Frequently Asked Questions


What is credit transfer?

Credit transfer is an administrative process, where a training provider recognises and accepts qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation (RTO). It enables you to obtain credit for already, successfully, completed formal training which is equivalent to a component of the new qualification you want to enrol in. To be granted credit transfer you must provide evidence of successful completion of the component, generally in the form of a training certificate or transcript. Where credit transfer is granted, no training needs to take place in that component of the program. This may reduce the time it takes to complete your new qualification.

For Example: If you have completed the Cert II in Automotive Body Repair - Auto Glazing you can use the components you completed to obtain this qualification towards completing the Cert III in Auto Glass Technology this will reduce the number of new training components you need to complete or provide evidence for and make the RPL process much simpler.

What is RPL?

RPL or Recognition of Prior Learning, is the process of recognising the skills and experience you already have and turning them into a nationally recognised qualification.

It involves getting your current experience and knowledge acquired through previous relevant training, work or life experience assessed and taking it into account to grant status or credit in a subject or a qualification. Unlike credit transfer you have not previously been assessed as being competent and must go through an assessment process to be awarded RPL. 

How do I know if I am eligible for RPL?

If you have solid experience and knowledge in the auto glass repair industry, then you may be eligible or at least very close to attain a related qualification via RPL. 

I have no qualifications from my industry, but I have skills, knowledge and experience gained from working in that industry. What can I do to have these skills recognised?

The RPL process takes into account all relevant skills, knowledge and experience that you have. Through the RPL process, you may be able to gain a complete qualification or, if you have gaps in your knowledge, parts of a qualification. If you need to, you can complete the rest of the qualification through training.

Why would I bother with RPL? 

RPL is generally faster than completing a qualification from scratch and provides you with the opportunity to have your skills formally recognised. The qualification you get is the same that you would get if you completed a full training qualification but with the added bonus that you won’t spend time going over things you already know, making it faster.

How much experience do I need to have?

Generally, you must be able to demonstrate that you have above and beyond the experience displayed by say an apprentice or trainee that has completed a similar qualification. You will be  assessed on the skills you have acquired to ensure you are competent in all areas including your knowledge and understanding of Australian standards and industry regulations, as well as your practical skills.

I am in NSW and don't have any other qualification, can I get my trade certificate immediately after?

As soon as you receive your qualification you are able to apply for your Trades Persons Certificate and will need to provide a copy of your Certificate and Academic transcript.

Does RPL have the same requirements as other assessments?

Yes. The RPL assessment process is as rigorous as any other assessment. However, the type of evidence that you need to provide may be different. Importantly though, the RPL process is flexible. You and your assessor will discuss and determine the evidence you can provide.

Is it easier just to enrol in the subjects?

Going through RPL can save you time, effort, and money. 

How difficult is it for me to apply for RPL?

If you decide RPL is right for you, applying for RPL and going through the assessment process should be straightforward visit our RPL Process page.

What is involved in the assessment process?

Once you have decided that RPL is suitable for you, you will be required to gather evidence which proves your competence. You may also be required to: answer questions about your work experience in an interview; demonstrate your skills and knowledge by completing practical tasks or showing your assessor how you would complete a task; and provide supporting evidence such as a résumé, job description, reports from employers/supervisors. This evidence must confirm that you have shown competence over a period of time and can work under different conditions.

If I need help at any time during the process, what can I do?

Your RTO assessor is there to help you. Contact your assessor at any time if you are not sure what to do or if you need help to gather evidence. 

Is study I completed many years ago acceptable as evidence for RPL?

Yes, but you will need to show how you have applied and maintained the skills and knowledge. 

What if I can't find my old qualifications?

Contact the organisation where you completed your training as they may be able to provide you with a copy of your qualification. If you cannot get a copy of your qualification, you can still go through a RPL process. However, you will need to show your competence in some other way. 

Can I just show the assessor my skills rather than have to dig out old qualifications or training records?

Yes. You can demonstrate your skills and knowledge without having to present your qualifications. 

What can I do if I am not happy with the result of my RPL application?

If you are not happy with the outcome of your RPL application, you should discuss this with your assessor and the RTO, they will also have a dispute resolution process.



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