We treat every student with the utmost respect for who they are and where they want to go.

That includes acknowledging your experience with appropriate recognition of your prior learning (RPL). But, we go further than that.

We’ll show our respect for you by giving it to you straight. We’ll tell you if RPL won’t be enough to unlock the private sector opportunities you’re seeking. Then we’ll talk you through every step that will get you where you want to go.

Our job isn’t just putting a diploma in your hands. Our job is giving you the path to your next career.


Many of our students have lived a life. They’ve excelled at important work. They’ve led men and women in challenging circumstances. They’ve won against odds that their future colleagues won’t be able to imagine. Now, they’re making the transition into a new career and they’re hitting a road block…

…They’re coming up against first-line employment screeners who don’t understand the lives our students have led or what they’ve achieved. These gatekeepers need to see formal qualifications. But, you shouldn’t have to study what you can already demonstrate you know.

This is where recognition of prior learning (RPL) comes in.

At Westbourne College, we know first hand how important RPL is. Our trainers have themselves learned skills and earned experience in uniform — skills and experience that have been recognised as prior learning.

We have the background knowledge to assess your prior learning so that you don’t have to study what we can see you already know. We’ll talk to you about where you’ve been, what you’ve learned before and where you want to go. Then we will work with you to find the right qualifications for your next step.

What everyone should know about RPL

The whole team at Westbourne College is dedicated to cementing the foundations of your next career move.

Because our trainers have first-hand experience with RPL, they also have a realistic view of how far prior learning will take you. Our trainers have seen what happens when there are gaps between what someone has learned in the field and what they need to demonstrate to interview for, win and keep the job they want.

Succeeding in taking the next step in your career might mean having the courage to accept appropriate RPL then studying the rest. Using this approach, you build a foundation of learning that won’t crack under pressure in an interview or on the job.

Fortunately, most students coming from a service background know very well that there’s the easy way and there’s the way that actually gets you to your objective.

If you want someone you can trust to give you a friendly but straight assessment of your prior learning, together with first-hand insights into your career transition, make sure to call us first.