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Exemption service

The Kaplan Professional Education (Kaplan) Exemption Service allows students to apply for an exemption based on previous training, study and work experience.

Vocational Education

Mutual recognition (MR), also called credit transfer (CT), is the process of awarding credit for a unit or units of competency attained from another Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that are the same as the unit or units of competency in a Kaplan Professional subject or qualification.

Where this is the case, Kaplan Professional will recognise the certification issued, once validated, and give credit to the student for that subject or qualification. RTOs, including Kaplan Professional, are not obliged to issue a certification that would be entirely comprised of a subject or qualification completed at another RTO or RTOs where there is a direct credit transfer. This will be recorded as an exemption on the student’s record.

Kaplan Professional will accept MR applications for all nationally recognised training. To determine if your previous studies qualify for MR, please refer to the individual subject outlines under the ‘Course overview’ tab of the relevant course for the units of competency required.

Supporting documentation required for application:

  • Complete exemption application
  • Certified copy of Statement of Attainment listing the corresponding units of competency

Copies of documents, such as certificates and transcripts, must be certified as a true copy of the original. For the complete list of who can certify your documents, please refer to the certification list.

* Due to the holistic nature of the way we deliver our qualifications e.g. the FNS50615 Diploma of Financial Planning, exemptions are not available for individual units of competency.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is where prior study, completed in the last five (5) years, satisfies the learning outcomes of the Kaplan Professional subject.

Supporting documentation required for application:

  • Complete exemption application
  • Certified copy of academic transcript(s)
  • Copy of the relevant learning outcomes from your prior study

Copies of documents, such as certificates and transcripts (not learning outcomes), must be certified as a true copy of the original. For the complete list of who can certify your documents, please refer to the certification list.

Due to the holistic nature of the way we deliver our qualifications e.g. the FNS50615 Diploma of Financial Planning, exemptions are not available for individual units of competency.

Recognition of current competency (RCC) is a process assessing competency based on formal learning, non-formal learning or informal learning. Further information regarding the various learning types can be found in the Kaplan Professional’s Exemption Policy.

Please note: to apply for RCC in any RG 146 accredited subject, applicants will need to demonstrate formal learning in the relevant area to be eligible; we are unable to assess RCC on experience only.

Supporting documentation required for application:

  • Complete exemption application
  • Portfolio of evidence including (but not limited to):
    • Resume demonstrating relevant employment experience
    • Evidence of continuing and relevant professional development (CPD)
    • Letter from current employer describing current roles and responsibilities
    • Workplace documentation demonstrating current competency. For example, a recent Statement of Advice prepared for a client

 

Due to the holistic nature of the way we deliver our qualifications e.g. the FNS50615 Diploma of Financial Planning, exemptions are not available for individual units of competency.

  1. Read Part 1: ‘Exemption Information’ of the exemption kit
  2. Complete Part 2: ‘Exemption Application’ of the exemption kit
  3. Save all of your documents (including ‘Exemption Application’ and supporting evidence) as electronic files
    • Name each file according to the information they contain
    • E.g. Resume_John Smith or Superannuation_SoA
  4. Place all of your documentation into a zipped file and name it in the following format:
    • LastName_FirstName_Subject/Qualification_Exemption Type
    • E.g. Smith_John_DFP3 Superannuation_RCC
  5. Email your zipped file (which includes your completed exemption application and supporting documentation) to exemptions@kaplan.edu.au

Important to note: Please ensure payment details and a signed declaration are included before emailing your application to Kaplan Professional. Hard copy exemption applications will not be accepted, so please ensure you email your submission. Incomplete exemption applications will be returned without review (this includes the submission of documentation which is not accompanied with a complete exemption application).

  1. Email your completed exemption application and supporting documentation to the Exemptions team at exemptions@kaplan.edu.au
  2. When your exemption application has been received, the Exemptions team will check to see your application is complete. Once your application is deemed complete and ready for review:
    • You will be notified via email
    • A non-refundable application fee will be charged
    • Your exemption application will be forwarded to an assessor for review

    If the exemption application is deemed incomplete, it will be returned to you at this stage without charge. We will advise what further documentation is required to proceed.

  3. Once the exemption application has been reviewed, the outcome will be communicated to you via email. You will be required to confirm if you would like to proceed with the exemption outcome.
  4. Once the Exemptions team have received your confirmation, the exemption will be administrated and additional fee(s) processed.
  5. If you are eligible for a Statement of Attainment as a result of the exemption awarded, this will be issued and posted to you directly.

Exemption documents

Questions?

Please contact the Exemptions team at exemptions@kaplan.edu.au.

Higher Education 

You may be able to obtain an exemption for a Kaplan subject based on your previous studies or work experience.

Evidence may take many forms e.g. information about approved study, information about work experience, certificates, transcripts or other credentials.

Exemption methodApplicable toEvidence and other requirementsFees (per subject)
AutomaticQualified accountants, certified financial planners members of other professional associations

ICAA, CPA, ACCA, CFA, FPA, CIIA, GAA, GARP
Must provide certified copies of transcripts etc.

Automatic Exemptions List
No fee
Non-AutomaticThose who can demonstrate mastery of a particular subject through prior study with an approved higher education provider and/or relevant work experience.

You will be required to gather evidence to support your application for exemption.

**Please note; Kaplan will not accept exemption applications for: KAP001 Research Project
Higher Education Subject Exemption Application form$295

For more information, read the Recognition Policy.

Real Estate recognition of prior learning 

You may be entitled to receive recognition of prior learning (RPL) for existing knowledge and skills. RPL is a formal assessment process that recognises your current skill and knowledge. If you have the necessary experience and skill you may be competent in one or more of the units even though you have not completed recognised training.

RPL assessment will recognise what you know and apply it to the real estate program that you want to complete. This will reduce the time you need to spend studying and the number of units you need to complete.

The assessment process looks at your:

  • real estate experience
  • experiences gained throughout your working life
  • any education or training you have completed and applies this to the units required to complete your chosen real estate program

The education can be formal such as diplomas or degrees from recognised educational institutions or informal training such as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) attendance at conferences or seminars or franchise training – in fact any learning whatsoever can be recognised.

Your skills and knowledge will be assessed by a qualified assessor. The assessor has both the education, real estate qualifications and experience to conduct the RPL assessment.

You will need to provide a portfolio of evidence that outlines your skill, experience and training. An evidence checklist will be provided so that you can gather sufficient evidence.

You enrol into the RPL assessment process with Kaplan Professional. We will then send you the necessary documents and organise for an assessor to contact you and assist and guide you through the whole process. In conjunction with the assessor, you need to determine which units you will apply for; you then collect your evidence and submit it with your RPL application form and payment. RPL works more effectively if all your evidence and your application form are supplied at us at the same time.

You have 6 months to submit you evidence from the date of application. If your evidence is not received in this timeframe, payment of another application fee is required.

The evidence is assessed by the assessor who will then contact you with the results and to organise an interview if required.

The interview is a supportive discussion. You may need to discuss your evidence with the assessor and to explore further your claim for competence in a unit or units. This interview is to assist you to gain the maximum results possible.

On completion of the RPL assessment you will be issued with one of the following results:

  • Competent – Recognition has been provided and no further study is required
  • Not Yet Competent – You will be required to complete the unit

Next step

We will issue you with a Statement of Attainment for the program or the units of competency you have gained. If you require further study, we will provide advice on the best way to complete your course or unit(s).

 

Further Information

For further information, call 1300 798 006 or email realestate@kaplan.edu.au.