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College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts

Recognition for prior learning (RPL)

Make your skills and experience count towards a VET qualification

What is Recognition of prior learning (RPL)?

Recognition of Prior Learning is a process that determines whether the skills, knowledge and experience you've gained through your previous study, work or life experience can count towards a vocational training qualification at CDU.

At the College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts, we want to help you realise your career dreams and RPL is one way to help you get qualified faster. 

Please note that other CDU Colleges may also offer RPL. 

Express your interest to find out more.

Programs where RPL might be considered

Training and assessment

Are you looking for a career change and interested in training others in your industry?

Maybe you have an older Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and haven’t updated it yet.

Do you

  • Facilitate training in your workplace to groups of eight (8) or more
  • Plan and facilitate training in your workplace for individuals
  • Participate in assessment validation sessions
  • Design training programs against national units of competency
  • Plan and design assessments against national units of competency

Certificates include

You may be able to apply for recognition of your existing skills and knowledge and get a start on your TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Find out more and lodge your expression of interest.


VET educators

Diplomas include

  • Diploma of Vocational Education and Training (TAE50116)
  • Diploma of Training Design and Development (TAE50216)
Do you qualify for RPL? 

Are you an experienced (3+ years) VET Educator wanting recognition for your skills?

  • I train and mentor new VET trainers and assessors
  • I regularly design training and assessment strategies
  • I systematically plan my industry and VET professional development and regularly participate in PD activities
  • I design and develop learning resources
  • I design and develop elearning resources
  • I lead VET assessment validation
  • I facilitate training in a variety of contexts
  • I facilitate elearning
  • I assess VET learners in a variety of contexts, and mentor new assessors
  • I support learners to develop their LLN skills, and help less experienced trainers and assessors with their LLN practice
  • I plan and implement training evaluation
  • I identify training needs within an organisation and provide training advice

CDU has a supported RPL program providing support with an online tutorial to guide you through gathering your evidence, covering one unit each month.

Find out more and lodge your expression of interest.


School-based education support

Whether you’re already working in the education sector, want to work in a school, or further develop your education support skills, you could have your existing skills and experience counted as credit towards a certificate in school-based education support.

Certificates include

What skills may be considered for RPL?
  • Currently working in an education setting.
  • Regularly attend school based professional development.
  • Contribute to the health and safety of children and/or young people.
  • Worked with children with additional needs and contributed to their development.
  • Actively involved in the school community.
  • Worked with staff and children from diverse backgrounds and demonstrated an understanding of and respect for others and their culture.
  • Supported children and/or young people with their mathematical understanding.
  • Support the development of literacy skills in children and/or young people.

Find out more and lodge your expression of interest.

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Apply for Recognition of Prior Learning to have your previous training, life and work experience counted towards a vocational training qualification at CDU - which means you've won't have to re-learn what you already know. RPL assessments are free for eligible NT residents.

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