Teaching Essentials

Professional Networks

RPL activity occurs in Manitoba, across Canada and throughout many countries around the globe.

Websites for local, provincial, national and international RPL networks, qualifications frameworks and professional organizations are provided. Red River College Polytechnic has current memberships in MPLAN, CAPLA and CAEL.


Manitoba Prior Learning Assessment Network

Manitoba’s network for RPL practitioners from education, business and industry, government and the community. RRC Polytech has an Organizational membership in MPLAN.

RPL Military Workshop

Red River College Polytechnic collaborated with MPLAN, University of Winnipeg and Brandon University to offer a Military RPL Workshop on May 7, 2019. Watch the video ›

Regular and reserve members of the Canadian Forces want to upgrade or continue their education during their time of service. Retiring and releasing members and veterans want to transition into education and employment in civilian life.

Recognition of Prior Learning is an important means for individuals who have learned so much during their military service to be able to save time and effort and be appropriately placed in educational institutions, where they make great students, and in the workplace, where they make great employees.

This workshop includes information about policies and processes in Manitoba post-secondary institutions to facilitate pathways for learners with military experience, and opportunities for Manitoba employers to take advantage of the skills that prospective employees with military experience bring to the workforce. You will hear from representatives from educational institutions, employers, support personnel within the military, and students who will speak about their own experience.

Workshop speakers include:

  • Nigel Whittaker (Col), Assistant Chief of Staff Support, 3rd Canadian Division, Department of National Defense (View Presentation)
  • Warren Otto, Academic Advisor, Military Support Office, Extended Education, University of Manitoba (View Presentation)
  • Lauren Waples, RPL Facilitator, RPL Services, Red River College Polytechnic of Applied Arts Science and Technology (View Presentation)
  • Colin Russell, Registrar, University of Winnipeg (View Presentation)
  • Stephanie Rozzi, Adult Learner Advisor, University of Winnipeg
  • Scott Freer (OCdt), UW student and serving member at 17 Wing Winnipeg
  • Captain Jacob Pacheco, Wing Personnel Selection Office, 17 Wing Winnipeg
  • Chris Toews, Oak, Ash and Thorn
  • Carol Paul, Manitoba Construction Sector Council
  • Darcey Hormann, CP Rail
  • Ken Webb, Canadian Forces Liaison Committee, Manitoba and North West Ontario

Assessing the Qualifications of Refugees: Best Practices and Guidelines

A recorded Teleconference partnered with RPL Services at Red River College Polytechnic including a Q&A session plus moderated group discussion.

Recorded on: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
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A presentation of the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC)’s report on assessing the qualifications of refugees. The report recommends alternative assessment approaches and assessment best practices and guidelines to support organizations in developing an alternative assessment process.

Presented via teleconference by Michael Ringuette, Coordinator of CICIC. We invite you to learn about CICIC’s report and consider the opportunities and challenges of alternative qualification assessment for your organization.

This may be of interest to individuals from postsecondary education, regulatory bodies, Adult Learning Centres, Formal/ Informal Language Training organizations, Immigrant-serving agencies, Sector Councils, and employers.

This event is partnered by the Manitoba Prior Learning Assessment Network (MPLAN) and RPL Services at Red River College Polytechnic.

RPL Sharing Circle

RRC Polytech and MPLAN hosted an insightful event featuring three presenters involved in transforming lives in the Indigenous communities, see videos below.

Red River College Polytechnic’s Elder Mae Louise performed the opening and closing ceremony for the RPL Sharing Circle event.

Karen Willy, M.A. received the RPL Practitioner Certificate with Honors (2014) and is the Coordinator of NWT Adult Literacy and Basic Education. She is responsible for curriculum development and program monitoring for all adult upgrading programs in the NWT. She also is involved in program development, most recently in the financial literacy and portfolio development areas. (Streamed from the Northwest Territories)

Dr. Lloyd Hawkeye Robertson is a Counselling and Educational Psychologist who practices in La Ronge, SK and has written several academic publications on RPL and Aboriginal learners. His presentation will involve examining maps of the self of several individuals and tracing possible transitional changes to such selves. (Streamed from Saskatchewan)

Rosemarie Mayo is an associate of Partners for Careers which offers services to assist First Nations, Métis, Inuit and non-Aboriginal job seekers to find employment, training and/or educational “next-steps.” Presently, Rosemarie is the Project Coordinator at the Selkirk Friendship Centre. She has used portfolio development to help transform her life and is now using portfolio development to enrich and transform the lives of Aboriginal learners in Centre’s community. (In studio presentation).



The Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment is a non profit organization and the national voice for prior learning assessment and recognition in Canada. CAPLA advocates for continuous learning opportunities for adults and the formal recognition on previous learning achievements. CAPLA facilitates networking and information sharing through its website, newsletters and conferences. RRC Polytech has an Organizational membership in CAPLA.

CAPLA – New Research and Resources on RPL Quality Assurance

CAPLA’s RPL QA project details and new publications (October 2015) can be accessed on the CAPLA Quality Assurance website.


  • British Columbia Prior Learning Action Network
  • New Approaches to Lifelong Learning
    Note: Links on this site may not be up to date, as the site was developed through a funded project which has ended. It still remains, however, one of the most complete data bases of RPL resources.
  • TRU Open Learning: The PLIRC Document Database is an initiative of the Prior Learning International Research Centre (PLIRC) at Thompson Rivers University.
    Intended for scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers, the database provides a free, full-text resource of research-related documents in the area of prior learning assessment and recognition.
  • The Canadian Council of Ministers of Education includes various publications and resources on education in Canada.