prior learning




Increasingly, Australian Companies in the Energy, Utilities, Traction and Mining sectors are implementing programs to ensure staff obtain nationally recognised qualifications for inhouse training and for previous work place experience.

Thomson Bridge has recently developed programs with AGL, Alinta, Stanwell Corporation and the Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure (SA) to:

  • Award Units of Competency for in-house training (performed by the Company's in-house training teams); and
  • Award qualifications based on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Recognition of Prior Learning is an important assessment pathway that recognises the skills, knowledge and experience gained through work and life experience, past training courses and work based training. 


There are a number of benefits to providing staff with nationally recognised Qualifications and Units of Competency including:

  • Offering access to a cost effective and time efficient method to consolidate a staff member's knowledge and experience, without having to undergo additional course based training;
  • Provision of qualifications that may assist an employee's further promotion and job prospects;
  • Rewarding the loyalty of staff members; and
  • Fostering a culture of formal career development and skill recognition.

The Process

Our RPL programs are designed to be flexible and time efficient.

Thomson Bridge develops and approves mapping and contextualised evidence tools for the specific Unit of Competency or full Qualification. The evidence gathering is scheduled to accommodate work and time commitments for each candidate and includes a variety of techniques such as:

Documented evidence:

  • Existing formal (Unit of Competency) training
  • Existing training which has been mapped to Units of Competency
  • Documented work activities
  • Documented trainer assessments
  • Documented supervisor/manager assessments
  • Curriculum vita/position/role based evidence
  • Documented time in role based evidence

Interviews and observations:

  • Practical Assessments
  • Employee Interviews
  • Supervisor Interviews

This evidence collation can be undertaken by Thomson Bridge or the Company's inhouse Learning & Development team under agreed processes that are established in a Training Services (Auspice) Agreement between the two Companies.

Where the Certificate requirements are met, Thomson Bridge will issue the Qualification.
Where the full Certificate requirements are not met, Thomson Bridge will:

  • Award individual Units of Competency where requirements are met; and
  • Provide assistance in developing and/or delivering gap training.

Our RPL processes are designed to:

  • Be compliant with the VET framework and ASQA standards;
  • Accurately map the competency evidence requirements against each Unit and underlying element; and
  • Efficiently record evidence against Unit of Competency requirements.

 Visit to review our Scope which includes 14 Qualifications and over 70 Units of Competency across the UEP and UET Training Packages.

Case Studies

Click here for case studies about our Programs with Alinta and the Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure (South Australia).