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9.5.1 Assessing Transferable Skills and Experience

Last amended 
12 April 2023

Transferable Skills Analysis

A transferable skills analysis (TSA) is an assessment of the skills and knowledge a person acquires from the actual performance of a job and from learned situations, community, work and school enviroments.

TSA is most beneficial when assessing people who have a wide range of experiences, skills and employment history and who generally do not require retraining to re-enter the open labour market.  A TSA can define a person's skills and experience for new job placements or a change in role with their current employer.

This tool is used to guide employers, rehabilitation service providers, Rehabilitation Coordinators and clients to define a person's skills and experience for new placements or positional changes.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is a process that involves assessment of an individual’s relevant prior learning, including formal, informal and non-formal learning, and the extent to which this prior learning can provide credit towards a destination qualification. Credit through the RPL process may allow for entry into and/or provide credit towards a qualification. Credit given may reduce the time required for a student to achieve a qualification.

For veterans undertaking vocational rehabilitation through DVA, an RPL assessment should be considered where the destination qualification is consistent with the veteran’s vocational rehabilitation and future employment goals.

For more information about retraining and further education, please visit section 9.8 of this chapter. For more information about the Veterans’ Vocational Rehabilitation Scheme for VEA clients, please visit chapter 12.5.4 of this Library.