Advising for Recognition of Prior Learning


RPL Process Flow Chart

At Red River College, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process that identifies, documents, assesses and recognizes formal study, and informal and non-formal learning gained through work and life experience.

RRC evaluates and grants credit for qualifying previous learning that is equivalent to learning outcomes in College courses and programs.

Recognized prior learning will be applied toward the requirements of College programs.

College faculty are the subject matter experts/assessors who assess the learning and award course credits. The College RPL Advisor and/or Program RPL advisors assist individuals throughout the RPL process.

Accessing RPL

Contacting the RPL Advisor at and attending a RPL orientation session are the first steps in the RPL process.

See the forms and fees ›

RPL Orientation Sessions

IMPORTANT: In accordance with advice we received from the Province of Manitoba regarding mass gatherings during the global COVID-19 pandemic, Red River College made the decision to cancel face-to-face RPL orientation sessions until further notice.

You can view the RPL orientation session information at the links provided below:

The health and safety of our staff, students and stakeholders is our highest priority. The decision is a proactive measure taken in concert with Manitoba Health guidelines and in response to an uncertain and rapidly changing situation. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Recognition of relevant learning, equivalent to that required in College courses and programs ensures that students do not have to relearn what they already know and can do. Benefits include:

  • encourages pursuit of formal education
  • eliminates duplication of learning
  • increases access
  • may reduce the cost of a College education
  • may shorten the time to complete a College program
  • increases self-esteem and self-confidence
  • validates learning gained through work and life experience
  • identifies program areas requiring further study
  • assists with career development and educational planning

Who should apply for RPL?

RPL is for adult learners who have previous formal learning and/or significant work and life learning that may be equivalent to college courses/programs. Credit is awarded for the learning that has come from these experiences.

The learning should be current, relevant to the RRC course/program outcomes and of sufficient breadth and depth to ensure college level learning.

National Advanced Placement & Prior Learning

Red River College has a partnership with the National Advanced Placement & Prior Learning (N-APPL) process. Canadian Armed Forces veterans may be eligible for recognition of prior learning through the N-APPL process. The N-APPL process evaluates and recognizes the skills and expertise of former and current serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

For information, please contact RRC’s RPL Advisor at or 204-632-3094.


RRC uses four approaches to assess prior learning:

More detailed information on RPL policies, procedures and assessment methods is available from the RPL Advisor or the specific program area. Please note that fees apply to each assessment method.

Frequently Asked Questions