Mutual Recognition - RPL

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Authorised by:
Wayne Tonner - Chief Executive Officer
Last Reviewed:
September 19, 2023

Policy Statement

Asset Training acknowledges the principal of mutual recognition and therefore recognises for the purpose of client accreditation “Statements of Attainment” and “Certificates of Qualification” issued by other Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) within Australia. Mutual recognition will be used in the processes of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer where applicable.

Trainers/Assessors and staff are made aware of the organisation's obligation to recognise AQF qualifications issued by other RTOs. Trainers/Assessors and staff are expected to provide information on mutual recognition to all students.  Asset Training shall request from all students any prior certificates received in relation to the course they have applied for. They will ensure they receive the original or a certified copy of the certification. Qualifications submitted to Asset Training for mutual recognition are checked for authenticity, completeness and compliance with the current AQTF Standards.


Recognition of prior learning can avoid unnecessary training and save time in getting a qualification. It can also benefit other areas of the client’s life, for example:

·        Re-entry to the workforce.

·        Job promotion.

·        Reduced study load.

·        Career change or improvement.

·        Moving from volunteer work to paid employment.

·        Better planning of future training.


Step 1

Students will need to consider what evidence they have and they must be able to demonstrate their skills and knowledge. They must be able to show their skills are current and are meeting industry standards.Examples of evidence could include:

·        A variety of materials including training certificates, photos of work examples, a resume, performance reviews.

·        Work samples.

·        Practical demonstrations in the workplace.

·        Assessment interviews.

·        References and support from supervisors or others in the community.

Step 2

Clients would need to make an appointment with the Trainer/Assessor to talk about how their skills may be 'assessed'.

Step 3

If the client’s skills match those required in a particular job or industry and can be verified, they may choose to proceed with the process to have their skills formally recognised.



RPL – Recognition of prior learning is also referred to as RPL or recognition of current competencies. This is the formal recognition of a person's current skills and knowledge and does not discriminate on how, when or where the learning occurred. Clients may have never formally studied or trained but may have gained knowledge and skills through education, life experience and training at work. Recognition of prior learning is suitable for people who have industry relevant:

·        Work skills or knowledge.

·        Paid or unpaid work experience.

·        Life experience.

·        Community work experience.


It shall be the responsibility of the Chief Executive Officer and Training Centre Manager to ensure that the requirements of this policy are complied with. This policy shall be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that it continues to comply with relevant state or federal legislation or regulation.