Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the acknowledgement of your current skills, which you have obtained through formal training or work and life experience. BEST will recognise all Statements of Attainments and Qualification Certificates issued by other Registered Training Organisations within Australia.

How do I get a Qualification without attending a course?

In Vocational Education and Training (VET) Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) are required to be flexible in how we allow candidates to prove their competency, skills and knowledge against a particular qualification.

BEST have worked hard to ensure our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) processes are fair flexible, valid and reliable to assist you gaining the recognition you deserve for your hard work and years of experience. RPL is a process of providing evidence that you are already operating at the required standard for the qualification. We provide a set of instructions to follow in order to help you get together the evidence we need.

How do I complete the RPL process?

All the evidence you need to complete the RPL is detailed on our instructions.

Our Trainers are available to support the student throughout the process via telephone Skype and email.

Our assessors act immediately to provide timely feedback and issue the qualification if ‘competent’

Candidates have 6 months to complete their RPL process. Extensions are granted on a case-by-case basis

What do I need to complete the RPL?

BEST will provide an RPL request which outlines all the evidence and activities required to complete the qualification.

Evidence must be Valid, Sufficient,Current and Authentic so we need:

  • Your resume (outlining your experience within the industry)
  • Third party observation(by a supervisor in the industry)
  • 2 business references (testimonials from clients/ employer)
  • Qualifications or Certificates of training courses undertaken.
  • Activities (in some qualifications you will be instructed to complete questions to determine current skills and knowledge) OR
  • Case files (you may need to submit relevant specific case files)
  • Student declaration (it is your own work and acknowledges completion of the RPL)

How am I assessed?

Once you have submitted all your assessments. The assessor will make a judgement on your competency and will provide feedback and advice regarding any units you did not meet the competency requirements.

You must demonstrate competency with no more than two (2) re-submissions. The assessor will identify any gaps in your skill/knowledge and suggest further training to be completed. Any gap training will incur an additional cost. 

Can I fail this qualification?

We pride ourselves on the support we give. In the VET sector there is no pass or fail with RPL. If the assessor determines that you have not successfully demonstrated some of the skills and knowledge, the assessor (at no additional cost) will assist to identify what gap training is required. You can still get RPL for the individual units you were assessed competent in. If you are not satisfied with the outcome, you can appeal the decision. Please look at the appeals process.


On successful completion of the RPL process the Qualification will be issued.