Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) - Gaining certification for Public Sector Early in Careers Health and Safety Certificate

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) - Gaining certification for Public Sector Early in Careers Health and Safety Certificate



What is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is when relevant learning from previous tertiary study, or through relevant work experience is reviewed and accepted as an alternative to on-the-day attendance.

Your qualifications and/or experience need to:

  • Have similar content
  • Be at the same level as the assessment standard(s) that you are applying for
  • Be current (i.e., have been completed in approximately the last five years)

Therefore, some participants may wish to have their prior learning where relevant to our Early in Careers Modules be recognised. 

If this is the case, the GHSL will contact IMPAC to see if the evidence provided by the participant is enough to qualify for recognition of prior learning. IMPAC at times may directly liaise with the participant on this matter.  Ultimately, this decision is at discretion of IMPAC.

How do I apply for Recognition of Prior Learning?

RPL is assessed on a case-by-case basis.

We advise all participants to check out the information that we have listed on our FAQ page on missing a workshop Question 3 and 4  how this impacts participants achieving their Early in Careers Health and Safety Certificate. Contact the GHSL or IMPAC to discuss this further with you.

How is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assessed?

There are three main ways of assessing Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). These methods are: 

  • ATTESTATION - An authoritative person(s) confirms your prior learning, usually at an interview.
  • CHALLENGE - Your prior learning is tested by means of a practical, oral, or written test or a combination of these three.
  • PORTFOLIO - You prepare a collection of materials and information containing all the details and evidence for your prior learning.

Detailed Portfolio of Evidence

Any participant who wish to apply for RPL must produce a portfolio of evidence. All candidates must locate evidence of their competency that relates to the assessment. Examples of appropriate evidence include:

  • Certificates, statements of attainment
  • Formal qualifications
  • Job description
  • Performance review reports
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • References
  • Life experience
  • Professional development participation
  • Videos of practical demonstrations
  • Third party evidence
  • Presentations
  • Personal statement
  • Planning documents
  • Transcripts
  • Completed assessments.


Contact Details

If you have any questions or queries, please contact Debbie Bridge, Principal Adviser, H&S Workforce Capability on 0800 HS LEAD, 022-0134- 884 or email