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OPEC Systems is an Australian-owned Registered Training Organisation (RTO 41595). We established OPEC College in 2019 to focus on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for public and private sector customers including if you have just left the Defence Force, Police Force or other First Responder organisations. OPEC College also offers study options for customers who are unable to immediately achieve RPL.

If you are unsure whether to go for recognition of your skills or the training route, contact us for a free assessment

RPL plus study

Use the OPEC College Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) shortcut and convert your skills and knowledge into recognised qualifications, with study options available to fill any gaps in your experience.

Nationally recognised qualifications

Independently validated to meet current industry requirements.  


Study and learn at your own pace, with options for study slowdown and acceleration to suit changing circumstances. 

Connected to industry

OPEC College is a subsidiary of OPEC Systems, an award-winning Australian company with established industry links, enabling training with a contemporary and ‘real world’ focus. 

Teaching excellence

Our trainers use the very latest learning strategies to help ensure understanding, retention and application, and deliver an engaging education experience.


Study online.



Degree pathways

Partnerships with higher education providers enable provision of credit towards a range of Degree qualifications, with significant time and cost savings.

Open ended enrolment

When you are ready to commit to study, we’re ready for you.

Career accelerator

Our industryfocused qualifications lay the foundation for a successful and rewarding career in your chosen field.


What is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?

Step 1

Free assessment

Fill in our pre-assessment form and we’ll give you the guidance you need for the next steps to achieving your career and qualification goals

Step 2

Evidence portfolio

With our help, gather evidence, e.g. current resume, reference letters, examples of work completed, to prove your prior skills and knowledge and submit it online for our assessors to review.

Step 3

Evidence review

After we’ve assessed your evidence portfolio we’ll contact you for a competency conversation and a practical observation if required.

Step 4

Training if needed

If necessary, fill in any gaps in your prior learning and achieve greater qualifications through our online training courses.

Step 5


Your new certifications are Nationally Recognised and issued by our Registered Training Organisation (RTO). You are now ready to pursue your new career and greater opportunities!

OPEC College

David Kirkby, General Manager

David spent twenty years in the Australian Army, as Combat Engineer, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Manager and as a Warrant Officer Class 2, working at the School of Military Engineering as the Wing Sergeant Major.

Upon leaving Defence, David ran a Learning Development and Training Company, delivering EOD and other Public Sector courses, as well as Health and Safety.  David then taught with Queensland TAFE, Brisbane North Institute and then went on to become Chief Executive Officer of a Registered Training Organisation.

David started at OPEC Systems in 2017 to work in Senior Management across Human Resources, Training and Change Management but also to build OPEC College. OPEC Systems has six Divisions working broadly and deeply across multiple sectors both in Australia and overseas, providing David with access to up-to-date information on what is happening in industry.  He believes that this ‘finger on the pulse’ capability provides OPEC College with the edge on standalone RTOs.