What is recognition?

When you enrol in a course at TAFE NSW the skills, knowledge and experience you have gained from your previous learning, work experience and life in general may be taken into account. Recognition is the process by which you could be granted credit for one or several units of competency from a nationally recognised qualification.

There are two ways of recognising your previous skills, knowledge and learning:

  • Credit transfer.
  • Recognition of prior learning (RPL).

Credit transfer

Credit transfer allows you to receive credit for a unit of competency if previous training you have successfully completed at TAFE or another registered training organisation is deemed to be equivalent.

Evidence required to apply for credit transfer may include documents such as course transcripts or statement of results. Units previously completed at TAFE NSW may be able to be automatically applied to your current enrolment.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning is an assessment of the skills and knowledge you have gained outside the formal education and training system.

You may have gained these skills and knowledge through:

  • work experience
  • voluntary work
  • school experience
  • life experience
  • sporting achievements.

Your knowledge and skills may be assessed by a variety of methods. These include portfolio, practical test, demonstration, interview or a combination of these.

What are the benefits of recognition for you?

  • You don't have to repeat learning for skills and knowledge you already have.
  • You will gain your qualification faster.
  • For government subsidised courses, recognition will reduce your student fee. For RPL, you will get a 50% reduction of the fee for proportion of the course that is recognised as completed according to State Training Services guidelines. For credit transfer, you will get 100% reduction as no additional assessment is required.
  • You can get a Statement of Attainment for recognised units, rather than a whole qualification. Depending on your job role or qualification requirements, this may be sufficient for you.
  • The recognition process will enable you to identify gaps in your knowledge and skills and therefore any training you need to undertake.

What will it cost me?

TAFE NSW does not charge a fee for assessment of your application if you are enrolled in the course for which you are seeking recognition.

When you are granted RPL or credit transfer for one or more units of competency in a government subsidised course, your student fee will be reduced. It is best that you apply for recognition before your course or unit begins, so you can get the fee reduction as soon as possible.

If you are receiving Youth Allowance or Austudy, the granting of recognition may affect your full-time enrolment status and your eligibility to receive the benefit. You should contact your local Centrelink office for further information.

If you are not enrolled in a course, you may still apply for recognition for part or all of a qualification through our commercial recognition program. There will be a fee associated with this service. The fee will be determined according to our commercial recognition policy.

More information

For more information about recognition or to ask about our commercial recognition packages call 131 674. Our customer service team will be able to refer you to the relevant Head Teacher or an TAFE NSW assessor to discuss your recognition options.