Steps in Making an RPL Application


  1. Identify the course that you are interested in applying to.
  2. Gather as much information about the course as possible. 
  3. Decide what you wish to use your prior learning for i.e.
      1. Entry to a course,
      2. Advanced entry to a course, or,
      3. Module exemptions.
  4. Contact the course director and ask for a meeting to discuss your intentions.
  5. Alternatively you can contact the RPL Officer for an initial discussion on your options. (See contact details below).


  1. Explore your prior learning (e.g. in relation to the course's entry criteria or the learning outcomes of a module) with a view to making an application. 


  1. Draw up a list of all the courses you have completed- certified and non-formal (e.g. training courses at work or in community settings)
  2. Gather relevant evidence e.g. exam transcripts, course outlines, letters of attendance etc.
  3. If you are planning to draw from learning acquired throughout your working career start to lay that out in a chronological order- start with the most recent and work your way back.  
  4. Gather evidence that supports your experiential learning e.g. job descriptions, references, samples of work etc.
  5. Complete the relevant RPL application forms and submit them as advised by the relevant deadline.
  6. Note if you are planning to use RPL for entry or advanced entry then you must also apply for the course through the normal application channels.
  7. RPL applications for module exemptions should be made before the module commences and must be made no later than three weeks after the module starting date.
  8. If your RPL application is to be based on prior Certified learning only please use RPL Application Form RPL1
  9. If your RPL application will be based on prior Certified learning and prior Experiential learning please use RPL Application Form RPL1 and  RPL Portfolio Template RPL2


  1. Your application will be reviewed by the relevant course director and subject matter experts as appropriate.
  2. You will be contacted if any additional information is required. 
  3. You may be invited to attend an RPL interview to discuss details of your application. 


  1. You will be notified of the outcome of your RPL application as soon as possible. 


Contact Details: RPL Officer

Name: Suzanne Golden