The Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process through which formal, non-formal and informal learning are measured, 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 or 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).
In this instance, we focus on one of these pathways which is the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), which SAQA (2013) terms as: “the principles and processes through which the prior knowledge and skills of a person are made visible, mediated and assessed for the purpose of alternative access and admission, recognition and certification, or further learning and development.” The CHE (2013) continues with supporting this by noting that “institutions may recognise other forms of prior learning as equivalent to the prescribed minimum admission requirements, and may recognise other forms of prior learning for entry to or granting advanced standing in given programmes” ... ”In all cases, the admitting institution must be satisfied that the applicant has the necessary competence.
This is what this platform is designed to do. It is aimed at recognising your learning, however optioned, for alternative entry purposes into higher education in South Africa through relevant competence assessments.
You have to complete the entire online application and payment process first and only book your assessment at the college once you have been tasked to do so. You will not be able to do so beforehand. This means that you have already started on your journey; make sure that you complete this application form and follow the instructions given to you carefully.
We encourage you to follow each instruction carefully, and to do your best. It is wise not to rush through the sections but to take your time to complete each section to the best of your ability. This advice is valuable in the assessments themselves as well. Take your time and don’t rush. This should give you the advantage.
For each application, you will be required to pay R1550 (Jan – Oct 2018). This fee covers the assessments, support, reporting and developmental reports that you will receive at the end of this journey.
No refunds are available. Once you pay for the service you agree to the terms and conditions and start to make use of the services which incur costs.
Credit Card; Retail payments at the Post Office, Shoprite, Checkers, House & Home; EFT; and ATM Cash payment options available
There is no need to do this. Just follow the online instructions and choose which payment option suites you best.
There is no need for this. Make the payment once you have reached the stage on the online system where it asks you to make payment, not before, or after.
Unfortunately, at this stage we are not able to offer anyone with this option
No, it cannot be guaranteed that you will be successful in your application. You need to prove competence at a certain level to become successful in your application. The payment is merely paying for the assessments and the service that is offered here to you.
It is important to remember that you have to complete this application. However, we are here to offer support and help where needed. We encourage you to email email@example.com with any specific questions/struggles that you may be encountering so that we can help you better understand what is required from you. We will also be moderating your answers in your Portfolio of Learning and asking you to maybe give more detail where required in order to help you strengthen your application.
You are encouraged here to contact the campus at which you wish to study at and ask them if you can make use of one of their computers that has internet access. They should provide you with this option. Additionally, reach out to family and friends who have a computer that you can use to complete this application. Completing this on your phone will be difficult and is therefore not encouraged.
No. We only accept documents, evidence and other information which were provided through the online portal.
At this stage, no telephone contact details are available but should be available within the next few months. In the meantime, make use of the firstname.lastname@example.org email address and ensure that when you ask your questions that you provide the necessary details so that the administrators will be best able to help you. We man the emails between 9:00 and 17:00 from Monday to Friday. Please do not send repeated emails with the same questions as it delays our response times to other students. We will answer your email as soon as possible.
Certain requirements need to be met before you can complete these types of assessments. It seems that you may not meet all these following requirements:
You need to be 17 years and older
You need to be out of school, regardless at which grade you left but you cannot still be in school
If you are an international applicant, you need to have applied for an equivalence certificate from SAQA to ensure that you do not meet the minimum requirements for access before applying through this route. We do not assist you with this as part of this service.
You need to have access to the relevant documents that are needed for this application as well as the funding needed before starting your application.
We encourage you to complete the application within 6 months or well before the registration date of the college that you are applying at. The last day of any application acceptance in a particular year is 1 December. Only existing applications can be completed before 31 December of a particular year. New applications for the following year or thereafter restarts in the first work week of January of a particular year.
The RPL for Access process is a long one and you will be asked to complete various kinds of assessments.
Your results will be available as soon as you have completed all the assessments at the college and as part of your online platform. Typically, the results will be made available to you after the Competency Based Interview has been completed and scored.
Feedback will be provided by the college staff members as soon as they become available. You have the right to access your report as soon as it becomes available.
You can challenge the final results with the college directly. This option is however not part of this service.
Re-assessments can only be offered after 9 months after the initial assessment has been completed. No immediate re-assessment is offered as part of this service.
Please do not be discouraged if you are unsuccessful in your assessments. We encourage you to contact your college marketer for other course to which you can have direct access into or to re-apply after the 9 months waiting period. In the meantime, look at your reports and results and use the information given for your future development.