Training FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where can I get more information on the content of courses?

    Have you checked our courses page? These pages have direct links to all the courses we offer. All MPAQ courses have a course overview with all information the needed to make an informed decision. Alternatively, you can also find the information needed in the MPAQ Student Information Handbook or by phoning the Training Services team on 07 3273 0800.

  • What does being ‘competent’ mean?

    To be ‘competent’ is to apply the skills, knowledge, and aptitude that you need to be able to complete a particular task to the standard of performance required in the workplace. To achieve a Statement of Attainment for an MPAQ Training course you must be deemed 'competent'.

  • What is recognition of prior learning (RPL)?

    Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is an assessment process that involves an assessment of the individual’s relevant prior learning (including formal, informal, and non-formal learning) to determine the credit outcomes of an individual application for credit.

    To apply for RPL, for part of or all of an MPAQ course, you’ll need to show that your experience or past study matches up with the performance criteria for the units of competency you want to RPL, so you’ll need to supply evidence to support your claims of competence.

  • What is Nationally recognised training?

    Nationally recognised training is any program of training leading to vocational qualifications and credentials that are recognised across Australia.

  • What is the difference between an accredited vs. non-accredited course?

    An accredited course has been assessed by ASQA (Australian Skills Quality Authority) as compliant with the Standards for VET Accredited Courses 2012 and the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

    Accreditation is formal confirmation that the course:

    • is nationally recognised;
    • meets an established industry, enterprise, educational, legislative, or community need;
    • provides appropriate competency outcomes and a satisfactory basis for assessment;
    • meets national quality assurance requirements; and
    • is aligned appropriately to the AQF where it leads to a qualification. 

    Each VET accredited course is allocated a national code and is listed on the national register.

    Upon successful completion of an accredited course, students will receive a Statement of Attainment.

    Non-accredited courses are not nationally recognised and do not require completion of a competency-based assessment.

    Non-accredited courses are designed to develop skills and knowledge without the need for a formal qualification. Upon successful completion of a non-accredited course, students receive a Certificate of Completion which can be used as evidence for ongoing professional development.

If you have any further questions, please contact the MPAQ Training Department on 07 3273 0800 or email

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