What is Recognition of Prior Learning?
At RRC, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) as it is also commonly known, is a process in which individuals have the opportunity to obtain credit for college-level knowledge and skills gained outside the classroom and/or through other educational programs. It is a process which compares an individual’s prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in college courses.
The individual demonstrates this learning through valid, rigorous assessment methods which follow College policies and procedures and ensure that credible learning has taken place. If the learning demonstrated is equivalent to what would normally be acquired through a formal course(s) in the chosen area of study, then credit is granted. College faculty are the “course” experts who assess the learning and determine the credit awarded for prior learning.
The College’s RPL services and system are coordinated and provided by the RPL Facilitator, RPL Advisor(s), RPL assessors, RPL Committee of cross-college representatives and designates from academic departments, support and administrative services.
What is meant by “prior learning”?
Prior learning is any learning that an individual has acquired from formal education, work and/or volunteer experience, personal study and any other life activities (i.e. hobbies, travel, training programs, community life, etc.) that resulted in knowledge and skills. Learners may have acquired college level learning through these significant work and life experiences. They have learning which may be equivalent to the knowledge, skills and abilities expected from college courses/programs.