The process of RPL typically includes five stages.
During this stage, the learner obtains accessible, user- friendly information about what is possible and how the RPL process works. This can be done through online research and connecting with an RPL Coordinator.
During this stage, the learner explores their prior learning (e.g. in relation to a programme’s entry requirements or the learning outcomes of a module) with a view to making an application for formal recognition.
This stage makes visible the individual’s learning in the context of their application. For the learner, this involves a reflective process and gathering relevant materials to substantiate their application.
The learner’s application is assessed. A range of assessment mechanisms may be used (e.g. portfolios, interviews, essays, examinations, etc.). This stage must be appropriate to the application and fit for purpose. Depending on the outcome of the assessment process, the learner proceeds to receive either certification or further information.
Certification: If the application is successful, the learner will receive formal recognition (i.e. acknowledgement) or certification, which will lead to one or more of the following outcomes:
- Entry to a programme
- Advanced entry to a programme
- Credit towards an award or exemption from some programme modules