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Recognition of Prior Learning

A student who has undertaken previous non-formal learning (e.g. outside school, polytechnic, or university) may apply to have their achievement recognised and credited towards a formal University of Waikato qualification.

What is Recognition of Prior Learning?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the formal recognition of non-credentialed prior learning, giving students the opportunity to reduce the amount of time required to achieve a university level qualification.

Essentially, if students have undertaken learning for which they have not received a formal qualification, and which may be of a level which could count towards a university level qualification, they are entitled to apply for RPL.

An example of this could be a student who has taught themself how to design a website, and has then created it. Whilst the learning that they have undertaken may not have been attached to a formal qualification, the skills and understandings which they have acquired may count at university degree level study. The same would apply to someone who has work experience which has given them these skills.

The Faculty of Education offer a credit of up to 30 points to a master’s degree or postgraduate diploma through Recognition of Prior Learning process.   An example of this could be a student who has completed a one year National Aspiring Principals’ Programme (NAPP).

NOTE: Only one RPL credit of up to 30 points is permitted for a master’s qualification in the Faculty of Education. This credit may not be substituted for required papers for a qualification.