How to save time and money fast-tracking your MBA

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If youre a professional with enough ambition, drive and managerial experience to move into an executive role, then converting your experience through RPL might be the perfect way to save time and money achieving your MBA.

Completing a Master’s Degree, primarily a Master of Business Administration (MBA) while engaging in full-time work and raising a family may seem like an implausible feat for many. Amid the endless number of tasks there are to be completed at both home and work, the likelihood of cramming two years’ worth of study and travel time into your current schedule, may seem altogether unlikely.

And that’s not even the extent of it, considering the current cost of getting an MBA which is likely to set you back at least $30,000 over the course of the two year program.

In an ideal world, the cost of achieving an MBA to move into an executive role would be miniscule. In an even more ideal world, you wouldn’t be forced to put your life on hold due to the excessive workload and travel time involved.

While we may not be living in a perfect world, there are avenues that can help you save time and money achieving your MBA, at half the time and cost.


Introduced in the 1990s, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows skilled Australians to attain a Nationally Recognised Qualification using their existing skills, knowledge and experience. This means that rather than undergoing countless hours of classroom study, individuals can use their existing knowledge to attain a qualification, without ever having to step foot inside a classroom.

RPL has made it easier than ever for professionals with managerial experience to get their skills recognised through the attainment of a Graduate Diploma of Strategic Leadership. Rather than having to engage in any study, these professionals can attain their nationally recognised qualification solely by providing evidence of their skills and experience in the units listed below.



BSBLDR801 Lead personal and strategic transformation
BSBLDR802 Lead the strategic planning process for an enterprise


BSBFIM801 Manage financial resources
BSBLDR803 Develop and cultivate collaborative partnerships and relationships
BSBLDR804 Influence and shape diversity management
BSBLDR805 Lead and influence change
BSBLDR806 Lead and influence ethical practice
BSBMGT801 Direct the development of a knowledge management strategy for a business
BSBMGT802 Lead design and review of enterprise systems
BSBMGT803 Use financial and economic information for strategic decision making
BSBRES801 Initiate and lead applied research


Because the units of the above qualification are comparable to those of the MBA, completing skills recognition for a Graduate Diploma of Strategic Leadership can help you receive up to 6 credit exemptions for an MBA from a university of your choice. This means that you can walk away with two different qualifications, while saving up to $15,000 and 1 year of study. The process couldn’t be simpler.


  1. Free Skills Review

Confirm your eligibility by conducting a simple 2-3 minute Free Skills Review.

  1. Eligible?Get Started!

If you’re eligible, Get Qualified Australia’s Skills Recognition & RPL Specialists will send you a number of documents to get started.

  1. Self-assessment

You’ll begin with a simple self-assessment checklist, analysing your existing skills sets, knowledge and experience.

  1. Submit Evidence

Next, you’ll gather your supporting evidence.

  1. Evidence Assessed

Once your evidence is received, Get Qualified Australia will take care of the hard work by organising and compiling your evidence in line with the units of the Graduate Diploma.

  1. Gap training (IF APPLICABLE)

If you fall short on a unit of competency, you can choose to undergo gap training either online or at home to complete the required units. This may be done in your own time and at your own pace.

  1. Approved? Get Qualified!

The RPL Process is now complete, provided you meet the requirements of each unit. You’ll be issued your Nationally Recognised Postgraduate Qualification from an RTO partner.

  1. Apply for credit exemptions

You’re now set to seek maximum credit exemptions from a university of your choice. Simply match the units from your qualification with those of the MBA.


Choosing to fast-track your MBA is ideal if you’ve always wanted to do your MBA but have been unable to complete it due to:

  • Family Commitments
  • Work commitments
  • Business travel
  • Heavy workload

It’s also ideal if you’d like to achieve professional development, sit in the executive chair, attain a pay rise or promotion, and avoid repetition of already gained skills, knowledge, training and experience.

Think you have what it takes?

Take our free skills review today to see if you can save time and money achieving your MBA through RPL.

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