How to transform your experience to qualification

Written by: Miranda Hamilton | Managing Director of Learning Partnerships | November 30, 2017

The skills and experiences developed over years throughout your career are unique and specialised to you. However, experience can be overlooked and undervalued as a qualification as it can be harder to map, translate and understand. A qualification can open doors, provide recognition and increase options. Unfortunately, qualifications also take time which is not always a possibility in busy lives. Further, if you already have the skills it may not be enticing to sit in a classroom to learn information you already know.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a valuable alternative to transforming gained work experience into a powerful narrative with a qualification: quickly, painlessly and at a much lower cost.


What is RPL?

Recognition of Prior Learning is the formal acknowledgement of a person’s current skills and knowledge no matter how, when or where the learning occurred with a Nationally Recognised Qualification. This pathway is designed for people who, through previous vocational experience and education requirements set down by the VET Qualification guidelines and you can
RPL part of or in most instances when you have been working for some time
100% of a qualification.


RPL is for people & businesses that:

• Value qualifications

• Want to develop and retain staff

• Need to beef up their own or their team’s professional profiles

• Are looking for internal promotion or job prospects

• Have a degree but would also like to recognise their management and business skills with a qualification

Most importantly it is about anyone of any age in any industry. In the past six months we have worked with people in maintenance, banking, mining, human resource managers, mechanics, salesmen, landscape gardeners and teachers.


“Having worked for corporates for most of my career I found that I had built a resume of “internally” recognised qualifications and had not invested the time in gaining external qualifications. This was both a mental barrier and a potentially limiting situation. Doing the RPL meant that all of the skills that I demonstrate in my leadership career could be acknowledged in a qualification that would be recognised and respected by others. I found the process to be simple and easy and was well supported by Learning Partnerships along the way.” 

– Rachel Jones.


Through RPL, many people have received or are in the process of receiving Diplomas in Business, Leadership and Management and Project Management or Double Diplomas for just a few extra modules.



Transforming skills to qualifications

From our experience, the key to successful RPL and transforming skills to qualifications is a committed and experienced Registered Training Organisation such as Learning Partnerships that facilitates and guides the applicant through the process. Our contribution and value is in the support, knowledge and guidance of the learners to work through and actually complete the qualification; a result that is not often supported in straight online providers.


Get Started – Qualify 2018

If you would like to know more please contact or call 4728 1555. Take advantage of our Qualify 2018 special of 25% bookings for enrolments in December and January.

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