A credit transfer is the process of making any previous formal study or subjects you have undertaken count towards your new qualification. There are VET rules and processes established around assessing credit transfers. The subjects you have previously undertaken need to be deemed equivalent to the current subjects you are undertaking.

The process of credit transfers involves:

  • Emailing us a copy of any qualifications you have undertaken and any Statement(s) of Attainment. Also include your Academic Transcript.
  • On receipt of this information, we will then be able to assess whether the subjects you have completed are equivalent or applicable for transfer to your Library and Information Services qualification.
  • Once a Credit Transfer has been authorised, we will prepare a course quote based on the remaining subjects that need to be completed.
  • If a subject is deemed not equivalent, you may still be able to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning instead.

Note that credit transfers are provided free-of-charge.



Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of recognising that you may be competent in an area of study or subject, regardless of how, when or where your learning occurred.

You can gain competency in a single unit or for an entire qualification through a number of ways, such as formal or informal learning, training, work experience, or general life experience. Thus you do not have to complete a formal study program of a unit in order to be deemed competent.



In order to be granted RPL for a unit, subject or qualification, you must be assessed by an assessor through a formal process of assessment that demonstrates that you are, in fact, competent in all required areas, including skills, knowledge and required outcomes as designated in the relevant Training Package.

If you are deemed competent, then you may be granted RPL for the unit (meaning you will be awarded the formal Statement of Attainment for the unit) or the full qualification.

If you are deemed not-yet competent, then you will either need to complete the full unit again, or just undertake further study in the area of non-competence.

Once assessed as fully competent, you will be awarded the Statement of Attainment or Qualification.

The complete process of being granted RPL can be seen below:

RPL Process


The RPL Kit Includes:

  • A Self-Assessment Checklist
  • The Third Party Kit for the units you are applying for – this must be completed by an appropriate third party person, verifying your performance and undertakings of specific activities and criteria.
  • Your answers to verbal questions during the meetings between yourself and your assessor
  • A Unit of Competency in word format, with space for you to insert information on how you do your job in the Library and Information Services environment, in relation to specific criteria. This includes practical examples.
  • Direct observation of practical skills (where relevant and possible)
  • Request for supporting documentation. This includes:
    • A detailed and up-to-date Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • Certified copies of any relevant qualifications and transcripts you have completed, including any other professional development
    • Evidence that you have been working in a library and information services role during the past two years – this might include your position description, performance reviews and so on.
    • Evidence of undertaking particular work, such as relevant emails, copy of workplace appraisals, screen shots or videos showing examples of workplace activities, e.g. Cataloguing, signing up new borrowers etc., samples of workplace documents, testimonials etc.
    • Any other related documents

It is important to note that you are supported by the assessor through this process.

Note that due to the large amount of work involved in assessing RPL and collecting evidence of competence, RPL’s are charged at the same rate as studying a unit of competency.

For more information on RPL, please Contact Us.