National Recognition and Recognition of Prior Learning

National Recognition

Odyssey House recognises Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications and VET statements of attainment issued by any other RTO. Applicants who have qualifications in other competency based training may gain recognition of any units which are the same as that contained within their course. Applicants with National Recognition will receive a reduction of fees per unit recognised. See the ‘Fees and Charges’ to calculate reductions.

At the point of application it is expected that the participants will inform the Student Coordinator where provided in the application form of any National Recognition that they might have. To obtain a National Recognition, the applicant must attach notarised academic transcripts or records of prior learning to their application.

Please note: Statement of Attainment courses are not complete certificates or diplomas. Statement of Attainments are comprised of units that make up part of a certificate, diploma or accredited short course and can be used as evidence for National Recognition.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a form of assessment which involves the course participant gathering evidence which demonstrates their knowledge and skills, in all performance criteria for a unit of competency.

Applicants must complete the enrolment process and will then gain access to an RPL kit which is available on the e-learning portal which details the RPL process.

Applicants for RPL may choose to complete a unit of competency or the whole course via this method of assessment. Applicants for RPL will need to provide documentary evidence such as:

  • Training and education qualifications data: e.g. assessments, case studies, group reports, referrals, treatment plans, incident reports
  • Agency protocols and procedures, e.g. OH&S, risk management
  • Third party reports, curriculum vitae
  • Evidence from other areas e.g. training delivered or developed

An interview is conducted to confirm skills and knowledge.


RPL is an assessment process that assesses an individual’s formal and informal learning to determine the extent to which that individual has achieved the required learning outcomes, competency outcomes, or standards for entry to, and/or partial or total completion of, a qualification.

Assessment of RPL is based upon mapping the evidence supplied to the elements, performance criteria, essential skills and knowledge indicated in the unit of competency applied for.


There is an RPL package in each course in the e-learning portal. Students are given access to this RPL package at the start of their course.

RPL and Subsidised Training

If undertaking assessment via Recognition of Prior Learning, subsidies may be reduced for students enrolled in a government-subsidised course.

RPL Process: New Student

  • Student informs the Student Coordinator at point of application that they wish to apply for RPL for a unit/s. Attach any evidence to application, such as transcripts. RPL assessor details are given to the student in the acceptance letter
  • Student undertakes the orientation to the LMS
  • Student accesses the RPL package in the LMS and provides evidence to RPL assessor as per details in acceptance letter
  • The assessor then arranges an interview with the student
  • RPL assessor completes unit completion information on the RTO Intranet
  • The Student Coordinator records unit/s outcome
  • RPL assessor informs student and course trainer of unit/s competency
  • Course trainer records unit completion in student training plan they hold, as reference

RPL Process: Existing Student

  • The student informs the Student Coordinator and the course Trainer which unit/s they wish to RPL
  • The Student Coordinator will inform the RPL assessor and give the RPL assessor details to the student
  • The student accesses the RPL package in the LMS
  • The student sends evidence, as per the RPL package, to the RPL assessor, for assessment
  • The assessor then arranges an interview with the student
  • Once RPL competency is approved for a unit/s, the assessor records the outcomes in the RTO Intranet
  • The Student Coordinator records unit completions on the student training plan, and in aXcelerate. (If this completes the student’s training plan, the student will be processed in the normal manner to completion)
  • RPL assessor informs the student and the course trainer of the student’s competency in the unit/s
  • Course facilitator adjusts details of the unit competency on the copy of the student training plan they hold, for reference purposes

Evidence submitted for RPL is not returned. Applicants are encouraged to keep copies of their whole portfolio.

Students may complete any individual or group of units via the recognition method. Students are not entitled to complete a unit by a combined method of coursework and RPL evidence.

Undertaking the recognition process will not reduce the overall cost of the course, as assessors will still be required to examine and assess submitted evidence of current competence. Undertaking recognition may however enable the training participant to complete their chosen course more quickly.

Additional costs (incl. travel/accommodation) may apply for students located outside metropolitan Melbourne.

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