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

What do some of our students think?

Tony Polifrone, 26 years, Concrete Formworker

To further his career, Tony came to the Master Builders to start on the pathway to a building licence. As part of this journey, he needed to complete the Certificate III in Carpentry.

“The RPL process at Master Builders has been really good. My assessor Ashley is a very good advisor and I’ve been learning a lot. If anyone has work experience in the industry, I’d recommend on-site RPL at Master Builders because it’s quick. For me I get my certificate quicker because Master Builders come to my work site and I get assessed on the day”.


Joel Dunn, 69 years, Carpenter

After all these years of working in the industry, Joel finally decided to finish his Certificate III in Carpentry qualification with Master Builders.

“I’ve been working as a carpenter for over 50 years and if somebody came up to me and said show me your Carpenter certificate, I couldn’t show them. It would be nice to have that bit of paper up on the office wall. I can’t really take three years off work and go start at TAFE again. With on-site RPL, all the correspondence has been done over the phone and by photos for the last six months. Master Builders have been terrific. They’ve been really responsive. My assessor Ashley guides me all the way and he’s a top bloke”.


What next?

Browse the RPL qualifications available below or 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.


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 


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

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

To apply for a NSW building licence you must have the required qualifications and industry work experience as stipulated by NSW Fair Trading.


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.