Recognition of prior learning

Have you studied before, or gained significant work experience in the past? Then you may qualify for study credits from the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) for recognised prior learning (RPL).


What is recognition of prior learning (RPL)?

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) defines recognised prior learning as the assessment of an individual’s relevant prior learning (including formal, informal and non-formal learning) to determine the credit outcomes of an individual application for credit.

This means your existing skills and knowledge are sometimes recognised and count towards the credits you need to acquire to receive AHRI’s BSB40420 Certificate IV in Human Resources Management.

How is RPL assessed?

An AHRI qualified assessor will assess your skills and knowledge aligned to the relevant BSB40420 Certificate IV in Human Resource Management unit/s of competency using:

  • Part A: Information and work samples you have provided against the
    relevant unit of competency elements
  • Part B: Your responses to knowledge questions

How do I apply for RPL?

RPL applications and supporting documents must be submitted prior to the enrolment close date for each study intake. This will allow for either RPL being granted and/or enrolment in the relevant topic/s.

Here’s a step-by-step guide of the RPL application process:

  1. Candidate informs AHRI of intent to apply for RPL by downloading an RPL Request Form and returning the completed form to [email protected]
  2. AHRI provides candidate with a copy of the RPL Candidate Guide and RPL Application which contains information regarding the written responses and the range and types of evidence the candidate must provide.
  3. Candidate completes the RPL Application and with supporting evidence to demonstrate competence in the relevant topics, and submits with payment.
  4. AHRI assigns a qualified assessor to review evidence and conduct RPL assessment.

What is credit transfer?

Credit Transfer (CT) is defined by the AQF as “a process that provides students with agreed and consistent credit outcomes for components of a qualification based on identified equivalence in content and learning outcomes between matched qualifications.”

This means that where a student has been deemed competent in a previous unit of study, they may be eligible to receive recognition for that study as a ‘credit’ for an equivalent competency in AHRI’s BSB40420 package. Students must supply formal AQF certification documentation with their application for credit. This documentation must be issued by another RTO or AQF authorising issuing organisation or Statement of Attainment or certified VET transcripts.

Note that providing credit for previous studies is not recognition of prior learning. RPL is an assessment-only pathway of determining the competence of a person, while providing credit is recognising the equivalence in content and learning outcomes between different types of learning and/or qualifications previously undertaken and completed successfully.

A credit transfer will only apply where:

  • The student holds the same unit as included in the course they are
    enrolling into
  • The student holds an old unit that is deemed equivalent (by training
    package) to the new unit in the course they’re enrolling into.
  • The qualifications are less than 10 years old

Sometimes the unit will have been superseded and deemed as equivalent. Other times, the unit will have been superseded but not deemed as equivalent. AHRI can only grant credit where the unit has been deemed by the Training Package as equivalent.

How do I apply for a credit transfer?

CT applications and supporting documents (i.e. Statement of Attainment) must be submitted prior to the enrolment close date for each study intake.

Here’s a step-by-step guide of the Credit Transfer application process:

  1. The candidate informs AHRI of their intent to apply for CT by completing an CT Request Form and then submits the completed form via email to [email protected]
  2. AHRI’s Student Support team confirms all units are deemed equivalent and \ confirms if the credit transfer has been accepted
  3. AHRI confirms if the credit transfer has been accepted and will enrol you into your remaining units.

This is a nationally-accredited vocational program recognised throughout Australia.
RTO provider number: 110087

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