Advising for Recognition of Prior Learning

What is Recognition of Prior Learning?

At RRC, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process that compares an individual’s prior learning gained from education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in college courses. A successful RPL process may result in credit for a college course(s).

A student demonstrates this learning through valid, rigorous assessment methods that follow College policies and procedures and ensure that credible learning has taken place. If the learning demonstrated through an RPL process is equivalent to that 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 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. Students may have acquired college level learning through these significant work and life experiences. They have learning that may be equivalent to the knowledge, skills and abilities expected from college courses/programs.

RPL Orientation

The Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Orientation is for students and prospective students who have acquired learning from formal education, work and/or volunteer experience, personal study and life activities and are interested in courses and programs at Red River College.