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Transfer your skills

Get prior skills recognised in South Australia

If you’d like to complete VET in South Australia and you have existing skills, knowledge, or experience, you can apply to have them recognised with a Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning.

If approved, you’ll receive credit towards your VET qualification, saving you time and money.

Moving from overseas?

The Government's Skilled and Business Migration program will help get you set up here. Take a look at the Skilled Occupation List to see the broad range of careers with the skills that are in high demand here.

What’s a Credit Transfer?

A Credit Transfer will recognise any formal learning you’ve done in the past where it’s considered equal to the qualification you’re studying now.

  • Credit can be approved for your VET courses or units that match your previous learning.
  • It’s helpful to have your official transcripts, academic records and Unique Student Identifier available (translated into English where the originals are in another language).
  • The rules around applying for Credit Transfer can be different depending on where you’re training, so contact your training provider to find out exactly what’s needed.

What’s Recognition of Prior Learning?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a formal document that shows all your learning through work experience, informal training, self-study and life experience.

If you’ve gained skills and knowledge outside of traditional educational settings, you can apply for an RPL when you enrol in any VET training.

Each training provider has their own process, so ask yours how best to apply.

Seeking credit for working a trade or vocation?

If you live in South Australia and have not completed a traineeship or apprenticeship in your occupation, you can apply to have your experience in a trade or declared vocation formally recognised with a Certificate of Recognition.

It’s part of the South Australian Skills Commission’s trades recognition program.

For further information visit Recognition of trade or vocation - South Australian Skills Commission or email .


Have questions?

It’s inspiring to know there are different ways to have your skills recognised in South Australia. But we understand it may be confusing to know which one best applies to your circumstances.

Call us, we’ll guide you through