What is the Difference Between a Credit Transfer and a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?  

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As one of the leading providers of safety and emergency training in Australia, SETS is committed to answering all your enquiries for a seamless learning experience. Below is one of our most frequently asked questions and if you have any other questions, you can reach out to the SETS Training and Compliance team at training@setservices.com.au.


What is the Difference between a Credit Transfer and a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)  

Credit transfer and recognition of prior learning (RPL) are two ways a student may obtain a credit towards their program of study.   


Credit Transfer

Credit transfer is an administrative process, where a training provider recognises and accepts Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation (RTO).

It allows a student to obtain a credit for successfully completing ‘equivalent’ components of a current program the student is enrolled in. The student may have been formally trained by the RTO they are currently enrolled with or by another RTO where the component is recognised as ‘equivalent’ by the current RTO.

To be granted credit transfer the student must provide evidence of a statement of attainment or qualification transcript that is certified as true copies of the originals. Where credit transfer is granted, no training needs to take place in that unit of the qualification.


For the student, it may reduce the time it takes to complete their qualification.

The Credit Transfer will appear on your qualification or statement of attainment as CT or Credit Transfer.    


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is the acknowledgement of a person’s skills and knowledge acquired through previous relevant training, work or life experience, which may be used to issue a statement of attainment or a whole qualification.


A student may apply for RPL after enrolling with the training provider. The student must supply evidence to substantiate the claim for credit. This may be a folio of all current and relevant documentation that must be assessed and verified by the RTO for RPL to be granted. Unlike credit transfer the student has not previously been assessed as being competent and must go through an assessment process to be awarded RPL.


The RPL will appear on your qualification or statement of attainment as RPL or Recognition of prior learning granted.   


For more information please contact SETS Compliance Manager at training@setservices.com.au  


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