DEFENCE RPL

Are you looking at transitioning out of Defence? Or maybe you’ve recently left? Leaving Defence and building a new career as a civilian can be pretty daunting.

  • How will a new employer understand your service?
  • How do you express it in terms of civilian awards?
  • Which qualifications are best on your resume?

That’s where Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) comes in.

RPL stands for Recognition of Prior Learning. RPL is a process through which the experience, skills and knowledge that you already have can be converted to civilian qualifications that any employer can understand and respect.

Defence members are often surprised at the qualifications they’re eligible for through RPL. The training, skills and practical experience you’ve gained while serving in the Army, Navy or Air Force really adds up.

Getting qualifications through RPL means that you don’t have to sit in a classroom and learn about things that you already know. You can just show evidence that you’ve covered it in your job

Based on our experience, here are the top 2 qualifications for transitioning from Defence to civilian employment.

Transition is a word you hear a lot during your military career. You go to the career transition seminars, you talk to your mates about it. But the thought of leaving Defence and building a new career as a civilian can be pretty daunting.

  • How will a new employer understand your service?
  • How do you express it in terms of civilian awards?
  • Which qualifications are best on your resume?

That’s where Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) comes in.

RPL converts your experience to qualifications civilian employers can understand and appreciate.

But you need to make sure you have qualifications on your resume that mean the most to employers.

We have been helping military personnel transition since 2006, which means we understand the value of your experience and what employers are looking for.

The #1 trend for 2019 will be evidence of a well-rounded range of skills. Ideally employers want to see that you have a spread of business, technical and specialist skills (relevant to the role you are applying for).

Following are the top qualifications that are helping our Defence RPL customers to build careers in the private, government, mining and training sectors…


Top Qualifications for Defence

1. Diploma of Leadership and Management

The Diploma of Leadership and Management shows employers that you have business skills.

It demonstrates that you can combine the two vital aspects of management: effective team leadership and organisational planning for success.

Employers are looking for the strengths in their organisations that come from your skills in order and leadership.

This leadership/management qualification focuses on your ability to head up a team. It demonstrates that you have skills and knowledge in both human resources and management operations and can balance the need for business growth with the tasks of managing employees and their performance.

It is also a qualification that has credibility in both the public and private sectors.

Possible career outcomes:

  • Project Manager / Supervisor
  • Operations Manager
  • Business Manager
  • Production Supervisor
  • Health and Safety Manager


2. Diploma of Security and Risk Management

The CPP50611 Diploma of Security and Risk Management is the highest qualification in this sector and gives employers evidence of specialist skills.

With this one under your belt, you can demonstrate to employers that you have substantial experience acting at a leadership level in higher risk security environments, conducting comprehensive security assessments and developing high level emergency management response planning.

This is an ideal qualification for those personnel who want to transfer their experience into a security and risk management focused role.

At the Diploma level, you have experience in leading a team in this environment and you’ll be looking at jobs that have leadership responsibilities.

Possible career outcomes:

  • International High-Risk Security Consultant
  • Offshore and Domestic Security and Risk Advisor
  • Personal Security Detail (PSD) Team Leader
  • Protective Services Officer

Find out what your service is worth…

Keep in mind that the level of the qualification you will be eligible for may depend on your rank and length of service. Our qualifications range from Certificate II, all the way up to Post Graduate level (above a Bachelor’s degree).

The smart money is on choosing the right level that reflects the career you have achieved so far, and the qualification(s) that will take you on to your next career move.

If you are thinking about which qualifications will best fit your situation, reach out to the team here at WESTBOURNE and have a chat. Our  RPL experts are ready to talk to you about your transition, and guide you through the best options for your individual situation.