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National Recognition (direct credit transfer)

Odyssey House recognises Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications and VET statements of attainment issued by any other RTO. Applicants who have qualifications in other competency based training may gain recognition of any units which are the same as that contained within their course. Applicants with National Recognition will receive a reduction of fees per unit recognised. See our Statement of Fees to help you calculate any reductions in fees this might mean for you.

At the point of application it is expected that the participants will inform the Student Coordinator where provided in the application form of any National Recognition that they might have. To obtain a National Recognition, the applicant must attach notarised academic transcripts or records of prior learning to their application.

Please note: Statement of Attainment courses are not complete Certificates or Diplomas. Statement of Attainments are comprised of units that make up part of a Certificate, Diploma or accredited short course and can be used as evidence for national recognition.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a form of assessment which involves the course participant gathering evidence which demonstrates their knowledge and skills, in all performance criteria for a unit of competency.

Applicants must complete the enrolment process and will then gain access to an RPL Self-Assessment kit, which will also be made available to you on your Student Portal and which will detail the full RPL process.

Applicants for RPL may choose to complete a unit of competency or the whole course via this method of assessment. Applicants for RPL will need to provide documentary evidence such as:

  • Training and education qualifications data: e.g. assessments, case studies, group reports, referrals, treatment plans, incident reports
  • Agency protocols and procedures, e.g. OH&S, risk management
  • Third party reports, curriculum vitae
  • Evidence from other areas e.g. training delivered or developed
  • An interview is conducted to confirm skills and knowledge.

Students may complete any individual or group of units via the recognition method. Students are not entitled to complete a unit by a combined method of coursework and RPL evidence.


RPL is an assessment process that assesses an individual’s formal and informal learning to determine the extent to which that individual has achieved the required learning outcomes, competency outcomes, or standards for entry to, and/or partial or total completion of, a qualification.

Assessment of RPL is based upon mapping the evidence supplied to the elements, performance criteria, essential skills and knowledge indicated in the unit of competency applied for.


There is an RPL package in each course in the Student Portal. Students are given access to this RPL package at the start of their course.

You may apply online for RPL at the same time as applying for your entry into a course of your choosing.  The RPL application form is collapsed below.

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RPL application

This form is for current or enrolling students undertaking a course with Odyssey House Victoria who wish to have a Recognition of Prior Learning assessment. The following checklist is to be used to determine if an applicant is suitable to undertake the RPL process. If you cannot, you will be required to complete the course through study and assessments. Please note that all fields are required.

I am
Do you have at least 2 years experience of working with clients with alcohol, other drugs and mental health issues?
Can you provide the following evidence in the form ofCV, position description, qualifications or workplace documents
I have attached
I accept that if I cannot attain Recognition of Prior Learning for units that I may need to complete the remaining units by study and submission of assessments
Please indicate the Units of Competency you wish to apply for RPL assessment

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RPL and Subsidised Training

If undertaking assessment via Recognition of Prior Learning, subsidies may be reduced for students enrolled in a government-subsidised course.  This is because Recognition of Prior Learning assessment for units is not covered by Victorian Training Guarantee subsidy rates.  Enquire with the Student Coordinator for more information.

Learn more – contact us

Would you like to learn more about our Recognition of Prior Learning processes?  Our Student Coordinator is available on (03) 8537 7112 and at studentadmin@odyssey.org.au; or you can reach out to us via the Contact us page.