Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Programs

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which assesses the skills and knowledge you have acquired over time, to determine if you meet the requirements for nationally recognised units of competency and qualifications. RPL recognises that workers achieve competency over time in the workplace, removing the need for classroom training.

While typically seen as an onerous process, Thomson Bridge has implemented a streamlined approach for RPL assessment, minimising the burden on students and their employers. Our process is tailored for each client, with a custom RPL Evidence Collection Kit generated to align to the roles performed at each worksite. Types of evidence to be collected as part of the RPL process include:

  • Position descriptions
  • Formal training records
  • Records and logs confirming work performed
  • Internal inductions and training programs
  • Performance appraisals and supervisor reports

Where required, the RPL process will also utilise interviews with candidates and their supervisors to confirm the application of skills and knowledge within the operational workplace environment. Collected evidence is then mapped by Thomson Bridge RPL Assessors to the requirements for units of competency in which recognition is being sought.

Where a candidate has provided sufficient evidence, Thomson Bridge will issue the relevant qualification or Statement of Attainment containing the units of competency completed. Where there are gaps in the evidence collected, Thomson Bridge can design and facilitate custom training and assessment workshops to finalise any outstanding training requirements.

With a focus on the provision of quality training and assessment practices, Thomson Bridge is committed to providing the highest standard of RPL services which meet the needs of industry. Our training services team includes experienced subject matter experts with decades of experience within the power generation, transmission and distribution sectors, as well as regulatory compliance experts ensuring all educational compliance requirements are met.

RPL Clients

  • AGL Energy Thermal and Hydro sites
  • Alinta Energy, Northern Power Station (SA)
  • AusNet Services (Vic) and PowerCor (Vic)
  • Delta Electricity, Vales Point Power Station (NSW)
  • Department of Transport, Infrastructure & Planning (SA)
  • Origin Energy, Darling Downs Power Station (QLD)
  • Origin Energy, Erarang Power Station (NSW)
  • Stanwell Corporation, Tarong Power Station (QLD)


  • All
  • Generation
  • High Voltage
  • Rail