The main purpose of conducting Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is to provide individuals with the opportunity to gain formal recognition for their prior learning and experience and to achieve a qualification or certification without having to undergo formal training or assessment.
RPL aims to promote lifelong learning and recognize the diverse pathways that individuals may take to acquire knowledge and skills. It is based on the principle that learning can occur through a variety of formal, non-formal, and informal experiences, and that this learning should be recognized and valued.
By recognizing prior learning and experience, RPL can help individuals to:
- Gain credit towards a qualification or certification
- Save time and money by reducing the need for formal training or assessment
- Enhance their employment prospects and career opportunities
- Meet regulatory or licensing requirements for their profession
- Increase their self-confidence and motivation to learn
- Promote a culture of lifelong learning and professional development.
In addition, RPL can also benefit employers and industries by promoting workforce development, enhancing productivity, and recognizing the value of diverse learning pathways and experiences.