Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy and procedures are the guidelines and processes that an organization or educational institution uses to implement its RPL program. These policies and procedures outline the steps that an individual needs to follow to apply for RPL, the assessment processes, and the criteria that will be used to determine whether an individual has met the requirements for recognition of their prior learning.
Typically, an RPL policy and procedure will include the following elements:
- Eligibility: The policy and procedure will outline the criteria for determining an individual’s eligibility for RPL, such as the specific qualifications, courses or industry standards that are covered by the RPL program.
- Assessment processes: The policy and procedure will detail the steps involved in the RPL assessment process, including the types of evidence that will be accepted to demonstrate prior learning, the methods of assessment that will be used, and the criteria that will be used to assess the evidence.
- Appeals: The policy and procedure will outline the process for appealing an RPL assessment decision, including the grounds for appeal and the steps involved in the appeals process.
- Fees: The policy and procedure will outline any fees associated with the RPL process, including the application fee and any assessment fees.
- Confidentiality: The policy and procedure will detail how an individual’s personal information will be managed and protected during the RPL process.
- Quality assurance: The policy and procedure will outline the quality assurance processes that will be used to ensure the fairness and consistency of the RPL assessment process, such as training and monitoring of assessors.
Overall, RPL policy and procedures provide a transparent and consistent framework for the assessment and recognition of an individual’s prior learning, and ensure that the RPL process is fair and equitable for all individuals.