Information about RPL

How Do Students Access RPL | Who Should Apply for RPL  |  How do we assess prior learning at RRC  |  Why “Do” RPL  | What are the benefits of RPL  |  RPL Fees  |
Standards and Policies  |  Students Outside of Winnipeg


How do students access RPL?

For specific information on RPL in the following programs, please contact:

Who should apply for RPL?

Recognition of Prior Learning is for adult learners who have significant work and life experience and learning which may be equivalent to college courses. Learners should be able to apply learning acquired in different situations and places of work. The learning should be current, relevant to the course/program and of sufficient breadth and depth to ensure college level learning.

How do we assess prior learning at RRC?

Currently RRC uses four main approaches for the assessment of prior learning. These include:

  1. Assessment of Educational Documents for Transfer Credits
    Assessment of formal courses completed through recognized post-secondary institutions may be equivalent to courses in a program of study at RRC. The student is required to submit original or certified transcripts and detailed course outlines. Program faculty make Transfer of Credit decisions.
  2. Challenge Process
    Methods of flexible assessment developed and evaluated by RRC faculty measure a student’s prior learning as it relates to learning outcomes of specific course(s) in a college program. These methods include:
    2.1: Challenge Examinations (i.e. oral/written tests, projects, assignments, product assessments, interviews, etc.)
    These are assignments, tests, projects, interviews etc. based on the learning outcomes of a specific course, which have been designed by program faculty to assess college-level learning. Students who believe they have prior learning related to a particular course are provided with course information and have access to appropriate texts and other learning materials to prepare for the RPL processes. They are required to demonstrate through the RPL process that they have equivalent learning. If successful in the RPL processes for the course then credit is granted.
    2.2: Skill Demonstrations (i.e. practical examinations, skill demonstrations, simulations)
    Practical examinations, skill demonstrations and simulations involve the actual demonstration of an individual’s prior learning as it relates to the learning outcomes of a course(s)/program. Students who believe they have prior learning related to a particular course are provided with performance checklists and have access to texts and other resources. The specific learning outcomes and performance standards are assessed by program faculty. If successful in the RPL processes for the course then credit is granted.
  3. Portfolio Assessment
    A portfolio is a detailed document developed by the student, which identifies and provides proof of the learning acquired through work and life experience, which may be equivalent to the learning outcomes in a college course(s). The portfolio is assessed for course credit by program faculty. The student may develop a portfolio with assistance from program faculty and /or the RPL Advisor.
  4. External Course/Program Assessment
    RRC has developed a process for the evaluation of programs/courses offered through industry, business or community groups to determine equivalency to college courses. This process includes specific policies, guidelines and a fee structure for the evaluation of workplace training.

Note: Students are required to pay fees for the RPL processes. These fees are based on the services performed in the process and not by the amount of credit awarded. Fees vary depending on the RPL method used.

Application forms for RPL – The Transfer Credit Request Form and the RPL Portfolio and/or Challenge Process Assessments form – are available by contacting the RPL Advisor. Staff and faculty may access the forms from the Anytime Anywhere Instructor Resource site.

Why “Do” RPL?

We know for a fact that important adult learning takes place outside of educational institutions. College equivalent learning may be acquired in settings or activities such as the workplace, community, non-credit courses, volunteer activities, travel, etc. We know credentials are increasing even for entry-level jobs. The changing job market requires adults to re-skill, re-train more frequently than ever before. In fact, lifelong or continuous learning is part of our lives. Colleges must increasingly meet the needs of learners who are returning to college as mature learners. It is not an effective and efficient use of resources if learners are having to relearn what they already know and can do. This also adds time, and sometimes additional costs, to the learner’s program. By providing opportunities for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), the college is better able to meet the needs of learners.

What are the benefits of RPL?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) has many benefits…

For the student:

  • encourages students to pursue education
  • eliminates duplication of learning
  • increases access
  • may reduce the cost of a college education
  • may shorten the time to complete a college program
  • increases self-esteem and self-confidence
  • validates learning gained through work and life experience
  • identifies program areas requiring further study
  • assists with career development and education planning

For the college:

  • increases institutional efficiency by eliminating the need for unnecessary training
  • increases student recruitment and retention
  • helps to ensure the College is flexible and responsive to changes and lifelong learning
  • allows for more appropriate learner placement in programs
  • increases accessibility to a broad range of learners
  • provides an important service for business, community and industry

For the workplace and society:

  • recognizes life long learning and society’s need for a productive and capable workforce
  • encourages workplace partnerships with institutions

RPL Fees

he maximum fee charged to any student for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) at RRC in any one year will not exceed the full-time program fee as determined by the Registrar. The fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Assessment of Educational Documents for Transfer Credit

Transfer of Credit from publicly funded Manitoba Post-secondary institutions – No Fee

Transfer of Credit from other Canadian Post-secondary institutions – $15 per course (maximum $75 per application)

Transfer of Credit from International Post-secondary institutions – Fee to be considered on an individual basis (minimum of $50 up to a maximum $250 per application)

Portfolio Assessment Fees

Portfolio assessment fee for each course in which a portfolio assessment is requested.

Portfolio assessment fee for courses up to 20 hours – $75
Portfolio assessment fee for courses 21-60 hours – $150
Portfolio assessment fee for courses 61+ hours – $250

Challenge Process Fees

* Challenge Examinations (i.e. written/oral examinations, projects, assignments or a combination of) – $35 per hour of assessment up to a maximum of $250 per course (includes cost of consumables)

Practical Examinations, Skill Demonstrations, Simulations – $35 per hour of assessment up to a maximum of $350 per course (*plus cost of consumables)

Full time students enrolled in full time programs will be assessed a RPL fee of $100 per course for a Challenge Examination process (ie written/oral exams, projects, assignment or combinations of) or a course portfolio assessment. If the designated course RPL fee is less than $100, students will pay the lower RPL course fee. For assessments involving Skill Demonstration/Practical Skill examinations/Simulations, full time students will pay the designated fee as determined by the program area, based on the RPL Fee Range Guidelines. (see above)

Fees for Assessing RPL for Program Outcomes

In programs where RPL is conducted on a program outcomes basis, the fees will be based on $35 per hour of assessment (plus cost of consumables if any) for each program outcome. The maximum amount charged to conduct RPL for all program outcomes in a program will not exceed the full time program fee as determined by the Registrar.

What standards and policies has the College set for RPL?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policies are based on national and international, quality academic and administrative standards for prior learning assessment and recognition.

Policy A14 – RPL Policies and Procedures provides the standard for RPL implementation across the college. RPL at Red River College includes transfer of credit from formal post secondary education and training.

Policy A15 – Transfers Between RRC Programs pertains to the transfer of grades and or credits between programs.

Policy A16 – Transfer of Credits to RRC Programs from Other Post-Secondary Institutions describes transfer of credit from external institutions.

Students Outside of Winnipeg

Students from outside of Winnipeg are encouraged to contact the RPL Advisor for general information on RPL services. The RPL Advisor advises students on RPL practices and ensures the student is linked up with the appropriate program area faculty. In some College programs, RPL is available by distance.