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. 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).

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 III to Diploma’s. 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.