Read some TAFE Queensland Recognition of Prior Learning success stories:
John McCrae - Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology
After 48 years as a high-voltage electrical fitter mechanic, John decided to gain a new qualification so he could do volunteer work with his steam railway group.
"I wanted to complete a Certificate III in Automotive Electrotechnology so I could be more useful to the group, John said.
"It is great my work experience has been recognised. Now I can really develop my hobby of helping to restore parts of the steam railway collection as part of my community volunteer contribution."
Lance Plahn - Certificate IV in Automotive Technology
As workshop manager for PIQ Logistics, Lance Plahn understands the need for relevant, top flight qualifications to stay competitive.
"Recognition of prior learning is a very practical system for people like me who want to have both their trade qualifications and work skills formally recognised when enrolling for higher awards."
Annette Currie - Diploma of Agriculture and Diploma of Rural Business Management
Annette is now equipped to take a very active role in managing the family property in rural Queensland after receiving two awards through TAFE's recognition of prior learning process.
"At last I have formal recognition of my lifetime of learning and experience and new confide not prepare applications when dealing with government bodies or going to the bank," Annette said.
"I would recommend the recognition of prior learning option to anyone who has plenty of practical experience but no formal qualifications. The process is painless and a great confidence booster."
Sheree Strauss - Certificate III in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery)
As a successful business owner of a Kingaroy catering company, Sheree understands the importance of developing further skills and qualifications in her field.
"From a business perspective, I have trainees and apprentices in my business and it was important for me to formalize my own qualifications first," Sheree said.
"I found the recognition of prior learning ran smoothly, and teachers at TAFE were very flexible, encouraging and supportive."
Penny Tones-Allery - Certificate III in Education Support
Taabinga State School teacher aide Penny Tones-Allery said "her years of experience as a teacher aide, the support of colleagues and the user friendly recognition of prior learning process offered through TAFE, assisted her in attaining Certificate III in Education Support through recognition of prior learning."
"I was well supported by the recognition of prior learning team, making the whole process easy to work through."
Deborah Shaw - Certificate IV in Franchising
Dalby Donut King Franchisee Deborah Shaw has come a long way since her first retail experience selling hot dogs from a caravan at Expo 88 in Brisbane.
"I have always wanted to run my own business and recognition of prior learning helped me attain a Certificate IV in Franchising. It is a great help at Donut King and is also beneficial in my new businesses."