Everything you need to know about Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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At Torrens University, experience counts just as much as your educational background. That’s why we take all the formal and informal learning you’ve done into account when you apply for courses with us. We call this our Recognition of Prior Learning policy, and it could see you score a reduction in the length or cost of your course.

What is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?

Recognition of Prior Learning is the consideration of skills and knowledge you may have already gained through formal qualifications as well as informal and non-formal learning through the method of an RPL assessment. This can include work experience, prior formal studies, short courses and professional development.

We recognise the knowledge and experience your previous study and/or work has given you, and it may make you eligible for credit towards your course and a reduction in tuition costs. 

How to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning?

Learning as the result of work or life experience, self-tuition, hobby or leisure activities (informal learning) or a structured course that does not lead to an officially accredited qualification (non-formal learning) may be credited against your degree with us in just the same way as formal qualifications are. 

“Thanks to Recognition of Prior Learning, I gained subject credit for my previous relevant study experience. This meant I completed my course in less time and saved on the tuition, which made a big difference” Scott Young, Torrens University MBA student said. 
 
“The Course and Careers Advisors helped me through the application process and I was happy to get a step ahead. It helped me get started in my career faster.”

Any experience you’re claiming must be relevant to the qualification you are applying for. For example, a knitting hobby probably won’t be able to be credited against a business degree, but if you’ve been marketing and selling your creations as a sole trader, that might qualify. 

Each application is assessed individually. Students explain how their experience matches learning outcomes to the of the subjects covered in your course. And then that submission is evaluated by academics who are leading professionals in their field.

To apply for Recognition of Prior Learning, you need to fill out the Application for Recognition of Prior Learning form and supply documents as evidence of your prior learning and/or experience. 

Evidence for an RPL assessment can come in a wide range of forms, including:

  • letters from employers/references (on business letterhead)
  • curriculum vitae, and corroborating evidence
  • work documents/job statement and evidence of process
  • portfolios containing samples of work
  • interviews
  • presentations or practical demonstrations
  • challenge exam
  • performance review evidence
  • non-award professional development courses, and other non-AQF awards and certificates
  • recognition of merit or industry awards

Are you eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning?

You’ll first need to have an offer of enrolment and the standard entry requirements for Torrens University Australia still apply. 

If you have questions about the policy and your individual situation, you can speak to our Course and Careers Advisors to discuss your prior learning experiences and how they can be credited towards your degree.   

For more details, please read our Higher Education Recognition of Prior Learning Procedure.

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