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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

EBMA operates Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy. RPL applies to all EBMA qualifications to enable learners to avoid duplication of learning and assessment. RPL is a method of assessment that considers whether learners can demonstrate that they can meet the assessment requirements for a unit or whole qualification through knowledge, understanding or skills they already possess and so not need to develop through a course of learning.

There are three ways of recognising prior learning which may be open to the learner:-

(1) Submission of a portfolio of evidence based on previous relevant knowledge, skills and competences which must be assessed against the assessment criteria of the unit(s) for which RPL is being sought to ensure that all learning outcomes have been achieved.
(2) Undertake the same assessments as learners following a formal course of learning and assessment that lead to award of the unit or qualification. The assessments may be undertaken without attending teaching sessions.
(3) Assessment through summative assessment against a unit or full qualification.

RPL focuses on assessment and awarding of credits for prior learning which may count as evidence towards:-
  • a unit accumulated towards a full qualification
  • a full qualification

It is important to note that partial credit for a unit may not be awarded via RPL, all learning outcomes must be achieved for credit to be awarded.

Centres wishing to carry out RPL must ensure that:-
  • Learners are registered as soon as they formally start to gather evidence.
  • Records of assessment are maintained, as for any other unit or qualification.
  • Certification and claims are made according to normal procedures.
  • All relevant evidence is assessed before assessment decisions are confirmed.
  • There are designated personnel with appropriate expertise to support and assure the RPL process.

NOTE: If a learner has certificated evidence/learning, then they should apply for exemption, not RPL. Exemptions is the facility for a learner to claim exemption from some of the achievement requirements of a qualification, using evidence of certificated achievement deemed to be of equivalent value.

Did you know ?
Implementation of RPL prevents the learner from being repeatedly assessed for skills, knowledge or understanding they already possess.

We charge Registration Fees per candidate according to the qualification he/she studying. Please see our Fees page for latest information on registration fees.

Transferring candidates
Candidates can transfer their qualification from our recognised centre to other recognised centre without paying extra Registration Fees.

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