Advising for Recognition of Prior Learning


RPL Process Flow Chart

At Red River College Polytechnic, 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 Polytech 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 and attending a RPL orientation session are the first steps in the RPL process.

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RPL Orientation Sessions

Our orientations will introduce you to the concept of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and the ways prior learning is recognized at Red River College Polytechnic. Orientations are held monthly from September through June and individuals will have an opportunity to attend the orientation on campus or online. Search for the ‘Recognition of Prior Learning Orientation’ event at the following link:

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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 Polytech course/program outcomes and of sufficient breadth and depth to ensure college level learning.

National Advanced Placement and Prior Learning (N-APPL)

Red River College Polytechnic 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.

Connect with a RPL Advisor for more information. Simply fill out our online intake form and we will contact you within three business days.


RRC Polytech 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