Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is also referred as Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL)
APEL is a possibility to recognize prior learning (incl. continuing education) and professional work experience for completing curriculum.
According to The Rules of Organization of Study of the EAA (valid from September 1, 2019) a student shall submit an RPL Application-Transfer Form in the EKA study information system (SIS) https://artun.ois.ee.
By The Standard of Higher Education it is possible to recognise one’s prior learning or working experience for passing the curricula to unlimited amount. Though, it has to be noted that it is not possible to use APEL to recognise final thesis/ portfolio.
When applying for recognition of prior learning the applicant has to submit the prior learning experience recognition application as well as the evidence of it:
- the proof of prior learning (the diploma and diploma supplement or transcript of records);
- the description and outcomes of the studies;
- in case of applying for the recognition of general artistic and/or speciality subjects the applicant also needs to present the portfolio with art work related to the subject applied for.
When applying for working experience recognition the applicant must filled out the working experience recognition application and the copy of one’s employment contract (with the confidential or detailed information hidden) or a copy of the B-card or a certificate from the employer. The presented document must show the beginning date of the employmentship, the name of the employer (institution), the applicant’s position, work load (h/week) and the work description.
The applicant must also describe the work and analyse the experience and what was learned from it as well as how the experience matches the study outcomes of the subject applied for.
Additionally the applicant must present a portfolio showing materials or work (plans, photos, advertisements, written texts etc) related to working experience and matching the applied subject.
It is not the experience of an experience that is important but what was learned from it. The learning moment of the experience is to be able to analyse the experience.
The responsibility of the correctness and audentity of the materials presented lies on the applicant.
The adviser shall contact the applicant if the application form is filled in incorrectly or the documents are incomplete.
During the recognition process the committee may ask additional documents or materials from the applicant. The committee may add an external expert to its work, if needed.