Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process that allows the skills and abilities you already have to be recognised.

This might include:

  • Courses you studied informally
  • Skills obtained during your working life
  • Other life experiences


RPL usually means that you are able to skip certain competencies from your program because you are already competent in those areas.
MCIE is committed to providing up to date and relevant RPL information to all students at enrolment and whilst enrolled. MCIE staff will provide support and guidance regarding RPL enquiries in a timely manner.

If you are given RPL prior to commencing the course MCIE will issue a Confirmation of Enrolment that reflects the new duration of the course. If you are given RPL after commencing the course that leads to a shortening of the duration of your course you must advise the relevant authority.

To apply for RPL students must complete and submit the relevant application forms available from MCIE.

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Credit Transfer 

Registered Training Organisations must recognise the qualifications and statements of attainment issued by other Registered Training Organisations.  This means that you may be eligible for credit towards courses conducted by other Registered Training Organisations based on what you achieve with the Institute.  Students who have completed units from their course at other institutions will be given recognition on presentation of a verified transcript and Award or Statement of Attainment.

Credit Transfer Procedure

Prospective students and/or current students may apply for Credit Transfer/RPL to be considered. The applicant will be invited to attend an initial interview to discuss the likely success of the Credit transfer application. At this interview, further information and documentation will be requested.  Only original documents, transcripts, statement of results will be considered for assessment.

Assessment and verification of the application will be undertaken by academic staff.

Applicants will be notified of the assessment decision. Where applicable, exemptions/credits will be given and recorded, and qualifications/Statements of Attainment issued. Written confirmation will be provided on the comparable units for credit transfer and on the revised course duration. In some instances it may be that the units outstanding do not fit within the MCIE course programs and enrolment may not occur.

If further evidence is needed, the outcome of the Credit Transfer/RPL Assessment will be communicated in writing within 7 days of the interview or receipt of the application. Prospective students and/or current students may appeal a decision with within 30 days of the date of the initial decision. The portfolio will then be sent to an Independent RPL Assessor for re-assessment. The cost of this re-assessment will be borne by the applicant. The decision of the Independent Assessor is final.

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