Recognition of Current Competencies (RCC) is the acknowledgement of competencies currently held by a person, acquired through training, work or life experience.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the acknowledgement of a person’s skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject or module.

Previously acquired skills and knowledge can be identified and assessed against standards set by industry and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). As part of Technology Institute of Victoria’s requirements and in the spirit of the National Training Packages, any modules completed by a participant with another provider prior to undertaking a training program with Technology Institute of Victoria, will be recognised. These requirements fulfil part of the mutual recognition regulations undertaken by Registered Training Organisation’s.

To give a practical example, if a participant completed the module BSBCMN306 Produce Business Documents with ACE Training Providers and then signed up to do Certificate III Business Administration with Technology Institute of Victoria, as part of the RPL process, Technology Institute of Victoria would recognise the prior qualification in that module provided by Ace Training Providers and exempt the participant from having to do that particular module again.

Course participants may apply for RPL and supply evidence that demonstrates that they have all the skills and knowledge relating to the competency. In cases where Technology Institute of Victoria's RPL Assessor is satisfied with the evidence supplied the participant will be granted ‘credit’ for the specified module or part of the specified module.

An integral part of the training scheme is the function of the Registered Training Organisation to recognise that participants in many instances are able to demonstrate they have prior learning (either formal of through life experience) in part of the course they are completing.

It is left to the discretion of the Registered Training Organisation to grant a candidate with exemptions of credits for units of work where they see appropriate. At the commencement of any qualification the Registered Training Organisation will provide each participant with an RPL application that contains a description of each unit that comprises the relevant training program. The participant will then familiarise themselves with these units and the competencies associated with each module. Participants may apply for credits in as many of these units and associated competencies as they see fit. Recognition is granted based on the weight of evidence that accompanies the application.

• Resume outlining the experience that has been gained in the areas that RPL has been requested
• Any letter of support from supervising managers reaffirming the candidate’s application
• Any courses that have been completed that have similar competencies
• Any part qualifications that have been completed.

Technology Institute of Victoria will provide feedback on RPL applications within 30 days of receiving the information.


  • Participants are encouraged to undertake a self-assessment against the documented standards for the module from which you are seeking credit. Your Trainer and Assessor will supply you with a copy of the module requirements and prescribed competencies
  • If you decide to proceed with the RPL application process then you must provide evidence of your competence. This may include formal training certificates, employer statement referees or references
  • Attach your evidence to a completed RPL application form
  • An RPL Assessor will review your application and a meeting will be arranged to discuss your application
  • It may be necessary to attend an interview with the RPL Assessor to ascertain further information on which the Assessor will base their decision.

 All applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application and will be given the necessary information identifying the competencies needed to complete their course of study. There is a right of appeal against the decision and applicants will be advised of this option.