Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT) FAQs

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT) Frequently Asked Questions

Credit Transfer may be granted if you have completed a unit of competency in a previous qualification. To be granted Credit Transfer, ECTARC requires evidence of successful completion of the unit. To do this you must provide ECTARC with a copy of your Statement of Attainment OR academic transcript on enrolment. This will be verified through the USI Portal or by ECTARC contacting the issuing RTO to verify the document/s you provide. Once this evidence is verified, Credit Transfer will be granted for the relevant unit/s.

Recognition of Prior Learning is an assessment process where you, as the candidate, can provide evidence of previous experience and studies or professional development to demonstrate that you hold the required skills and knowledge of one or more units of competency. Previous experience may include (but is not limited to) paid or voluntary work, life experience, professional development or formal qualifications.  

RPL is suited to candidates who have demonstrated experience in an education and care service or equivalent. For those wishing to apply for RPL for a full qualification, ECTARC recommends a minimum of 5 years’ experience, working in a variety of roles within an education and care service, to ensure you will have the experience and will be able to provide sufficient evidence for everything required for a full qualification. You can also apply for RPL for a single unit where you hold the required skills or knowledge and have had workplace experience. 

Evidence to demonstrate competence against a unit of competency will include:  

  • Competency Conversation: an ECTARC TDO will discuss you previous experience with you to determine the extent of their skills and knowledge for each unit of competency. 
  • Practical Assessment: an ECTARC TDO will observe you in the workplace to ensure that you are performing the practical skills required in a unit of competency. 
  • Portfolio: you will provide a portfolio of evidence of previous experiences, such as testimonials, copies of previous qualifications, statements of participation in professional development, photographs and examples of your work.