Recognition of Prior Learning

People learn anytime, everywhere. Outcomes of prior learning in all contexts of life can be validated, recognised, certified to give people wings to new perspectives and opportunities in education and training, employment, entrepreneurship, better jobs, social inclusion. Across the world, countries and regional communities increasingly recognise the value of non-formal and informal learning and many are establishing systems to acknowledge competencies gained through non-formal and informal modalities. This Report on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) / Validation of Competences gives an overview on RPL, viewed as component of national qualifications systems. Ten examples from African countries presented in this brief show some diversity in terms of scope, and design of RPL / Validation systems, but also several common traits: Angola, Cape Verde, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa, and Zambia.
ACQF supports knowledge-sharing on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) ACQF supports knowledge-sharing on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Learning acquired in all contexts is valuable for the individuals, society, labour market and economic development. RPL / VAE / RVCC are the policy instruments enabling the parity of esteem of learning acquired throughout life in different contexts and modalities beyond formal schooling. The ACQF Model of Qualifications Frameworks in a systemic view comprises links to RPL, as essential component of the wider qualifications system.