Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a document submitted for skill assessment by those engineers who do not have Information & Communication Technology (ICT) qualifications or any tertiary ICT qualifications. Australian Computer Society (ACS) is the authorized body that assesses the RPL form.

There are many ICT professionals who do not have a relevant educational qualification but have learned and gained experience in the ICT industry. The purpose of RPL for ACS Skill assessment is to give an opportunity to those professionals to showcase their skills who have a non-ICT qualification. The first section called “Key Areas of Knowledge” in ACS RPL form allows non-ICT qualified professionals to showcase how they acquired relevant skills by working in the industry. The second section “Project Report form” gives them the opportunity to substantiate their skill by providing details of 2 projects from their professional career. Such candidates should apply for assessment through ACS RPL skill assessment process. They have to provide details about their qualifications and work experience to the ACS for Skilled Assessment through RPL Report Form for migration to Australia.

There are two categories in which the engineers can apply for ACS RPL skill assessment-

Candidates, who are qualified with a degree but the qualification is not related to ICT, should have been a professional ICT employee in an organization with at least six years of experience. The field of employment should be relevant to the chosen ANZSCO Code.

Candidates, who do not have any tertiary qualification, should have at least eight years of total experience. However, at least six years of employment should be relevant to the chosen ANZSCO code.


Following are the parameters that should be included in the ACS RPL form:

Network topologies, including size, distribution and security facilities installed

Contribution to the processes involved in the design and implementation of enterprise-wide computer systems

Project Management and quality assurance techniques followed

Database and/or file design and management techniques employed

Implementation of Internet application design, including database interactivity and security measures

Methodologies used for System Analysis and Design and Software Engineering

The programming languages used and procedures adopted for design

ICT managerial activities, demonstrating the nature and extent of responsibilities

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