begin the program.

The Interview and Document Review

You will be given forms to complete in which you will supply as much information as you can about your previous experience. This is the first of many opportunities to provide proof of your experience in the industry. In completing this step, supply any examples or evidence of your work history which could include:


Any licences or tickets (e.g. crane, elevated work platforms, scaffolding);
A brief CV or work history;
Any relevant certificates/trade papers/assessment results you have – Victorian, interstate or overseas;
Any results/statement of attendance/certificates you have – vendor training courses, in-house courses, workshops, seminars, symposiums;
Photographs/DVDs/video evidence of work undertaken by you;
Work documents e.g. diaries, task sheets, job sheets, log books, site training records, invoices etc.;
Any other records that will help to establish your prior learning.
Depending on where you have worked, you may not have documentary evidence readily available. This should not deter you from seeking RPL as the Assessor will work with you during the RPL process.

You will also need to supply contact details of two work referees who can confirm your skills in the industry.

The Competency Conversations

Your Assessor will review the information you have provided (usually with you) and begin to match up your skills to the units/subjects in the qualification. At this point, you will have the opportunity to discuss and identify your previous experience with your Assessor who will understand your industry experience and conduct a competency conversation with you. You will be required to answer specific and general building and construction industry related questions to identify your current skills.

The Practical Assessments

Your Assessor will conduct practical skills tests at your workplace (if appropriate) or at another suitable venue. This, again, is an opportunity to demonstrate your level of competence. This assessment will be focused on skills that are required in the qualification. Your assessor will identify the skills that he/she will want you to demonstrate.

Further steps

After the assessment, your Assessor will give you information about the skills that have been recognised and whether you have gained the full qualification. If you do have skill gaps, these may be addressed through flexible training.

CPD Points

If you are a Registered Building Practitioner (RBP), Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the ongoing learning you choose to undertake that helps you keep up-to-date with industry changes like legislation or the latest in industry products.

By continuing to grow your CPD Points, you continue to reap the benefits of:

• Better products
• Better business practices
• A safer working environment
• Fewer disputes

and, most importantly…
• satisfied customers whose recommendation is priceless

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You can grow your CPD Points by attending industry conferences, seminars, meetings, information sessions or other CPD approved activities.
As authorised CPD Provider for the Victoria Building Authority (VBA), TIV provides various seminars and services to accommodate to your needs.

To gain further information in relation to CPD Points, call us today on 9399 9511 to see how can we assist you in increasing your CPD points, growing your business, developing your client base and improving the quality of your work.