Recognition of Prior Learning


What is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) helps you find out how far your skills and experience can take you toward the completion of a specific qualification, and therefore how much training you will need to complete before being awarded a qualification.

Any previous formal training or study you may have done can also contribute to the assessment of how many ‘units of training’ within a qualification you have already fully or partially completed.

An RPL assessment could help cut down the amount of study you are required to do and reduce the time it will take you to complete a qualification.

Gaining a qualification is a formal recognition that you have enhanced your skills and capabilities in your industry, something that helps open up employment and career opportunities for you.


RPL Assessment

The assessment of your skills and training in relation to the qualification you want to complete is made by a ‘Registered Training Organisation’ (RTO). Each RTO may have slightly different processes for conducting an assessment, however, all applications require you to gather evidence of your claims.

An assessor will then analyse the evidence you provide in a number of way, perhaps through question and answer, a written test or by asking you to complete a task that demonstrates your competence or ability to complete that task.


Examples of Types of Evidence

Direct Evidence

  • Certificates from courses including training courses and formal qualifications – this could be supported by log books or training record books;
  • Samples of your work – this could be supported by an actual demonstration of the skills needed to produce the work, or photos or videos of the work being performed;
  • Current licences that you hold or memberships of professional associations;
  • Referees statements or references from employers, supervisors or clients;
  • Pay slips or Group Certificates.

General Evidence

  • Your CV or resume will help set out your work history and your ‘life experience’ as you detail your interests outside your work history;
  • Statements of support or references relating to your involvement in community activities;
  • Written references or performance assessments from past employers.


Key resources


Registered Training Organisations [RTO]

To search for an RTO that delivers Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse visit:


Traineeship & Apprenticeship Information

Australian Apprenticeships encompass all apprenticeships and traineeships. They combine time at work with training and can be full-time, part-time or school-based.

Australian Apprenticeships are the best way to combine training and employment and they can lead to a nationally recognised qualification. Australian Apprenticeships are available to anyone of working age and do not require any entry qualifications. You can be a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or simply wishing to change careers.

Australian Apprenticeships offer:

  • A great way to get a head start in a chosen career.
  • Paid work and structured training that can be on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both.
  • ‘Competency based’ which means you can complete your training faster if you reach the required skills level.
  • Existing skills and prior experience are recognised and course credit granted, potentially reducing formal training time. Available as full-time or part-time, also available part-time in many schools.
  • Leads to nationally recognised qualifications and skills which provide the basis for further education and training over the course of your working life.
  • A pathway from school to work.

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AgriFoodSkills Australia

AgriFoods is the key body on skills, training and workforce development issues for the national agrifood industry: rural and related industries, food processing, meat, seafood and racing. Veterinary Nursing comes under Rural & Related Industries

AgriFood Skills Australia provides accurate industry intelligence on current and future skill needs and training requirements for the agrifood industry.

Copies of the national training package for Veterinary Nursing is available from