Recognition and Credit

The College offers recognition of prior learning (RPL) for all nationally recognised courses. This will enable you to gain recognition of your current skills and knowledge regardless of how they were achieved. This may include formal or informal learning, work experience or general life experience.

If you have previously completed a unit of competency during a course, you can receive direct credit for such by simply submitting a copy of your certificate and testamur to the College. If you think a unit you have completed is similar to one the college offers, your assessor may be able to award direct credit.

For persons who have no formal qualifications, but have experience in a pharmacy, retail or supervisor/manager’s position, RPL may be granted if the assessor is able to see evidence of your current competence. Options for this can include a simple evidence gathering exercise, completing the assessment component only of a course, and/or completing a workplace project that will produce evidence of your competence.

You can apply for whole or partial recognition of any unit. Your College assessor will work with you to gather the required evidence for your RPL application. In the event that you are granted partial recognition for a unit, your assessor will develop an assessment project specifically for you and your work environment, to complete the remainder of the unit.


For persons wishing to apply for RPL, please contact the College for an RPL Kit. Recognition services have an application fee of $90 which covers 2 hours of your assessor’s time. Your College Assessor will advise you of the outcome of your application and then provide options for completing the course. One of the following options may apply:

  • After reviewing your application, your assessor may advise you that a significant amount of RPL applied for is able to be granted, and will quote for completion of the recognition service, any further training requirements and issuance of qualification
  • If some RPL is granted, the applicant will incur the enrolment fee and course administration fee, and the tuition fees will be invoiced on a pro-rata basis for any training required to complete the qualification
  • If little or no RPL is granted, you may enrol in the full qualification and the RPL fee will be credited towards our enrolment fee
Click here for the course prospectus.