What is evidence?

Evidence is the information you gather and provide to a TAFE NSW assessor to demonstrate that you have the skills and knowledge required to gain recognition.

The evidence you provide will be checked by the assessor to ensure it is valid and authentic. Evidence provided needs to map to the unit(s) of competency. It is quality of evidence that counts, not quantity.

You need to ensure that:

  • the evidence you provide covers the critical aspects and that it is sufficient
  • you have provided originals or certified copies
  • overseas qualifications and work experience have been assessed and translated.

Types of evidence

The evidence used in a recognition application can include anything that will demonstrate that you meet the learning outcomes of a unit. Evidence can include any combination of the following:


  • job description
  • performance management report or annual reviews
  • minutes of meetings attended or conducted
  • work examples that may include reports, articles or samples of work
  • publications
  • email or memo communication with clients or colleagues


  • videos
  • audio files
  • CDs to demonstrate communication, customer service or work skills

Certificates or course transcripts

Formal and informal qualifications including:

  • certificates
  • diplomas
  • degrees
  • statements of results
  • courses completed at work

Life experience

  • community group involvement
  • hobbies
  • leisure pursuits
  • membership of a committee

Letters and references

  • Letters of validation from your employers, clients, community groups or people you have worked with.
  • Resume or work history – needs to be supported by examples
  • Provide contact details, as some references may require a follow-up phone call

About evidence

Currency of evidence

You must be able to present evidence that your skills and knowledge are current. At the meeting with the assessor, you may be asked questions relating to your current knowledge of the skills you have previously acquired, to ensure that you are still competent.

Verification of evidence

Any copies of original qualifications, certificates or documents you submit must be certified by a justice of the peace (JP). Alternatively, the assessor can view the original document and write a certification on the copy.

Before you submit your evidence:

  • make sure you have included certified copies of your documents ( do not submit original documents as they may not be returned; however, originals may need to be sighted )
  • ensure that you have presented your evidence in a way that shows how your experience, skills and knowledge match the learning outcomes
  • be selective and disciplined about your choice of evidence
  • organise your material logically, format it clearly, and present it in plain English.

Applicants should note that:

  • the assessor may request an interview with you if details of the evidence need to be clarified
  • you may be required to complete a challenge activity so that you can demonstrate your skills and knowledge
  • the assessor may contact relevant authorities to check the authenticity of documents you submit as evidence.

What to do next?

You need to make an appointment to meet with an assessor, and bring along:

  • your completed portfolio report (Applying for Recognition Report)
  • your completed Evidence Portfolio form (a form that identifies your evidence and links it to matched competencies)
  • copies of evidence (hard copy documents)

At the meeting with the assessor, you will:

  • submit your recognition application
  • discuss your learning needs or study plan