Credit Transfer vs Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

 In Fire & Emergency

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Explained

Are you ready to enrol in safety and emergency response training in Perth but think that you may already have covered some of the content during a different course or learning experience? 

A credit transfer and recognition of prior learning (RPL) are two ways a student may obtain 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 credit for successfully completing equivalent components of the current program they are 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. 

Things you need to know about Credit Transfers:  

  • To be granted credit transfer, you must provide evidence of a statement of attainment or qualification transcript certified as true copies of the originals. 
  • The process involves mapping, comparing and evaluating learning outcomes you have already achieved to evaluate their equivalency.
  • When credit transfer is granted, no training needs to take place in that unit of the qualification.
  • A successful credit transfer can mean a reduction in the time it takes to complete your 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 a training provider.

Things you need to know about RPL:

  • You must supply evidence to substantiate the claim for credit.
  • Evidence may be a folio of all current and relevant documentation that must be assessed and verified by the RTO for RPL to be granted.
  • The process involves matching what you already know against the learning outcomes of the course you are enrolled in.
  • As you have not previously been assessed as being competent and you 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.


Looking for help to determine what pathways you could utilise for our WA emergency response and rescue training?

SETS have a highly experienced training team who are always ready and willing to help answer any questions or assess qualifications for RPL. Simply send us your qualifications and let us know what courses you’re looking to enrol in. 

Reach out to the SETS office on (08) 9240 5191 or email for assistance.

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