What is RPL?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process by which you can achieve a nationally recognised qualification, without the need to attend classes. You are assessed by providing us with evidence of the knowledge, skills and experience you have gained in the past. 

What are the benefits of RPL? 

  • Convert your years of experience into a nationally recognised qualification
  • Start anytime
  • No time off site - fit your evidence gathering around your work and family commitments 
  • No need to attend classes
  • You could earn a qualification in as little as 3 months  
  • We service anywhere in NSW
  • We come to you! - our assessors come to your workplace to conduct the skills assessment
  • Unlock your earning potential 

It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!

3 step process

Master Builders offer a range of courses that recognise your skills on-site:

CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

CPC50210 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry

CPC31411 Certificate III in Construction Waterproofing

CPC30111 Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying

MSF31113 Certificate III in Cabinet Making

CPC30611 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

CPC30318 Certificate III in Concreting

CPC31311 Certificate III in Wall and Floor Tiling

CPC31211 Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining

CPC20112 Certificate II in Construction

CPC10111 Certificate I in Construction

Kitchen, Bathroom and Laundry Renovation (KBLR)



Contact us for more information and to receive an information brochure 


What happens once I have completed the online quiz and enrolment?

Once your enrolment is confirmed, you will receive an RPL kit that will guide you through the on-site RPL process, starting with:

  • Demonstrating to us your knowledge by answering questions
  • Demonstrate your skills by gathering evidence of your industry experience (see Evidence section below for more information)
  • Determine the tasks that you do not have evidence of completing previously

What types of evidence do I need to provide?

Examples of the types of evidence that you will need to gather will depend on the qualification you are completing, however, examples could include:

  • Video footage of your performing tasks on site
  • Time-lapse photos of you performing tasks on site
  • Certificates you have already gained 
  • Project management documentation

What happens with the onsite assessment?

Once you have submitted your answers and the evidence you have gathered, one of our industry professional assessors will review them and will advise you if any additional evidence is required. 

When your evidence is complete, your assessor will organise a time to visit you on-site.

On-site, our assessor will:

  • Observe you working on current projects demonstrating your skills
  • Take notes of what they observe you demonstrating and assess your skill level
  • Work together with you to identify any gaps in your knowledge and skills and put a plan in place to fill those skills gaps

After all the evidence is gathered, the answers are marked, and you are observed on-site and assessed, your RPL process will be complete.

What is the eligibility criteria?

You must have:                                                                                                          

  • Minimum of 2-5 years (depending on the qualification) of full-time experience in the relevant industry within the last 10 years
  • The Certificate IV and Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) also require a minimum of 1-year supervisory experience
  • Valid White Card (general construction induction card)
  • Currently working on-site in the relevant industry and access to tools of the trade
  • Provide details of 2 qualified/licensed referees within the relevant industry to confirm your work history/experience who have worked with you for 12 months or more 
  • Answer at least 80% of the online quiz correctly during your application process

Please refer to the specific qualification for full entry requirements 

How do I find out about becoming a licenced trade professional?

NSW Fair Trading provides all licensing for tradespeople who work in the building and construction industry of New South Wales.

Find out everything you need to know about becoming a licenced trade professional on the NSW Fair Trading website. 


Master Builders has a contract with the NSW Government (Department of Industry) to offer and provide training and assessment programs under the government's Smart and Skilled program.

Eligibility and course availability criteria apply. To find out if you are eligible visit the Smart and Skilled NSW website. Master Builders Customer Service Team can also assist you with your enquiries.