Currently RRC uses four main approaches for the assessment of prior learning. These include:
Assessment of Educational Documents for Transfer Credits
This involves the assessment of formal courses completed through recognized post-secondary institutions which may be equivalent to courses in the student’s program of study at RRC. The student is required to complete a RRC Transfer Credit Request Form, submit original or certified transcripts and detailed course outlines. Transfer of credit decisions are made by program faculty.
This involves the assessment of learning documented in a portfolio(s). A portfolio(s) is a detailed document developed by the student which articulates and provides proof of the learning acquired through work and life experience which may be equivalent to the learning outcomes in a college course(s)/program. The portfolio is assessed for course credit(s) by program faculty. Students should contact the RPL Advisor for assistance with the portfolio development process. A Portfolio Development Resource Guide is available for students.
RPL Challenge Process
These are methods of flexible assessment developed and evaluated by the program faculty to measure an individual’s prior learning as it relates to learning outcomes of specific course(s) in a college program. These methods include:
Challenge Examinations (i.e. oral/written tests, projects, assignments, product assessments, interviews, etc.)
These are assignments, tests, projects, interviews etc. based on the learning outcomes of a specific course, which have been designed by program faculty to assess college-level learning. Students who believe they have prior learning related to a particular course are provided with course information and have access to appropriate texts and other learning materials to prepare for the RPL processes. They are required to demonstrate through the RPL process that they have equivalent learning. If successful in the RPL processes for the course then credit is granted.
Skill Demonstrations (i.e. practical examinations, skill demonstrations, simulations)
Practical examinations, skill demonstrations and simulations involve the actual demonstration of an individual’s prior learning as it relates to the learning outcomes of a course(s)/program. Students who believe they have prior learning related to a particular course are provided with performance checklists and have access to texts and other resources. The specific learning outcomes and performance standards are assessed by program faculty. If successful in the RPL processes for the course then credit is granted.
External Course/Program Assessment
The College has developed a process for the evaluation of programs/courses offered through industry, business or community groups to determine equivalency to college courses. This process includes specific policies, guidelines and a fee structure for the evaluation of workplace training.
NOTE: Students are required to pay fees for the RPL processes. These fees are based on the services performed in the process and not by the amount of credit awarded. Fees vary depending on the RPL method used.
Application forms for RPL - The Transfer Credit Request Form and the RPL Portfolio and/or Challenge Process Assessments form - are available by contacting the RPL Advisor.
Staff and faculty may access the forms from the Anytime Anywhere Instructor Resource (AIR) site at http://air.rrc.mb.ca