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Recognition of Prior Learning

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available at Sydney Beauty and Dermal Institute and can be credited towards any of our courses. Should you wish to use RPL on enrolment, your course duration and student visa will be reduced accordingly and noted on your COE. However you will still be required to study 22.5 hours per week within the institute.


Should you wish to use RPL after issuing your visa or after your commencement, we must report the change in course duration via PRISMS. An application kit is available and evidence is required, including transcripts and / or assessment and other supporting documents.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) means recognition of competencies currently held, regardless of how, when or where the learning occurred. RPL assesses the individual’s prior acquired learning to determine the extent to which that individual is currently competent against the required learning outcomes, competency outcomes, or standards for entry to, and/or partial or total completion of, a qualification.

Contact the Institute for more information and an Recognition of Prior Learning Kit.

What is the difference between RPL and Credit Transfer?

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) means recognition of competencies currently held, regardless of how, when or where the learning occurred. RPL assesses the individual’s prior required learning to determine the extent to which that individual is currently competent against the required learning outcomes, competency outcomes, or standards for entry to, and/or partial or total completion of, a qualification.

Credit transfer means the advanced standing obtained from prior agreements between institutions or organisations on the credit value of specific courses, units of competency or modules. Thus, RPL is recognition or prior competencies regardless of how, when or where the learning occurred.

What happens where an RPL application fails?

The student will be informed as soon as possible whether the application has been successful, unsuccessful or whether further information is required. There is no “pass or fail” for the RPL process; there will either be sufficient evidence to support competence or there will be insufficient evidence.

Where the RPL process has been completed and remains unsuccessful then the applicant must complete the course. The process includes a Portfolio of evidence.

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