Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are both processes that can help individuals progress through their education or training. However, they differ in terms of their focus and scope.
What is credit transfer? #
Credit transfer is a process where an individual’s previously completed education or training is recognized by a new institution or program, allowing them to receive credit for the work they have already done. This means that the individual may be able to skip certain courses or requirements and move directly into more advanced courses or levels. Credit transfer is typically used when an individual is transferring from one institution or program to another, or when they have completed prior learning through a recognized institution.
What is RPL? #
On the other hand, RPL is a process where an individual’s prior learning, whether formal or informal, is recognized and assessed for its relevance and equivalence to the learning outcomes of a particular qualification or course. This means that the individual may be able to gain credit towards the qualification or course, or even receive the qualification without completing all of the required units or modules. RPL is typically used when an individual has significant prior learning that may not have been formally recognized, such as learning gained through work experience or other non-traditional avenues.
In summary, credit transfer focuses on recognizing and transferring credit for completed coursework, while RPL focuses on recognizing and assessing prior learning for its relevance and equivalence to the learning outcomes of a particular qualification or course.