What is Evidence?

Supplying evidence for recognition

Evidence is the documentation you need to provide to support your recognition application.

The evidence you provide will be checked to ensure it is valid and authentic.

When providing your supporting evidence you need to ensure that:

  • it maps to the unit(s) of competency. It’s the quality of evidence that counts, not quantity
  • it includes original, verified or certified copies.

About evidence

Currency of evidence

You must be able to present evidence that your skills and knowledge are current. At the meeting with the assessor, you may be asked questions relating to your current knowledge of the skills you have previously acquired, to ensure that you are still competent.

Verification of evidence

Any copies of original qualifications, certificates or documents you submit must be certified by a justice of the peace (JP). Alternatively, the TAFE NSW assessor can view the original document and verify the copy.

For more information regarding Recognition, speak with your teacher or call Customer Service on 131 601.

Types of evidence

The evidence used in a recognition application can include anything that will demonstrate that you meet the learning outcomes of a unit. Evidence can include any combination of the following:

Type of evidence Example documents


  • job description
  • performance management report or annual reviews
  • minutes of meetings attended or conducted
  • work examples that may include reports, articles or samples of work
  • publications
  • email or memo communication with clients or colleagues


  • videos
  • audio files
  • CDs to demonstrate communication, customer service or work skills

Certificates or course transcripts

  • certificates
  • diplomas
  • degrees
  • statements of results
  • courses completed at work

Life experience

  • community group involvement
  • hobbies
  • leisure pursuits
  • membership of a committee

Letters and references

  • Letters of validation from your employers, clients, community groups or people you have worked with.
  • Resume or work history – needs to be supported by examples
  • Provide contact details, as some references may require a follow-up phone call