Recognised Prior Learning
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Frequently Asked Questions - Recognised Prior Learning
Is there a fee for RPL?
How can I apply for RPL for my expired Level 1 Cert (or equivalent) towards entry onto other courses?
Candidates should complete and submit a generic NCEF/UL Application Form & a Portfolio of Learning Form (POL), which includes a detailed report of learning and work experience in the Health & Fitness Industry and any other area that is particularly relevant to the unit being applied for (e.g. Personal Training) & the €125 RPL fee.
What is a Portfolio of Learning?
In a Portfolio of Learning, you provide details with regard to the learning you have achieved a) in formal education and b) in any work or life experience relevant to this application. A portfolio is an investment opportunity for you to collect and collate evidence of the level of competence that you have achieved in a structured format so that it can be presented for recognition of prior learning, skills and abilities. The official NCEF/UL Portfolio of Learning Form (POL) has been tailored to include all the elements referred to above – you simply complete the form and attach any documentation requested e.g. CV & references.
How can I apply for RPL for my NCEF Level 1 Certificate (or equivalent)?
Do I have to attend an interview?
It may be necessary for you to be interviewed in order to provide greater detail and or to clarify the learning he/ she has achieved. The interview may also include having you complete a short written assignment on some element of your prior learning experiences. You will be informed prior to interview if you will be required to complete a written assignment as part of the interview process.
What criteria will be used by the board to assess my prior learning?
Relevance/ Validity: Evidence presented is directly relevant to the standard for entry to, credit towards or exemption from parts of the award/ stage/unit in question.
Equivalency: Evidence presented demonstrates that the standards for entry to, credit towards or exemption from parts of the award/ stage /unit in question have been met.
Currency: Evidence is current within the last 5 years. Evidence provided may be older but if so must still show that it is current to the skill, knowledge and competency requirements of the award/ stage / unit in question.
Authenticity: Evidence is endorsed by educational institution where appropriate and / or by current employer, referee/ appropriate person.
Sufficiency: The evidence provided is adequate to meet the application for entry to credit towards or exemption from parts of the award/ stage / unit in question.