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Develop, Support and Promote RPL Practices

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Level: 7

SAQA ID: 116587  

Credits: 10


"Recognition of Prior Learning in South Africa has, unlike similar initiatives in other countries, a very specific agenda. RPL is meant to support transformation of the education and training system of the country. This calls for an approach to the development of RPL policy and practices that explicitly addresses the visible and invisible barriers to learning and assessment. Such an approach must generate the commitment of all role players to remove these barriers and to build a visible, usable and credible system as an effective and creative vehicle for lifelong learning. It is important that consensus be generated around the criteria and support systems within which the integrity and quality of all assessments will be protected." SAQA RPL policy (2002,p. 11).

This unit standard aims to recognize the expertise of people who have a deep understanding of outcomes-based assessment in general, and of the complexities concerning the initiation and implementation of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policies and practices in particular. Such people are able to promote an awareness of RPL-related issues and provide RPL advice and support, at systems and strategic level, to a range of people/bodies, including assessors, moderators, evidence facilitators, assessment designers, teachers, trainers, managers, organisations, institutions, companies and enterprises.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the conceptual underpinnings and purposes of the recognition of prior learning,

  • Investigate current RPL practice and opportunities in an organisation or sector,

  • Develop RPL policies, procedures and plans for an organisation,

  • Provide RPL advice and support, and

  • Promote RPL practices. 

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