RPL and Credit Transfer
Recognition of Prior Learning
What is RPL / RCC
RPL is recognition of prior learning and refers to prior experience and/or qualifications.
RCC is recognition of current competencies RCC used as a process in specific trades area where up to date registration is needed for certification to practice.
If an enrolling student feels they have the skills of the unit competency for the course they can apply and may be eligible for RPL/ RCC (Recognition of Prior Learning or Recognition of Current Competencies) which means they will be exempt from some of the course work.
What is Credit Transfer
Credit Transfers is when a student applies for a credit for a unit they have previously completed elsewhere. Credit Transfers are only issued if the unit is an exact match. When applying for a credit transfer, the applicant must attach a certified copy of the previous qualification, including a transcript of the course which sites the exact unit they are applying for Scroll down to download information on who can sign certified copies.
For more information on Credit Transfers, visit the credit transfers site
Eligibility for RPL/RCC
If a student wants to determine prior to commencing their course if they will be eligible for RPL/ RCC they should:
- Read the material below
- Download and complete the RPL application forms for each unit they are applying for RPL or RCC(it is the same form)
- Tick yes or no into the box for each of the performance criterias of the unit they are applying for.
- If they tick "YES" to all the performance criteria in the one unit and know they can provide evidence for each criteria, there is a good chance they will be eligible for RPL or RCC. Please note this is not a guaranteed acceptance of their application. The RPL/RCC assessor still needs to determine (after they have enrolled and submitted their application) if the evidence submitted is sufficient to grant the RPL/RCC.
Applying for RPL, RCC and Credit Transfers
All students must formally enrol into their course before they can apply for RPL, RCC or Credit Transfer. Only after a student's enrolment fees have been processed will COHST accept RPL, RCC or Credit Transfer applications. There are no additional fees to apply for RPL, RCC or a Credit Transfer and there are no discounts if you have your Credit Transfer or RPL approved. Applicants can apply for RPL for ANY or ALL the units in the course if they wish.
Students can only apply for RPL on a unit by unit basis. They CAN NOT apply for a whole assignment or for the whole course. Students need to read the elements and performance criteria for each unit and decide whether they already have the skills mentioned and if they produce evidence to support their claims.
Deadline for submitting RPL/RCC and Credit Transfers
All RPL, RCC and Credit Transfers must be submitted within 2 months of their enrolment. Late submissions will not be accepted and students will have to undertake the assignments for that course.
Applying for RPL/RCC and showing Evidence
If a student applies for RPL/RCC they must show evidence of their skills which equal the requirements of the unit. Due to AQFT evidence requirements COHST has prepared RPL Application forms for each of the units in our courses. Students must submit an individual application for each unit. The application must refer to their experience and have evidence attached to support their claim.
If a student submits a qualification (not applying for Credit Transfer) as evidence to support their RPL/RCC claim, they must produce a transcript of the qualification (which includes all the subjects in that course) and the transcript must be certified (see certified copies).
There are two types of evidence that students can submit:
- Direct Evidence - Work produced by the student, including correspondence, diary notes, completed work, plans, or anything that they have produced themselves which they have primary responsibility for.
- In-direct Evidence - Information about the student including certificates, minutes of meetings, position description, performance appraisals, letters of appreciation, references, awards or statements from managers or employers.
Please read the RPL application form carefully and follow the instructions given. If you do not provide the proper evidence and a completed Evidence Summary Sheet for each RPL unit you are applying for - your application might be rejected or you might be asked to resubmit with additional evidence.
The Evidence Summary Sheet is compulsory document and must be completed and submitted with your RPL application
Assessment Process for RPL/RCC and Credit Transfer Applications
It will take
Please note that some course assignments are made up of more than one unit therefore even though a student has gained a successful RPL,RCC or Credit Transfer they might be asked to complete other sections of an assignment to pass the assignments as a whole.
If a decision can not be made because of lack of evidence, the student will be asked to submit more evidence or asked to come into COHST Hawthorn for an RPL/RCC Assessment Panel Interview.
Forms and Documents
Additional RPL Tools
- Who can sign Certified Copies
- Evidence Summary Sheet Template (PDF)
- Declaration for Recognition of Current Competencies
- RPL Student Guide
- RPL PowerPoint presentation, easy to follow guide on how to apply for RPL, RCC and Credit
- COHST Guidelines for RPL & RCC, 2009
For additional information on RPL go to http://www.tafe.swinburne.edu.au/i2e/rpl.html.
RPL Application for COHST Qualifications
Occupational Health and Safety
BSB41604 Certificate IV in OH&S
- BSBOHS401B - Contribute to the Implementation of a Systematic Approach to Managing OH&S
- BSBOHS408A - Assist with Compliance with OH&S and other Relevant Laws
- BSBWRT401A - Write Complex Documents
- BSBOHS402B - Contribute to the Implementation of the OH&S Consultation Process
- BSBOHS403B - Identify Hazards and Assess OH&S Risks
- BSBOHS404B - Contribute to the Implementation of Strategies to Control OH&S risks
- BSBOHS405B - Contribute to the Implementation of Emergency Procedures
- BSBRSK401A - Identify Risk and Apply Risk Management Processes
- BSBRES401A - Analyse & Present Research Information
BSB51307 Diploma of OHS
- BSBOHS501B - Participate in the Coordination and Maintenance of a Systematic Approach to Managing OH&S
- BSBOHS502B - Participate in the Management of the OH&S Information and Data Systems
- BSBOHS503B - Assist in the Design and Development of OH&S Participative Arrangements
- BSBOHS504B - Apply Principles of OH&S Risk Management
- BSBOHS505B - Manage Hazards in the Work Environment
- BSBOHS507B - Facilitate the Application of Principles of Occupational Health to Control OH&S Risk
- BSBOHS508B - Participate in the Investigation of Incidents
- BSBOHS604B - Apply Ergonomic Principles to Control OH&S risk
BSB60607 Advanced Diploma of OHS
- BSBOHS601B - Develop a systematic approach to managing OHS
- BSBOHS602B - Develop OHS information and data analysis and reporting and recording processes
- BSBOHS603B - Analyse and evaluate OHS risk
- BSBOHS604B - Apply ergonomic principles to control OHS risk
- BSBOHS605B - Apply occupational hygiene principles to control OHS risk
- BSBOHS607B - Advise on application of safe design principlees to control OHS risk
- BSBOHS608B - Conduct an OHS audit
- BSBOHS609B - Evaluate an organisations OHS performance
HLT21107 Certificate II in Emergency Medical Service First Response
- HLTFA301C - Apply First Aid
- HLTFA402C - Apply Advanced First Aid
- HLTHIR301B - Communicate and Work Effectively in Health
- HLTOHS200B - Participate in OH&S Processes
- HLTAMBFC301C - Communicate with clients and colleagues to support health care. (There is a prac and lesson plan in this joint course)
- HLTIN301C - Comply with infection control policies and procedures. (There is a practical in this course)
- BSBMED301B - Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
- BSBFLM303C - Contribute to effective workplace relationships
- BSBWOR203A - Work Effectively with Others
HLT30207 Certificate III in Non-Emergency Client Transport
- CHCCS400B - Work within relevant legal and ethical framework
- HLTAMBPD401C - Manage personal stressors in the work environment
- HLTHIR402C - Contribute to organisational effectiveness in the health industry
- HLTHIR403C - Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
- HLTHIR404D - Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
- HLTAMBT301B - Transport non emergency clients under operational conditions
- HLTAP301B - Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context
- HLTFA302B - Provide First Aid in Remote Situation
BSB51607 Diploma of Quality Auditing
- BSBAUD402B - Participate in a Quality Audit
- BSBAUD501B - Initiate a Quality Audit
- BSBAUD503B - Lead a Quality Audit
- BSBAUD504B - Report on a Quality Audit
- BSBAUD504B - Apply Principles of OHS Risk Management
- BSBOHS505B - Manage Hazards in a Work Environment
- BSBOHS508B - Participate in the investigation of incident
- BSBRSK501A - Manage Risk