Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) acknowledges experience, training and assessment already undertaken by applicants, which may provide exemptions from training time, assessment or other components of FACRRM training listed in completion of training.

RPL and the Independent Pathway

Independent Pathway applicants should apply for RPL prior to commencing training. You are able to apply for provisional RPL at any time throughout the year. 

A provisional RPL outcome is a prerequisite for applying for the Independent Pathway. Closing dates are advertised for RPL for each round of the IP cohort four weeks prior to applications opening for the next intake.

All applications must be made electronically using the prescribed forms and must be supported by independent, verifiable documentation relevant to each period of experience, training or assessment for which recognition is being sought.

Application requirements:

The Provisional RPL process provides you with an indication of what RPL you will be awarded. The RPL outcome is finalised as part of the application process.

For further information, read the Fellowship Training Handbook.


Registrars training with RVTS or an AGPT training provider submit their application through their training provider. The training provider checks that the application is complete and has the required supporting documentation. The training provider then makes a recommendation for RPL and submits the application to the College.

Applicants should apply for RPL after a training position has been secured.

For further information, read the Fellowship Training Handbook.