Southern Institute of Technology may recognise your prior learning when it is relevant to your SIT programme of study.
What is RPL?
RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) is when credits are granted towards your current programme of study at SIT from previous tertiary study or through relevant work experience.
Your qualifications and/or experience need to:
- Have similar content
- Be at the same level as the paper/unit standard that you are applying for
- Have a similar number of credits
- Be current (i.e. have been completed in approximately the last five years)
How do I apply for RPL?
Discuss your proposal with your Programme Manager they will advise you as to whether or not you should pursue the RPL process. The next step is to contact the RPL Facilitator to assist you with putting your materials together and completing the RPL application form.
Can I apply for RPL before I enrol?
RPL is a result and you must be enrolled in a paper for it to be resulted. It is recommended that if you think you may be eligible for RPL that you enrol in the programme of study and include as much information as you can about your relevant experience in your enrolment form. This will enable the Programme Manager to advise you of any RPL you may be likely to receive if you are offered a place on the programme. If you accept the place, based on the Programme Manager’s recommendation, you would then need to contact the RPL Facilitator to complete an official RPL application.
How is RPL assessed?
There are three main ways of assessing RPL. These methods are:
An authoritative person(s) confirms your prior learning, usually at an interview.
Your prior learning is tested by means of a practical, oral or written test or a combination of these three.
You prepare a collection of materials and information containing all the details and evidence for your prior learning.
It is the role of the RPL Facilitator to assist you in putting your evidence materials together.
How much RPL can I apply for?
A third of a programme may be RPL’d i.e. 120 credits in a 360 credit programme.
Are there any costs involved?
RPL costs are based on an administration charge plus the time it takes to assess your application. The clearer you make your application – the quicker it will be able to be assessed.
What is Cross Credit?
Cross Credit applies when you have already attained the exact paper or unit standard at SIT or through another provider in the programme of study you are undertaking at SIT. The RPL Facilitator will advise you at the time of your initial contact with them if this applies.
What is Credit Transfer?
Credit Transfer applies when there is a Credit Transfer arrangement in the programme of study being undertaken at SIT. This arrangement may be between programmes at SIT or between SIT and another provider. The RPL Facilitator will advise you at the time of your initial contact with them if this applies.
For more information on RPL at SIT contact:
+64 3 211 2699 ext 8884