Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process whereby skills and knowledge, gained by individuals outside formal learning processes, are assessed and granted formal recognition. It is seen as a catalyst for social transformation as it provides the tools whereby candidates of all ages, can gain access to jobs and places of higher education, previously unavailable to them because of their lack of formal education. RPL serves to develop South Africa’s existing human capital thereby strengthening the country’s economy.
Prior learning is assessed against the requirements of formal training programmes, in accordance with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).This assessment is carried out by academic specialists in the relevant fields with assistance from trained RPL assessors. Once assessment has been carried out and RPL learners have been declared competent and ready to enter formal training at a certain level, support opportunities are made available to enable them to bridge the gap between non-formal and formal learning and thus to succeed at their chosen lifelong learning paths.
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