As previously explained, this guide attempts to set out information on the recognition of prior learning (RPL) in a way which is simple to understand and relevant to your needs. To be able to do this the guide asks you to make a number of choices before giving you tailored information about the type of RPL you are interested in. As a provider of RPL you may well have a clear idea of the requirements of your organisation, or the established standards within your sector. This guide is in no way intended to prescribe processes or standards, but aims to signpost resources or examples of practice which are relevant to the different RPL scenarios which might be encountered.
When considering what approach you or your organisation should take if approached to recognise prior learning it is useful to understand and be able to explain to learners the types of learning which can be recognised and the type of recognition you might be able to provide. The processes involved with recognition will change depending on the scenario and from an institutional or organisation point of view you may not have already considered all of the possible scenarios and how these might relate to your existing policies and practices. By asking you to make some simple choices, this guide will help you to explore these issues in more detail and signpost you to a range of resources where these are available.
Learners will probably have a goal in mind if they are considering RPL; for example they may want to gain exemption from aspects of a course they are applying for, or gain access to a particular qualification. However, as well as being clear about their goal they will need to also think about some other considerations that will have an impact on whether RPL is likely to be available to them, and also how it might be carried out. For this reason, it is also important that providers of RPL are equally clear on what they are able to offer so that they can communicate effectively with learners.
The two main considerations which will influence your approach to providing RPL are:
1. The type of learning to be recognised.
2. The type of recognition being provided.
The guide gives you four options to choose from when defining the type of learning that you are interested in recognising. The information within the tool should provide you with enough insight to categorise learning and select the most appropriate option. Once you are clear on the type of learning to be recognised you can go on to choose the type of recognition you are interested in providing