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RPL Guidelines


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process by which individuals can claim and gain recognition
towards specific national qualifications, based on demonstrated learning that has occurred at some time in the past. Therefore, it recognizes knowledge, skills and attitudes that have been acquired in other forms of learning, which were not certificated. RPL involves the documentation, validation, assessment, and certification of learning that is acquired outside the formal (traditional) system. RPL which provides an
alternative mode of assessing knowledge, skills, and attitudes that someone has acquired through non-formal or informal learning is a helpful tool in certificating competences that are acquired outside the formal education and training system such as workplaces.


The purpose of the Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) is to give chance to individuals to claim for the learning, acquired mainly from informal and non-formal environments that have not been previously certified. These individuals do not have to re-learn something that they can already perform, as evidenced by their demonstrated knowledge, skill, and attitudes and the assessment is based on evidence acquired.


The following are among the principles underpinning RPL:

  • Flexibility

Recognition of various approaches of informal and non-formal training support and assessment.

  • Validity

Quality assurance through the provision of evidence; to maintain the standards of quality required
for ensuring integrity of candidate support and the assessment processes. Moderation of RPL for
credit should be integrated and verified.

  • Reliability

Procedures and approaches leading to consistent outcomes.

  • Fairness

Equal opportunities provided to all individuals to demonstrate their skills and knowledge.

  • Transparency

Providing candidates and other stakeholders with a comprehensive understanding of assessment
criteria, evidence requirements and the decision-making processes.

RPL Implementation Process

The RPL implementation process broadly consist of three (4) phases:

  1. General awareness about RPL

  2. Pre-assessment and submission of application

  3. Assessment

  4. Certification for successful candidates.


In the event that the candidate is unsatisfied with the outcome of the RPL process, provision exists for appeal.

Collect and Collate Evidence Sample

This list is a guide of examples of evidence to support the application, which might include the following documents where applicable:

  • References

  • Employment History

  • Logbooks

  • Examples of works produced.

  • Job description

  • Authorized Reports on jobs done by candidates.

  • Authorized Research Documentation

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Performance Reviews by Employers where applicable

  • Certificates of participation/awards/achievements

  • Authorized Recordings and photographs of work activities

  • Details of informal training programmes, seminars, conferences, and workshops you have attended that are relevant to your RPL.

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