The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) views Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) as an initiative that is meant to support the transformation of the education and training system of our Country. This is a mechanism that will assist in the removal of both the visible and invisible barriers to learning and assessment. The notion of life long learning will be enhanced through the RPL assessment processes, thus ensuring that all learning irrespective of how, when and where such learning may have been obtained, are recognised and such learning achievement is acknowledged. The assessment of such learning will be against nationally registered Unit Standards and/or Qualifications.
RPL is a process whereby people are given recognition for the skills and knowledge that they already have, but which have not been formally recognized. It gives formal credit for learning regardless of where the learning was achieved