If you have experience or studies relevant to your chosen course you can apply to have these skills recognised through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) towards your formal qualification.
If successful, this may mean that you receive course credit toward your formal qualification and/or are exempted from having to complete certain units or modules in your study program.
Your skills and knowledge may have been gained through work, formal study, volunteering, informal or formal training, social activities, self taught or general life experiences.
When you apply for RPL you are asked to provide evidence of your skills and studies. This evidence can include certification, academic transcripts, subject descriptions, testimonials, references from employers and work samples.
This evidence of your knowledge and skills is then measured against the equivalent module(s) or unit(s) in the relevant course. If you are successful, you will be assessed as having already completed those modules or units in your course. This will enable you to complete your studies in less time and at less cost. Fees do apply for this process.
If you are applying before enrolment, please send your documentation with your online application. If you are applying after enrolment, make sure that you bring your information and speak to your program coordinator. You must apply for RPL within two weeks of your course starting.
TAFE South Australia’s practice of Recognition of Prior Learning will be consistent with the conditions of the Educational Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 and the National Code of Practice 2007. If course credits or exemptions are granted through RPL this may reduce the duration of the course. If this occurs before a student visa is granted, TAFE South Australia will advise the student of the course duration, as per the reduction granted by RPL.
If course credits or exemptions are granted after a student visa is granted, the student must be notified of any course duration changes and the change in length of the course will be recorded in the Provider Registration and International Student Management System (PRISMS) as per the ESOS Act 2000.
Students who have received course credits or exemptions must continue to keep their enrolment load at a level to allow them to complete their course within the expected duration.
“Course credit: Exemption from enrolment in a particular part of the course as a result of previous study, experience or recognition of a competency currently held. Includes academic credit and recognition of prior learning” (National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007).