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Your A-Z of important information 32 TAFE NSW – Western Sydney Institute – 2014 Student Guide Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit for Other Study If you believe that you have the skills and knowledge for part, or most, of your qualification, you may be able to complete it in less time by applying for recognition of prior learning (RPL). This means your training can be focused on the skills you most need to develop to fill those gaps required for you to complete your qualification. What are the benefits of applying for RPL? RPL may help you: • spend less time in formal study • complete your qualification faster • meet the entry requirements for higher level qualifications • avoid studying the same thing twice Note: RPL may impact on a graded qualification. How do I apply for RPL and credit? You may apply for RPL or credit of a single unit of competency or groups of competencies up to 100% of a qualification. You can apply at any time however it is best to make your applications as early as possible after enrolment. Talk to the head teacher or your teacher. See also SkillsLocker (page 35) Do you have relevant work or life experience? If you think you already have the skills and knowledge to demonstrate competency in one or more of the compulsory or elective units in the qualification you are enrolled in, you should contact your teacher as soon as possible. You may be asked to demonstrate practical skills, answer questions, produce a portfolio of evidence, attend an interview or be assessed in your workplace. Do you have other qualifications from TAFE or elsewhere? If you have studied similar units before in TAFE, other training colleges, Adult Community Education (ACE) colleges, school or university, the units or qualifications you hold may give you credit in the course you are enrolled in. Talk to your teacher or head teacher about the relevance of previous studies to your current enrolment. Do you have overseas qualifications? If you have overseas qualifications in the same or related field of study you may gain credit for up to 100% of the units in your TAFE NSW course. For more information, contact a multicultural community engagement officer. See Multicultural Education Services and Recognition. Alternatively, contact the head teacher of the qualification or the counsellor at the college. What happens if you are not satisfied with the result of your application for RPL? If you are not satisfied with your result you should arrange a review of the recognition assessment as soon as possible. Once a review is complete, if you are still not satisfied, you may lodge an appeal against the assessment decision with the head teacher of the section. Ask a customer service officer in your college for an appeal form.