Recognition Of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of recognizing a candidate’s current

Competencies which may have been achieved through means that include any combination of formal or informal training and education, work experience or general life experience

regardless of where or how the learning took place


Assessment for recognition of prior learning (RPL) is conducted to formally acknowledge competence gained on-the-job or as a result of other informal or unstructured learning experiences.

The process involves:

  • The Council invites applications from the general public and an individual responds by submitting an application form to an assessment center or alternatively an individual applies to a center for assessment in a specific area of competence.
  • The candidate is interviewed to determine his/her readiness for assessment and is oriented to the qualification and units of competency to be assessed.
  • Assessment center requests the Council for an assessor(s) for the given unit(s) of competency or qualification upon which they will receive an assessment schedule and assessment tool(s)
  • Assessor develops an assessment plan in conjunction with the candidate
  • Assessor carries out reasonable adjustment on the assessment tool(s) where applicable
  • The candidate performs the assessment task(s) as the assessor collects the evidence, makes judgment and records results
  • Assessor gives assessment feedback to the candidate and discusses the way forward
  • Assessor completes assessment documents and submits to the center for onward transmission to the Council
  • A candidate not satisfied with the assessment outcome appeals through the laid down appeals procedure.