Recognition of prior learning and skills

At TasTAFE we believe that the things you already know how to do should be formally recognised.

Whether it be a hobby, the work you currently do, a volunteer role, or even a family or sporting club commitment – over the course of your life you’ll have gathered a wide range of skills, knowledge and experiences that can help you get qualified faster!

Our staff will work with you to link your prior learning and skills to your formal training with TasTAFE, and provide you with assistance in getting formal recognition, if appropriate.

What gets recognised?

When you apply to enrol at TasTAFE you can seek recognition for:

  • schooling
  • formal/informal learning
  • life experience/s
  • employment/work experience.

You may also be able to apply for credit transfer for units that you have successfully completed previously or with another training organisation – see credit transfer for more information.

Note– recognition is awarded for a whole unit of competency, and partial recognition cannot be awarded.

What sort of evidence is needed?

Evidence of your skills and knowledge can be taken from a range of sources including:

  • accredited courses
  • in-house training
  • work records
  • computer records
  • life experience
  • work experience.

We can help you gather this information, as well as suggest other relevant sources of evidence you may not have considered.

Where you can, it’s a good idea to put together a portfolio of these types of evidence, which will help to ensure you have all the information you need on hand.

How do I show my experience?

You can demonstrate evidence of your experience in a number of ways, including:

  • assignments
  • references
  • testimonials
  • work diary
  • certificates
  • practical demonstrations
  • interviews.

The recognition process

At TasTAFE, we aim to provide a recognition process that is streamlined, individualised and task-based. The recognition process may include, but is not limited to:

  • competency conversations
  • observation of practical tasks
  • observation of performance in the workplace and/or simulated workplace environment
  • providing workplace documentation related to the unit requirements.

For further information about recognition of prior learning and skills, or to apply for Recognition, please contact your teacher or Client Services staff members at your local campus.

Did you know…?

Many people who are currently in the workforce or are thinking about returning to work don’t have a qualification that matches their current level of skill or experience.

Having a qualification can help you to:

  • enter or re-enter the workforce
  • change careers
  • get a promotion
  • improve your job security
  • gain a qualification you can be proud of!

The benefits of being assessed for recognition of prior learning and skills include:

  • only doing the training you need to do
  • saving time and money by not attending unnecessary classes
  • gaining a nationally recognised qualification
  • getting into the workforce sooner than you might have thought.

So what are you waiting for? Contact us today to see how you can gain formal recognition for the things you already do!