DIGITUUR | 17. Recognition of prior learning and work experience
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Recognition of prior learning and work experience

In vocational and higher education, but also at upper secondary schools for adults, it is possible to recognise the learner’s prior studies and work experience (RPL).

RPL allows to consider the following:

  • prior studies at another educational institution
  • further training or independent study
  • knowledge and skills acquired from work experience

Suitability of previously obtained knowledge with the learning objectives and outcomes of the curriculum or with occupational standards is an important factor.

RPL provides a flexible opportunity for acquiring education and saves time and money for the educational institution, employer and learner. The benefit is mutual, as motivated people enrol in studies, and reinforce their theoretical studies with practical experience.