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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Fast track your way to a gain a Nationally Recognised Qualification – Certificate III in Business, or Certificate IV/ Diploma in Retail Management via recognition of prior learning.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment pathway that recognises the skills, knowledge and experience gained through work experience, life experience, training courses and work based training. Under the Queensland Government’s new Certificate 3 guarantee and Higher Level Skills Programs, many team members and managers will be eligible to obtain a formal qualification that recognises their skills, knowledge and experience. RPL is also available under other funding schemes or on a student pays basis.

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To be eligible for a funded RPL you must meet certain criteria, which may include:

  1. Aged 15 years or over and not at school.
  2. Permanently residing in the state providing funding.
  3. Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen.
  4. For Certificate III – not hold or be enrolled in a Certificate III or Higher, unless gained at school.
  5. For Certificate IV or Diploma – not hold or be enrolled in a Certificate IV or Higher programs, unless gained at school.
  6. Currently working in the industry of your qualification.

If ineligible for a funded RPL or you are located in a non funded state, there are RPL options still available. Call ARC to discuss options.

For more information on recognition of prior learning pathways or funding options available contact us today

Recognition of Prior Learning FAQ's
What is RPL?

In many cases students with on the job experience can receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), up to 100% of the course. RPL drastically reduces the amount of training required to gain this qualification.

Can I do my course online or as an external student?

Yes – because we are very flexible, delivery options include face to face, blended, remote and online delivery. Please enquire for your preferred course.

Still have queries? No worries, contact our staff to assist further.

ARC success stories!

The Australian Retail College is 100% committed to the outcome and success of every single student at our school. And I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending their services to any Business considering to engage with them.

Kylie Coleman, Industry & Vocational Training Officer
Atherton State High School

The trainers that are assigned to the School Based Trainees are committed to ensuring that the trainees feel supported throughout their entire traineeship and strive to set them up for success. This is reflected in the regular one-on-one training sessions that facilitate regular check-ins with our trainees as well as the respective Store Management Team. City Beach is proud to be a long-standing corporate partner of the Australian Retail College

Brooke Gilles
City Beach People Advisor

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The Australian Retail College (ARC) have always been able to meet the needs of the business and provide students with support throughout their studies, no matter where the student is located. We have been provided with excellent customer service, both from the National Trainer & Development Specialist and from trainers who travel to our sites. Whenever we have a question, or require assistance, ARC respond extremely quickly, and always provide expert advice.”

Brigid McGrath, General Manager, HR & Safety
Cornetts Supermarkets / Everfresh Food Market

I have had the pleasure of working with two of the trainers from ARC and have found them to be organised, efficient, professional, and well presented. The most important part of our relationship is for the trainer to relate to our Trainees and provide open communication both to the Trainees and to our business. Both trainers are exceptional in all areas I have mentioned, and their knowledge of the qualifications trained are exemplary. ….I would recommend the services of the Australian Retail College and we will continue our mutually beneficial relationship many years into the future

Karen Hedger, HR Manager
Jones Retail Group

Sue Abra is a very well organised trainer who regularly communicates during the training courses maintaining a flawless training process for all involved. Sue's timely manner demonstrates her ability to be flexible and at the same time considerate in her approach. Congratulations Sue you are one of the best!

- Vocational Educational and Training Leader of Saint Mary's Catholic College

Jane and Andrea have both been looking after my team for their Certificate III in Business since 2017. The support and communication from them have always been very professional and prompt - which shows me how much love and effort they give to each trainee and to the businesses they provide service to.

Director, Boost Juice Kelvin Grove

Andrea was a great support while our son successfully completed his Certificate III in Business via a school-based traineeship. We had some family health problems and relocated durning my son's studies and Andrea consistantly supported our son to ensure he was successful in obtaining his certificate

Ms Carter - Parent of ARC School-based Trainee

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