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Applying for RPL

To apply for recognition of prior learning, you must complete and submit an Application for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) form and pay the application fee of $50.00.

Students should provide a portfolio of material that outlines their previous study/work experience/unpaid experience in the subject area. This portfolio could include: job descriptions, letters from employers, copies of reports, research or documents the student has prepared.

Application forms should be directed to the RPL Coordinator, Credit Office:

Credit Office
The Student Centre
Student Services Division
University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105
Hamilton 3240
New Zealand

Phone: +64 7 838-4466 ext. 7750

Please allow at least four weeks for your application for RPL to be processed. Confirmation of the outcome of your application for RPL will be sent to you in writing by the Credit Office.


Students will be required to pay a $50.00 application fee and, once the application has been approved, a fee of $205.00 for each paper that they wish to have assessed for RPL. This fee covers the costs involved in the examination and the assessment process. Students otherwise enrolled in a programme of study at the University of Waikato (which is eligible for student loan) will be entitled to pay RPL fees by student loan if they wish.

All students will be required to pay the fee set for each paper prior to sitting the examinations or completing the required assessments.

Please refer to the Table of Fees and Charges and the Regulations Governing Payment of Fees and Charges for more information on the payment of fees.