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Skills Recognition

CIT recognises that people come to study with various experiences.

Skills Recognition is a process that formally recognises and acknowledges the skills you have learned from your work, life experiences, or from any previous training.

Undertaking Skills Recognition means you can gain either a part or full qualification without having to re-learn or practice things you already know and do.

Skills Recognition at CIT is Credit Transfer (CT) or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or a mix of both.

  • CT: is used when a Unit of Competency/Subject is given direct credit using previous formal training from an accredited training package, where the national code is identical or when the unit of competency/subject is identified as equivalent on
  • RPL: is when evidence, such as, work samples and experience provided by you is assessed by CIT and it meets all the unit of competency/subject requirements.

What are the benefits of Skills Recognition?

Skills Recognition means you don't have to study things you already know. It makes gaining a qualification more relevant and less time consuming. It also allows you to reach your goal more quickly - whether it is to increase your job prospects, gain a promotion, change your career or advance to a higher qualification.

You do not need to be a current student to apply for Skills Recognition.

Credit Transfer (CT)more information

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)more information

Who can help?

CIT Student Services staff will provide you with information and help you with your application.

Teachers from your course will be able to assist you in identifying the correct subject to apply for Skills Recognition.

How do you apply?

To apply for a Credit Transfer simply fill in the "CIT Request for Credit Transfer" electronic form and upload your transcript.

If you need assistance in completing this form please visit any CIT Student Services location.

To apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) follow the steps below:

  1. Identify the course or industry area for which you wish to apply for RPL
  2. Find out about the units of competency/subjects by completing one of the following:
    1. Lodge a RPL Expression of Interest Form so you can be contacted by the relevant Department who will assist you to identify the units of competency/subjects you can apply for
    2. Phone CIT Student Services on 02 6207 3188 to speak with a subject matter expert to discuss your Skills Recognition options. The subject matter expert will assist you to identify the units of competency/subjects for your application.
    3. You can also attend the Information/Enrolment Session of the course to ask for assistance. For session times check CIT website, or call CIT Student Services.
  3. When you have identified the units of competency/subjects, fill out the Skills Recognition RPL Form.
  4. Email completed application form to or visit any CIT Student Service location to submit application.
  5. Pay fees by the due date (payment plans are not available for Skills Recognition however concessions may apply).
  6. Provide and showcase your evidence when requested by CIT assessor

Skills Recognition Request for RPL Form (1.2Mb)

When do you know the outcome?

You should know the outcome of your application for previous formal study in 3-4 weeks. Work/life experience applications can take longer due to the assessment process, up to 14 weeks.

If you have been successful you will be given advanced standing (AS) for the subject which you can see online through CIT Self Service.

You will receive an email advising that your Skills Recognition application has been finalised and advising you to log on to CIT Self Service to check your result.