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All students who choose to complete training at Bellarine Training and Community Hub will be given the opportunity to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for industry skills or life skills, or where credit or credit transfer may apply.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) acknowledges the full range of an individual’s skills and knowledge, irrespective of how it has been acquired. This includes competencies gained through formal study, work experience, employment and other life experiences.

Students wishing to apply for RPL should speak to their trainer or Bellarine Training and Community Hub student liaison officer at the time of ‘enrolment’. If a student wishes to apply for RPL for past qualifications and/or experience, the application must be made within two weeks of enrolment. Your trainer or Ocean Grove Neighbourhood Centres student liaison officer will provide you with the relevant application form. He/she will also inform the applicant as to the outcomes of units within the course, to clarify whether the application is likely to be successful or partially successful.

If you have a prior Qualification or a Statement of Attainment issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework from any state or territory, the RTO will automatically give exemptions for those units of competency provided they are current. Credit transfer will be provided on the student record.


RPL is assessed against the units of competency in a program based on the completion of one or a combination of the following:

  • Review of Evidence including relevant Formal Qualifications.
  • Interviews
  • Confirmation of Testimonials
  • Validated Workplace Logbooks
  • Skills/Challenge testing
  • Written/Oral reviews

The steps for RPL:

  • Student/trainee requests recognition at enrolment;\
  • Appropriate qualification is identified at enrolment;
  • Appropriate competency is identified at enrolment;
  • Trainer or student liaison officer will advise student/trainee of evidence required; The student/trainee will be given access to the full curriculum so they can clearly identify the learning outcomes or competencies they have to apply;
  • Student/trainee collects evidence to support claim for RPL, which must be submitted to RTO within two weeks. An application form should be completed and forwarded, with any supporting evidence, to the training consultant;
  • RTO will then analyse individual experience and qualifications against appropriate learning outcomes/competency statements, the Trainer and Student liaison officer will complete this process.
  • If claim matches learning outcomes/competencies then full recognition is granted;
  • If claim does not match learning outcomes/competencies then further evidence will be requested, this may also involve an interview where applicant will support his/her case. Further evidence must be supplied within two weeks;
  • If further evidence is not recognised then claim will be rejected, a letter of advice will be forwarded to applicant advising of decision;
  • Student/trainee may appeal decision and ask for a subject matter expert to make a recommendation, the cost of this further process will be shared equally by the student/trainee and BTACH.
  • Letter of advice will be forwarded to student/trainee outlining the costs of further process. Once student/trainee has paid his/her share of cost for further process (must be received within 1 week of request for payment). The Subject Matter Expert will be obtained and their recommendation will be heard;
  • Letter of advice of outcome will be forwarded to applicant within two weeks of final decision.


Bellarine Training and Community Hub is not an approved funded training organisation through the Victorian Training Guarantee. Therefore the fees to complete the RPL process will be charged as a fee for service.
Please contact our friendly enrolment staff for fees and charges to RPL courses or units.


The Bellarine Training and Community Hub, as a Registered Training Organisation recognises Australian Qualifications Framework and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Registered Training Organisation.


  • The original Statement of Attainment or qualification or a certified copy is checked for parity with participant’s intended course of study. Participant is informed of exemptions granted where relevant
  • Relevant tutor is informed in writing of participant’s exemption status
  • Qualification or unit must be the same or similar code
  • No payment is required from the student to have the qualification nationally recognised or credit transferred.
  • The student’s course fees may be reduced by the number of units that have undergone the national recognition procedure.