No, RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) is not mandatory in most cases. However, it can be a useful tool for individuals who wish to gain recognition for the skills and knowledge they have acquired through work or other experiences.
In Australia, some vocational education and training (VET) qualifications may allow for RPL as an alternative to completing the full course. However, this is usually not mandatory and learners may choose to complete the full course if they prefer.
It is important to note that some professional or regulatory bodies may require specific qualifications or levels of training for certain professions. In these cases, RPL may not be sufficient and learners may need to complete the full course or qualification to meet the requirements.
It is recommended that individuals check with their relevant industry or regulatory body to determine whether RPL is an option for their particular profession or qualification.