Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a set of processes that allows candidates to identify, document, be assessed, and gain recognition for their prior learning (including competencies). This may be required for different reasons and within different contexts, ranging from recognition towards a qualification, professional development, career guidance, career progression and job placement.
In terms of the SAQA definition, RPL is a process through which formal, non-formal and informal learning are measured and mediated for recognition across different contexts and certified against the requirements for credit, access, inclusion or advancement in the formal education and training system or workplace.
The aim is to make it possible to obtain formal recognition for knowledge gained throughout life, such as in workplaces and own reading r experiences. The RPL process also entails providing support to a candidate to ensure that knowledge is discovered and displayed in terms of a relevant qualification registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).