Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

What is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is defined by the AQF as an assessment process that involves assessment of an individual’s relevant prior learning (including formal, informal and non-formal learning) to determine the credit outcomes of an individual application for credit.

So what does this mean? RPL allows you to receive recognition for skills you have gained via formal, informal or non-formal learning (including credit transfers) or previous working experience including volunteer work.   By receiving recognition for units of study you can reduce the amount of time you study and in most instances reduce the cost of your course.

Who can apply for RPL?

RPL is available to all enrolled AVT students who have had adequate prior learning that relates to the topics covered in their chosen qualification. Applications must be completed and received prior to the commencement of the course. Please see the fees schedule for associated charges.

The prior learning may be in the form of previous studies or completed qualifications (including superseded qualifications), on the job experience or volunteer work.

To ensure that the skills and knowledge being assessed through the RPL process meet currency requirements, applicants for RPL will need to be currently actively working or have been actively working within the very recent past in the animal care and veterinary industry.

What is the AVT RPL process?

We encourage you to visit to review the competency requirements for each unit in your qualification. If you feel you may be eligible for RPL assessment including credit transfers, please contact us.

Fees apply for RPL assessment including credit transfer applications. Please see our student policies page here  for more details.

Why choose AVT?

Dedicated Animal Care College

AVT has been delivering Vet Nursing and Animal Care related courses for over 25 years. It's safe to say there are no plumbing or hairdressing courses here!

Prerequisite course for veterinary nursing

Outstanding Track Record

A recent NCVER VET student outcomes report found 93% of AVT graduates were employed or enrolled in further study after training and 95% of graduates would recommend the training provided by AVT.

Prerequisite course for veterinary nursing

Safe and Supported Learning

Our qualified teaching team have many years of experience as well as extensive backgrounds in the veterinary and animal care industry. They're approachable and dedicated to helping students succeed.

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