DEFINITION OF RPL
Recognition of prior learning means the comparison of the previous learning and experience of a learner, howsoever obtained, against the learning outcomes required for a specified qualification and the acceptance for purposes of qualification of that which meets the requirements.
What is RPL?
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process for obtaining credit in the required modules for a qualification offered by EQASA. Individuals who have acquired learning through non-formal education such as work experience, self-study, volunteer activities and other life experience, can be assessed and subsequently awarded credits towards this qualification.
Why apply for RPL?
. recognition of skills and knowledge gained through non-formal education.
. for all experienced persons in the equine and equestrian industry to obtain an EQASA qualification in their specialist discipline or field of practice. E.g. yard managers; riding instructors; coaches; professional grooms; equestrian tourism providers etc.
What will be assessed?
Learning will be assessed - what you know and what you can do. RPL is based on the belief that adults acquire knowledge and skills through experience. The quality (standard or level) of the learning and the quantity of experience (years of experience) is important.
Learning will be assessed to establish whether the RPL candidates have:
. foundational competence - that is, their understanding of what they are doing and why they are doing it
. practical competence - their ability to perform a set of tasks
. reflexive competence - their ability to integrate and connect their knowledge and skills so that they learn from their actions and are able to adapt to changes and unforeseen circumstances
. applied competence - how they demonstrate the application of their knowledge and skills
At what level should the learning be?
At the level of the modules or unit standards for which you are applying for credit.
Who can apply for RPL?
. adults (aged 35 and up) who have at least ten years experience that is current; and
. who have acquired skills and knowledge through one or some of the following:
. formal study
. work experience
. informal study for recreational or personal interest
. company-based training
. industry-based training
. working with experts in the field
. life experience
. who comply with the admission criteria for the programme
What is not appropriate for an RPL application?
RPL credit may not duplicate any other academic work. You may not apply for RPL credit and register for the EQASA Qualifications simultaneously. RPL does not assess vocational or craft skills, or self-improvement experience, unless the significance of this learning extends beyond the individual.
How does EQASA grant credit for RPL?
Credit is granted when the candidate's knowledge and skills match the learning outcomes for the specified modules.
Once you have been accepted as an RPL candidate, you will either do a challenge examination and/or be asked to compile a portfolio of evidence to support your application. EQASA assessors will decide whether you will write a challenge examination in addition to submitting a portfolio, according to general assessment criteria and the nature of the specific module. A panel of assessors will assess your evidence and will recommend or decline credit. Credits obtained through RPL are recorded on your transcript of results.
What if credit is declined?
If a candidate is unsuccessful and does not receive the credits for which he or she applied, he or she may enroll for the modular examinations or stand-alone unit standard.
For how long will credits be acknowledged?
Credits awarded will be acknowledged for five years after accreditation, and are renewable on application at no cost.
What is a challenge examination?
Some subjects are best assessed through a formal examination. Formal examinations for RPL are called challenge examinations. The challenge examination might take different forms, for example an oral examination, a skills demonstration or a written examination.
Challenge examinations/assessments will be for selected modules or unit standards only.
What is the difference between a challenge examination and an ordinary examination?
An ordinary examination is one in which you have enrolled for a specific module, because you wish to acquire that specific knowledge, you have studied a prescribed textbook and a lecturer assesses your knowledge of the prescribed learning material.
A challenge examination is compiled for an individual who claims to have all the knowledge for a specific module and who is assessed on existing knowledge. You will be assessed whether you have the necessary knowledge as described in the learning outcomes for the specific module. No reference is made to specific textbook content.
What is a portfolio?
A portfolio is a folder of information that an RPL candidate accumulates about what he or she has learned through past experiences and accomplishments. Normally, a portfolio contains descriptions of learning with supporting documentation as evidence to verify learning claimed. A portfolio is not only a product in the form of an information folder, but is also a process by which prior learning experiences can be translated into educational outcomes, and documented and assessed for credit.
How long does it take to compile a portfolio?
Most portfolios can be completed in approximately four weeks.
An RPL candidate has six months after he or she registers and pays the fee to submit his or her portfolio.
When will the portfolio be assessed?
Portfolios can be submitted throughout the year and will be assessed in the shortest possible time.
What assistance is available to RPL candidates?
EQASA will assist all RPL candidates throughout the process. Assistance will be through different channels, namely individual face-to-face appointments, telephonic contact, e-mail and the postal service.
What is the process for RPL?
(1) A prospective candidate submits a CV to EQASA, and if necessary, he or she will have an interview with the Executive Director to assess whether he or she is a candidate. In the case of RPL coach applicants, the CV must include detailed information on the competition disciplines taught and achievements of the applicant’s pupils.
(2) Candidates download the RPL application form.
(3) The candidate views the relevant subjects listed in the EQASA syllabus and/or the Skills Development Programme and decides from which modules or unit standards he or she believes he or she could, on the basis of his or her experience, be granted exemption.
(4) Candidates complete the RPL application indicating the modules for which RPL is being applied and return it to EQASA with payment of the fee in full.
(5) If assessment of modules claimed is through portfolios, the candidate completes the portfolio and submits it.
(6) Application is reviewed by the RPL panel and the Executive Director gives feedback to the applicant - this will take from three to six weeks.
(7) If assessment is by means of a challenge examination, the candidate receives notice of the date and of examination/on site assessment.
(8) The RPL panel assesses the portfolio or challenge examination and awards or declines credit.
(9) The results are sent out by the Managing Director of EQASA.
What will RPL cost?
The cost is approximately one-half of the price of the prescribed modules: i.e. R4 125 for the basic modules plus one discipline. Additional discipline modules are charged at R400 per discipline. The payment may be split over three months.
For RPL information
All enquiries relating to the RPL process or assistance needed should be addressed directly to:
Equestrian Qualifications Authority of SA
P.O. Box 4432
Tel: (044) 871-5331 or e-Mail:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR REGISTRATION
When applying for an evaluation for admission to RPL, the following documents must be submitted together to the Executive Director:
(1) RPL application for admission a): application form; b): extended CV; c): credit claim
(2) A copy of a recognized, current, level one first aid certificate
It is the candidate's responsibility to make sure that he or she complies with the general admission criteria.
Prospective candidates for RPL have to apply for it. To assess the eligibility of a prospective candidate for assessment, we need enough information to make a decision. This is a crucial step in the process because candidates are not always within reach for personal interviews. The application therefore has different sections:
· Application Form: completed
· Extended CV: The extended information should give an outline of your knowledge, skills and competencies; and the competencies/achievements and names of the learners you have taught.
· Credit Claim: is a provisional credit claim form for the required subject knowledge and elective disciplines. Do not panic if you do not know what credits to claim, EQASA will assist you on review of your application.
· Copy of a current First Aid certificate
Payment of R 4 125 (EFT payments to EQASA; ABSA Bank; Account number 906 707 4421).