The Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) program provides an opportunity for people who have been working within the baking industry for a number of years, with no formal qualification, to have their skills and experience fully recognised with a nationally accredited trade qualification.

Qualification available at BITA in Queensland

The applicant completes documentation and provides a portfolio of evidence to verify they have the skills and knowledge to perform workplace tasks. This portfolio is assessed by an RPL Assessor based on validity and relevance to the unit competencies, proof that you have provided current evidence, proof that the evidence is authentic and owned by the applicant, and sufficient proof has been supplied to cover all areas in the unit. It is important to provide a wide range of evidence with your application to prove that you can meet the competencies outlined in the assessment units. 

An applicant may seek Recognition of Prior Learning for a full qualification or individual units. Units describe the skillsets required by bakers and are based on common workplace tasks. Units come in the form of “Core” or “Electives”. Core units are the compulsory part of the qualification, while electives provide some choice to the applicant. A qualification is made up of a mix of core and elective units.

How is the Recognition of Prior Learning application assessed

An RPL Assessor will use one or more of the following common types of assessment to assess the application.

  • A portfolio of evidence provided by the applicant
  • Third party reporting provided by a supervisor
  • Competency conversation between the assessor and applicant
  • A skills test observed by the assessor.
Recognition of Prior Learning for Bakers

What to include in your RPL Evidence Portfolio

The process of applying for Recognition of Prior Learning is detailed and requires the applicant to complete the application documentation and provide a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate competency. Your RPL Assessor can assist you in collating the types of evidence that are commonly used for each unit. Following is a list of items that can be included in your portfolio. This is a general guide only and does not include all possibilities.

Employment History

Providing your current Resume or Curricula Vitae (CV) will cover your employment history. Be sure to include job titles, duties, and the length of employment with each employer. The more detail provided in your resume helps the assessor to determine the range of skills and knowledge you have been exposed to.

Relevant Professional Development

Supply copies of documentation received from relevant micro-credentials or courses completed, workshops attended, in house training, and occupational or trade tickets issued.


Third Party Reports or References

These need to be obtained from a workplace supervisor who can validate your knowledge around specific skills of tasks performed regularly in your job. Please note that the task must be completed on more than one occasion to qualifiy.

Samples and Photographic Evidence

Be sure to include photos of you with the products and photos that show production of the products to prove you made them.

Workplace Evidence

Workplace documents such as meeting notes, internal reports, WHS reports, food safety plans, risk assessment reports, baking production schedules, log books, customer order forms, feedback from clients/colleagues, and employee awards show everyday correspondence between you, the team, and your employer. This area of evidence shows what role you played in the workplace and what specific tasks you have received exposure from. 

Personal Reference

Include evidence and definitions of relevant community involvement such as awards and certificates, statement of attendance, membership, and coaching or mentoring roles.

If you would like to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning and gain a qualification in baking please contact Dean Musgrave for a copy of the application documentation and more information. Phone (07) 3899 6100 or email