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.

Credit is the value assigned for the recognition of equivalence in content and learning outcomes between different types of learning and/or qualifications. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to achieve a qualification and may be through credit transfer, articulation, recognition of prior learning or advanced standing.

Who can apply for RPL?

RPL is available to all a students who enrol with Applied Vocational Training who have had adequate prior learning that relates to the topics covered in their chosen qualification.

The prior learning may be in the form of previous studies or completed qualifications (including superseded qualifications), on the job experience or volunteer work.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

How do I find out what the requirements for a unit of competency are, to know if I am eligible for RPL?

A guide to the units of competency has been developed which provides you with a description of the required skills and knowledge for each of the units of competency in each of our  qualifications listed below. See ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing – Unit Guide

Please refer to the units of competency in the guides prior to submitting an application for RPL to ensure you are ready to have your skills and knowledge assessed.

If you are not confident that you have all the skills and knowledge required of a unit of competency, it is recommended that you enrol in a traditional training and assessment pathway to achieve the unit of competency.

For full details including the elements and performance criteria of a unit, you can visit the National Register of VET: http://training.gov.au/  where you can search for a unit of competency by its code, e.g. ACMVET202A

If you still have any difficulty understanding what is required of any units after reviewing the unit of competency from the national register, you may seek clarification from one of our tutors.

Please find below two example assessments that demonstrate the type of assessment(s) that you may need to complete to be awarded RPL:

How much does the RPL process cost?

An application and administration fee of $185 is payable when you submit your initial application.

Your initial application will be assessed by a qualified AVT tutor to determine if you are eligible to proceed with the RPL assessment for the units you have nominated.

A fee of $75 is payable for each unit of competency identified as eligible to be assessed through the RPL application process.

The maximum total cost for RPL of the entire ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing qualification consisting of 23 units of competency is $1,910.00. *

Assessment fees are payable in full prior to your application being formally assessed and any certification being awarded. The fees are non-refundable once your application has been submitted, regardless of the competency outcome.

* As AVT does not collect fees in advance of the value of $1500 of services provided, any total fee amount of an RPL application over $1500 will be invoiced and assessed over two or more stages.

What are the steps in the RPL process?

  1. Review the unit guide found above for the qualification you are applying for to identify which units you feel you have relevant, current skills and knowledge ready to be assessed.
  2. Click the ‘Apply’ Button below for your chosen qualification to access the RPL application form.
  3. Complete all required fields on your RPL application request and attach any applicable supporting documentation with your application fee payment.
  4. Your RPL application request will be reviewed by an AVT assessor. If eligible, you will then receive Moodle access details for the units of competency that have been determined eligible for RPL assessment, along with an itemised account for the assessment process.
  5. Complete and submit your enrolment form and make your payment in full for the outstanding assessment fees.
  6. Complete the knowledge questions for all units of competency in your customised Moodle online RPL Assessment profile.
  7. Ask your workplace supervisor/referee to complete the 3 party supervisor report included in the RPL Assessment profile.
  8. Submit all completed unit assessments and the 3rd party supervisor report.
  9. An AVT assessor will contact your referee nominated in your application to verify your competency and if necessary contact you to arrange an interview for any further required information. Depending on you location, the interview may be conducted either by telephone, skype or in person at our campus.
  10. An Assessor will review all the evidence and make competency judgement on the units of competency applied for. You will receive a notification of the outcome within 21 working days of submission of the completed assessment pack. The notification will identify where competency has been successfully awarded to which units. If competency has not yet been achieved, a recommended course of action will be provided to obtain the required unit/s if you chose to continue.
  11. Applicable certification will be issued within 30 calendar days of completion.



Apply for RPL here:

Before commencing your application read and follow the steps outlined above.  To apply select the ‘Apply Here’ button.

RPL - ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing



RPL Frequently Asked Questions

The ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing consists of 23 units of competency. 19 of those units are mandatory units from the Animal Care and Management (ACM10) Training Package selected by industry that best represent the needs of the job role and are called the CORE units of the qualification.

There are an additional 4 elective units of competency required to make up the full qualification. These units may come from the ACM10 training package, or any other nationally recognised training package. Units selected must be relevant to work undertaken in the veterinary nursing sector.

AVT has selected 4 units of competency that we ask students to complete as the elective component of the qualification as we feel they best compliment the tasks performed by a veterinary nurse.

An overview of the full ACM40412 Certificate IV in veterinary nursing qualification units of competency we offer can be viewed by visiting our course page visiting our course page

Yes. As long as the units of competency you are claiming a credit transfer (CT) for are current and relevant to work undertaken in the animal care and management industry, and you hold a Statement of Attainment from the issuing provider, you may use them to fulfill the elective component of the qualification packaging rules.

We are unable to offer RPL or Train and Assess any other elective unit of competency other than the ones provided in the courses offered on our website under the qualifications tab: https://www.appvoc.com/qualifications-overview/

In meeting the required rules of evidence and principals of assessment, AVT is unable to provide recognition of prior learning to candidates who are not able to demonstrate the application of current required skills and knowledge of a Veterinary Nurse within the recent past.

Applicants need to be able to demonstrate that they meet the competency requirements of the current training package including current industry techniques using technological equipment and supplies in accordance with the current standards and regulations.

If you wish to gain certification as a veterinary nurse without having current experience, you will need to enrol in and complete the full course. Full course fees apply.

To receive a credit for a unit of competency that you have previously been awarded, you must be able to supply a verifiable Testamur (certificate) or Statement of Attainment obtained from the issuing provider.

A Testamur or Statement of Attainment must either contain the wording ‘The qualification is recognised within the Australian Qualifications Framework’ or the AQF logo authorised by the AQF Council.

A Record of Results or Statement of Academic Record by itself is not sufficient when applying for a credit transfer of a nationally recognised unit of competency.

If you do not have a copy of your Testamur or Statement of Attainment you are responsible for requesting a copy from the issuing provider, we are unable to do this on your behalf.