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Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Parent term: Recognition

An assessment process that assesses the individual’s non-formal and informal learning to determine the extent to which that individual has achieved the required learning or competency outcomes; May also be referred to as: Accreditation of prior learning; Validation of informal/non formal learning.
Source: UNEVOC/NCVER 2009, Global
The acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject or module. It can lead to a full qualification in the VET sector.
Source: NCVER 2013, Australia
The process in which the individual’s previous learning outside the formal system which contributes to the achievement of current competency/ies can be assessed against the relevant unit of competency and given recognition through the issuance of appropriate certificate.
Source: TESDA 2010, Philippines
The principles and processes through which the prior knowledge and skills of a person are made visible, mediated and assessed for the purposes of alternative access and admission, recognition and certification, or further learning and development.
Source: SAQA 2013, South Africa
Acknowledgment through evaluation of a person’s skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant credits.
Source: SADC 2011, Southern Africa
Acknowledgement of the knowledge and skills that an individual has acquired in previous training and work or through experience.
Source: ILO 2006, Global
The process of recognising previous learning (often experiential) towards gaining a qualification
Source: ILO (SED) 2007, Global
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