Originator: VP, Academic
Approver: Senior Academic Committee
Effective: May 24, 2023
Replaces: April 13, 2018
Red River College Polytechnic (RRC Polytech or “the College”), provides opportunities for students to receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to support equity, access and reconciliation. RPL enhances student mobility within RRC Polytech programs and between RRC Polytech and other Recognized Post-Secondary Institutions.
RPL is a process that formally recognizes learning (acquired through education, work and life experience) for academic credit. It involves the identification, documentation, assessment, and recognition of Formal, Informal, and Non-Formal learning acquired through education, work and life experience.
This Policy and its associated Procedures set out a transparent mechanism by which students can apply to gain credit at RRC Polytech from prior learning in accordance with appropriate factors as determined by the RRC Polytech from time to time.
This Policy applies to all Red River College Polytechnic students and programs.
“Chair” refers to the Chair or Equivalent (or their designate) of a RRC Polytech program.
“Dean” refers to the Dean or Equivalent (or their designate) of a RRC Polytech school.
“Equivalent”, means equal course learning outcomes or positions that include all critical or essential components.
“Formal learning” is learning usually organized by professional educators and leads to a qualification or academic credential. It traditionally takes place in educational institutions such as colleges and universities. Recognition of formal learning typically leads to a transfer of credit.
“Informal learning” is learning that takes place through work and life experiences. Informal learning activities are not structured or officially evaluated.
“Non-formal learning” is learning usually offered by a sector, professional group or a company to deal with specific training needs. Formal assessment may or may not be included.
“Recognized Post-secondary Institution” refers to a post-secondary institution that is authorized, registered and/or licensed by a government ministry/department responsible for education and/or quality-assurance/accrediting agencies in the jurisdiction in which the institution is located.
“Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)” refers to a set of processes that allow individuals to document, be assessed and gain recognition for their prior learning. The focus is on the learning rather than where or how the learning occurred. Knowledge, skills and abilities gained from life experiences may be formal, informal or non-formal.
“Student” refers to an individual:
Recognized prior learning will be applied towards graduation requirements of RRC Polytech programs.
RRC Polytech will evaluate and grant credit to registered students for qualifying previous formal, informal and non-formal learning that is equivalent to RRC Polytech courses or programs.
RRC Polytech’s assessment of prior learning processes will be valid, reliable, equitable, efficient and effective.
To ensure fairness and reliability, RRC Polytech will follow the nine guiding principles for Quality RPL Practice in Canada as set forth by the Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment (CAPLA) and other emerging best practices.
Credit will be awarded, in accordance with RRC Polytech’s assessment criteria, for demonstrated prior learning that reflects:
Upon admission/enrolment in a RRC Polytech program/course, a student may be awarded up to 75% of the credits in a program for their prior learning. If warranted, additional credits may be granted by the Dean in consultation with the Chair and the Manager Academic Quality and RPL.
Subject matter experts will assess and determine credit awards for prior learning.
When an accreditation agreement is in effect between RRC Polytech and regulatory authority or another Post Secondary Institution, RRC Polytech will follow the processes and procedures established in that accreditation agreement.
Where RRC Polytech determines that it is appropriate to award credit for prior learning, RRC Polytech will record grades on the student’s transcript as follows:
Where a student does not successfully complete a RRC Polytech course, that student is not eligible to apply for credit for that course through RPL until they have gained sufficient evidence of new learning and have received approval from the Chair to apply for RPL.
A student who participates in an assessment and is denied credit for prior learning has the right to Appeal the decision in accordance with the Student Appeal Policy S3.
Fees will be charged for RPL in accordance with the Procedures.
To ensure consistency and efficacy of the RPL system, training and ongoing professional development will be provided to all staff involved in the development and implementation of RPL processes and assessments.
The VP Academic has the responsibility to approve Procedures under this Policy.
RRC Polytech’s RPL Services and system are coordinated by the Manager Academic Quality and RPL. Each of the RRC Polytech staff involved in RPL have a responsibility to collect data to generate statistics on RPL inquires processes and assessments.
The Manager Academic Quality and RPL is responsible for:
The Director of Enrolment Services and Registrar is responsible for:
Educational Developer – RPL is responsible for:
The International Credential and Transfer Credit Officer and the RPL Advisor are each responsible for:
The RPL Committee acts in an advisory capacity to the Manager Academic Quality and RPL regarding recognition of prior learning processes, resources and issues.
The RPL Committee is responsible for:
Deans of RRC Polytech schools are responsible for:
Chairs of RRC Polytech programs, or their designate, are responsible for:
Instructors are responsible for:
Students are responsible for:
This Policy will be reviewed and updated as required within five years of its approval date.
A1 – Application and Admission to College Programs
A5 – Course Outline
A17 – Academic Integrity
A20 – Requirements for Graduation
A22 – Academic Standards
S1 – Students Code of Rights and Responsibilities
S3 – Student Appeals