Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process of identifying your knowledge and skills against a qualification or part thereof. The process involves the identification, mediation, assessment and acknowledgement of knowledge and skills obtained through informal, non-formal and/ or formal learning.
It is concept of recognising and accrediting — what people already know and can do — is having a significant impact on many of the education and training programmes currently being developed. This is irrespective of whether that learning has been acquired through unstructured learning, performance development, off-the-job assessment, or skills and knowledge that meet workplace needs but have been gained through various previous learning experiences.
It is type of skills assessment process allowing new and current students to achieve all, or part, of a nationally recognised qualification by demonstrating their knowledge, skills and experience around a particular topic.
Some of the major advantages of RPL are