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The recognition of prior learning and competencies

The recognition of prior learning and competencies

RPLC in brief

What is the RPLC?

The recognition of acquired competencies (RAC) is based on the following principles:

  • Individuals have a right to social recognition of their prior learning or competencies insofar as they are able to provide evidence that they possess them.
  • Individuals should not have to relearn in a formal educational setting any learning they may have already acquired in other contexts or other ways.
  • What is important in the recognition of learning is what a person has learned, not where, when or how it was learned.
The recognition of acquired competencies (RAC) in vocational and technical training is a process that allows adults to be evaluated and obtain official recognition for competencies acquired on the job or through real-life experience in relation to a program of study.

At the end of the process, you will receive an official document (e.g. report card, diploma) that attests to all the competencies you have acquired, as if you had taken training in one of our institutions.

If there are competencies you must acquire in full or in part in order to achieve your goal, you will be offered different options suited to adults.
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