Assessment & Moderation

Understanding Recognition of Prior Learning (Article 1)

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    RPL is a process that recognises what learners already know and can do regardless of whether this learning was achieved formally, informally or non-formally.

    The Function of RPL is to

    1. Identify what the candidate knows and can do
    2. Compare those skills and knowledge with the unit standard or qualification
    3. Assess the candidate against these standards & requirements
    4. Credit the candidate where applicable.

    The Process of RPL

    • The applicant identifies the learning he/she wants to have evaluated;
    • The assessor and the learner express the learning in specific outcomes that is relevant and appropriate for the credits required
    • The applicant collects a Portfolio of Evidence (POE)
    • The assessor evaluates the evidence procedure as well as the learner’s competence
    • The assessor makes a recommendation about the learning and the amount of credit that should be given based on their evaluation and evidence that was produced
    • The assessor writes a report recommending whether the learner should be given credits/qualification;
    • The assessor completes an Endorsement of Learning Results form and submits it to the Internal Moderator who validates the decision
    • The Internal Moderator submits Learner information and results to the ETQA
    • The ETQA certifies the learner by uploading data onto the National Learner Record Database (NLRD)


    The assessment will be subject to the following principles:

    • The application of NQF principles
    • The application of the principles of credible assessment
    • The application of the principles of the collection of and quality of the evidence.
    • The assessment being planned and designed on the basis of understanding the requirements of the unit standard, part qualification or qualification for which the learner is seeking credit
    • Sourcing types of evidence as suggested.
    • The use of various methods and instruments mentioned.
    • The application of the assessment process outlined.
    • The application of moderation requirements.

    RPL Methods may include

    1. Interviews
    2. Portfolios
    3. Tests, integrative exams and/or projects
    4. Site visits
    5. Demonstration of learning outcomes underpinning a particular skill/set of skills
    6. Submission of assignments/projects


    It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide proof/evidence of competence that he/she acquired through prior learning.

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