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.

  • Odyssey House Victoria - RPL Application Form (click to apply)
  • RPL and Subsidised Training

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

    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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