An RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) student is an individual who seeks recognition of their prior learning and experience to gain credit towards a qualification or certification without undertaking formal training or assessment. RPL students are typically experienced professionals who have acquired knowledge and skills through work experience, volunteering, or other non-formal or informal learning experiences.
RPL students may be seeking to obtain a formal qualification or certification in their field of work or to enhance their career prospects and employment opportunities. They may also be seeking to meet regulatory or licensing requirements for their profession.
The RPL process involves assessing the individual’s prior learning and experience against the learning outcomes and competency standards of a particular qualification or certification. If the individual’s prior learning and experience meet the requirements of the qualification or certification, they may be awarded credit or recognition of prior learning, enabling them to achieve the qualification or certification more quickly and with less formal training or assessment.