Career Development

The Skills Recognition Centre can provide you with advice on training available in the Northern Territory to help you progress your career or change careers.

Are you looking to change or expand your career but not sure where to start or what the job demand areas are in the Northern Territory?  Free, individual career consultations are available through our Centre – Contact us or drop in to our shopfront in the Smith St Mall, Darwin City, to find out more.  Our Centre can:

  • Go through a career quiz with you to discover career options
  • Provide information about new jobs that match client’s existing skills
  • Help you find out about skills, knowledge and abilities you need to obtain work in your chosen field
  • Explore possible job vacancies in your local area
  • Provide information about potential jobs in demand.

It is good to understand what jobs are in high demand or of key importance to your local environment.  The Northern Territory Government provides a list of jobs in high demand or that are critical to the local economy and industry.  This list, known as the Northern Territory skilled occupation priority list (NTSOPL), is updated annually in March each year.  You can access the list and further information by clicking here.

Skills Assessment

Skills assessments are issued by relevant skills assessing authorities. A skills assessing authority is an organisation that checks that your skills meet the standards they set to work in a relevant occupation.

The Skills Recognition Centre can help you navigate the process and put you in contact with appropriate skills assessing authorities.  Contact us or drop in to our shopfront in the Smith St Mall, Darwin City to find out more.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is about determining whether the skills, knowledge and experience you have gained in the past partially or completely qualify you for a qualification offered by a registered training organisation.

Benefits of RPL:

  • could save you money and study time
  • help with your career – promotion or career change
  • provide options for credit towards a qualification or degree.

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognises skills and knowledge irrespective of where you learnt those skills.  You do not have to attend formal training in order to get these skills recognised.  The qualification will be the same as any gained through study in Australia.

The typical RPL process, regardless of the registered training organisation, consists of the following stages:

  • identifying the evidence required
  • providing you advice about the process
  • providing sufficient information to help you prepare your evidence to meet the standard required for the RPL assessment process
  • assessing using appropriate evidence-gathering methods and tools 
  • recording the outcome and notifying you of it.

The Skills Recognition Centre can help you navigate the RPL process and put you in contact with appropriate registered training organisations in the Northern Territory who can assist you.  Contact us or drop in to our shopfront in the Smith St Mall, Darwin City to find out more.