Recognition of prior learning: Key success factors and the building blocks of an effective system

Due to lack of appropriate qualifications, a large proportion of people face severe disadvantage in getting decent jobs, migrating to other regions and accessing further education, even though they might have the necessary knowledge and skills. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can help such persons acquire a formal qualification that matches their knowledge and skills.

To address this issue, many countries have initiated steps in establishing an RPL system, but are facing challenges to successful implementation. This paper has been produced, taking into account experiences of many countries around the world, with the aim of building the capacity of policy makers and social partners to establish an effective, successful RPL system. The paper suggests 12 key success factors or building blocks of an effective RPL system.