Show us what you can do! Get RECOGNITION!

Did you know you can fast track your studies through recognition?
TAFE SWSi recognises the knowledge, skills and experience you have gained through previous studies, work and life experiences. 

There are two main types of Recognition:
1.  Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
2.  Credit Transfer

If you would like a copy of the Recognition Information Kit you can download it in PDF format by clicking the link below.

Recognition Information Kit

RPL Pre-Enrolment online tool

Are you eligible for RPL?

With TAFE SWSi you can find out before you enrol!
Use our free RPL Pre-Enrolment tool to find out how much recognition you could be eligible for.
Try it now and take your results to a customer service office and obtain a free quote.


What is RPL

If you have formal qualifications from a TAFE, university, school or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in Australia, containing content that is included in the qualification you want to study, you can apply for recognition.

If you have been working in a job that is relevant to a qualification you are seeking, you have probably developed skills and knowledge which can be assessed for recognition. You may also have developed valuable skills by working for a community or voluntary organisation or through other life experiences such as hobbies, sport and leisure activities. These can all be considered for recognition.

Based on the skills and knowledge that you have gained through any or all of these means you can apply for up to 100% of a qualification or course.

If you hold qualifications gained overseas, we can perform an Assessment of Overseas Educational Qualifications Equivalence and we will carefully consider them during the recognition process.

Benefits of RPL

When you enrol in a TAFE NSW qualification, the skills and experience you have can be recognised towards achieving that qualification.

You could gain credit towards and finish your qualification sooner as you won’t need to study the things you already know!

Some of the benefits are:

  • you will spend less time studying
  • it might cost less to gain qualifications
  • you will not relearn what you already know
  • you will spend less time at TAFE or in class.
How does it work

Your Recognition assessor will discuss with you the most appropriate evidence you can provide to support your application and this may include:

  • Work appraisals
  • Job descriptions
  • Photos or actual work samples
  • Relevant formal qualifications
  • Resume and references
  • In-house training certificates
  • Third party reports from a supervisor
  • Observation at your workplace or a simulated workplace
  • Informal RPL interviews.

At TAFE SWSi we also offer eRecognition which is an online recognition tool that allows you to gather and upload your evidence and have it assessed online. You can enjoy the freedom to submit your RPL evidence from anywhere and at any time that suits your work/life balance.


If you are currently enrolled in a TAFE SWSi course there is no charge to apply for recognition in that course.

If you want to apply for an upfront assessment before you are enrolled, there is a fee for this service. This will include an interview with an assessor who will view your evidence and determine: 

  • whether you have enough evidence for recognition
  • whether you require any gap training and 
  • what form or quantity of evidence you need to provide. 

After the initial interview you will be provided with the full cost of the RPL assessment.

Find out more

To find out about the course you want to study, approach your teacher to discuss the recognition process. The teacher will give you details of the units of competence and further information to assist you to make a decision about proceeding with your application.

When you apply for recognition, you will need to provide documentary evidence to the assessor at your local TAFE SWSi college, so that you can demonstrate that you have the knowledge and skills required to be granted credit.

If you want more information before you enrol, call 13 SWSi (13 7974) to speak to one of our friendly customer service staff.

For more specific advice, support and information on how to apply for recognition, email our Recognition Coordinator at

Student reviews

We asked some of our students what they thought of the RPL process at TAFE SWSi.


What are you waiting for?
See where RPL can take you!

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