Recognizing Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of receiving credit for learning acquired through previous experiences or other formal training. Sources of learning include any learning experience not associated with formal study and any courses taken at an institution that are not recognized through a credit transfer arrangement/agreement. Through RPL apprentices can identify, organize, and describe the things they know and can do, with the goal of receiving credit in an apprenticeship program.
If you have no recent work experience in the trade of your choice, you should contact one of the colleges which offer training in that trade to enrol in an entry level program. At that time, the college can advise you of their specific RPL practices.
If you have recent work experience, or are currently employed in the trade, you should contact a regional Apprenticeship office and discuss your options with a Apprenticeship Program Officer.
The following documents are available to help you determine if RPL could be an option for you and to guide you through the RPL process:
- RPL Information Sheet (205 KB)
- Applicants Guide for Apprentices (2.6 MB)
- Applicants Guide for Trade Qualifiers (1.3 MB)
- Application for Assessment (PL-110) (250 KB)
- Sample Completed Application Package (PL-110) (2 MB)
- Procedure 7 – The Recognition of Prior Learning (610 KB)
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