Recognition of Prior Learning

In your lifetime you have obtained certain skills, qualifications, knowledge and experiences. These learning experiences could have been officially obtained via a college, university or any other accredited education body. You could have also gained this knowledge while at the workplace. Irrespective of where this learning took place, you can use the skills and qualifications you already have to gain credits within formal qualifications offered us.

Recognition of Prior Learning provides an opportunity for you to identify your learning, have it assessed and formally acknowledged in the form of a qualification.


The process is simple* your skills will be assessed on the skills or knowledge you have, regardless of where and how it was learned. (Formal or Informal training) Unlike other forms of assessment, it doesn’t judge someone’s evidence of competence by the credentials or qualifications they have achieved, although this can form part of their claim.

What RPL actually does is allow people to demonstrate that they are capable of undertaking specific tasks or working in certain industries based on evidence of skills and knowledge gained throughout their life. Anyone can apply for recognition of prior learning and is usually used for:

• A learning programme to Personal development.

• Fast tracking your learning.

• Promotion 

• Career or Job change


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