What are the Benefits of RPL?
Learning takes place outside of educational institutions and may be acquired in workplaces, communities, non-credit courses, volunteer activities, travel, through self-study etc. Individuals continue to develop new skills through participation in lifelong learning opportunities.
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.
RPL benefits for the student…
- 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
RPL benefits for the College…
- increases institutional efficiency by eliminating the need for unnecessary training
- increases student recruitment and retention
- helps to ensure the College is responsive to diverse learning pathways
- allows for more appropriate placement of students in programs
- meets the needs of a wider range of students
- helps to build relationships with business, community and industry
RPL benefits for the workplace and society…
- recognizes lifelong learning and ever changing workforces
- encourages workplace partnerships with institutions