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Skills Recognition Policy

1. Purpose

To ensure that individuals are given recognition for subject/learning outcomes and competencies already achieved.

2. Scope

This policy covers Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)and Credit Transfer for CIT programs. This may also include arrangements of pre-defined credit for successful completion of part or full qualifications awarded from another institution.

3. Principles

3.1 CIT is committed to Skills Recognition to assess an individual's prior learning, including formal and informal learning to determine the extent to which the individual has achieved the required unit(s) of competency or learning outcomes for subject(s) in a program.

3.2 Skills Recognition will be offered to all potential and current students at information and enrolment sessions, and throughout their program.

3.3 Where the applicant is a CIT staff member, the Staff Studying at CIT Policy must be consulted.

3.4 Credit Transfer will be granted where the Unit of Competency (UoC) code and title are identical or where the national VET register ( identifies the units to be equivalent. Industry regulations apply in regard to currency (for example, CPR unit will not be granted as a Credit Transfer if older than 12 months).

3.5 RPL will be granted upon successful RPL assessment of an individual's skills and knowledge. This may be in combination with other formal study evidence from an Australian university, approved overseas qualification, completed UoC from another Registered Training Organisation (RTO) where the competency code is not identical or if using many UoCs for a single subject or UoC.

3.6 RPL evidence must be current as determined by industry regulations or if industry regulations do not apply, then no greater than five years old. Evidence of the outcomes of previous informal learning (which may include components of formal learning) will be considered through RPL.

3.7 CIT will seek to document any formal RPL and articulation arrangements for VET and higher education qualifications with universities, other educational institutions and training providers where pathways are likely to be accessed by a number of students.

3.8 Qualifications from non-Australian education institutions may only be used to support RPL evidence; they cannot be counted for Credit Transfer.

3.9 Higher education qualifications may only be used to support RPL evidence, they cannot be counted for Credit Transfer.

3.10 Skills Recognition can be awarded for CIT higher education programs, evidence-based procedures are to be applied transparently and consistently. Assessment must show how it is aligned to unit learning outcomes.

3.11 Applicants do not need to be enrolled in a program at CIT to apply for Skills Recognition through CIT. Applicants can seek assistance and submit applications at CIT Student Services and/or CIT teaching areas.

3.12 CIT will not issue an award where all subjects have been achieved from another RTO.

3.13 Skills Recognition awarded may reduce the length of a course. For International Students on student visas any reduction in the course duration will be reported to the Australian Government Department of Education via the Provider Registration and International Student Management System (PRISMS) under section 19 of the Education Services for Overseas Students 200 Act.

3.14 Limits may apply to the amount of Skills Recognition available for apprentice, trainee and Skilled Capital students to meet ACT Government funding requirements.

3.15 Fees for RPL will be the same as program registration fees, and concessions may apply. No fees apply for Credit Transfer.

4. Documentation

Canberra Institute of Technology Act 1987

Education Services for Overseas Students Regulations 2019

Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015

Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards)

CIT Pathways

Skills Recognition "The Facts How to Apply" Brochure

Policies on the CIT Website

Assessment Policy

Teacher Qualifications, Experience & Increments Policy

Awards and Academic Advice Policy

Academic Appeals Policy

Fees Policy

Staff Studying at CIT Policy

5. Definitions

All terminology used in this policy is consistent with definitions in the CIT Definitions of Terms.

6. Policy Contact Officer

For more information regarding this policy contact Director, Education Services.

Contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email

7. Procedures

This policy is implemented through the associated procedures. Authority to make changes to the procedures rests with the policy owner.

Policy No: 2016/579
Approved: September 2019
Next Review: September 2023
Category: Student Policies, Training Policies
Policy Owner: Executive Director, Education and Training Services
procedurepdf Skills Recognition Procedures
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