Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) provides an opportunity for you to identify your learning, have it assessed and formally acknowledged. The process involves the identification, mediation, assessment and acknowledgement of knowledge and skills obtained through informal and non-formal learning.

At CPUT, RPL can only be done against qualifications offered by CPUT and has three options for RPL, namely:

  • access into first-year for applicants older than 23 years
  • exemption from certain subjects/ courses
  • RPL for advanced standing into post-diploma studies

Gaining access into first-year

If you have considerable work experience – more than five (5) years – that is related to the course you want to study, but you don’t meet the academic requirements for entry into the first year of the programme, you may want to apply for RPL for access. Each programme has particular RPL requirements and applications are evaluated against these.

Exemption - RPL

You might have gained knowledge in specific areas through informal learning and non-formal learning. If this knowledge is closely related to the learning outcomes as part of a CPUT qualification that you want to enrol for, you may want to apply for exemption RPL. In this case, your knowledge will need to be compared to the learning outcomes of a particular subject/ course(s) to be recognised. Once the assessment is done, the University might give exemption from some subjects, but not for the entire qualification. 

Difference between Exemption RPL and Exemption Credit Transfer.

You may have successfully completed subjects at another Higher Education Institution in South Africa -  such as another University of Technology - that are similar to subjects of the CPUT qualification you want to study. This is referred to as formal learning. In this case, you may apply to be exempt from having to redo the subjects and have the credits transferred to your CPUT qualification. This is called Exemption Credit Transfer and is handled by the Faculty Office. 

There are guidelines governing the maximum number of subjects for which Exemption RPL and Exemption Credit Transfer can be granted. In terms of the residency clause, students must complete at least 50% of the subjects in any programme at the institution awarding the qualification – i.e. at CPUT. This applies to all higher education institutions. 

 

Closing date for RPL is 30 June 2018 for 2019 studies except for the Design Qualifications where the closing date is 31 July

 

 ► Advanced Standing into post diploma courses: Advanced Diploma, Postgraduate diploma, M-level studies and D-level studies

You may apply for advanced standing into our Post-Diploma studies if you don’t meet the entry requirements of these qualifications. This type of RPL provides for the recognition of knowledge at a higher level than undergraduate qualifications do. If you are interested in this type of an RPL, send an email to RPL enquires at rpl@cput.ac.za and you will be referred to the correct person.

Returning students

If you studied at Peninsula Technikon, Cape Technikon or CPUT more than 10 years ago, the validity of your subjects have lapsed (Point 4.1.3, p 10 CPUT Academic Rules and Regulations). However, if you wish to complete your degree, and you have the required working experience, you may apply to CPUT to use the RPL process for recognition of your learning. Click on the hyperlink (hyperlink to document for returning students) for how to do this.


International students

Should you have a qualification from abroad, please have that qualification evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), Unit for Evaluation of Foreign Qualifications, before you submit your RPL application (go to www.saqa.org.za and look under services). If your qualification has been evaluated but does not meet the entry requirements of the programme you would like to do, or you want credit for what you already know, contact the RPL Unit (Hyperlink to CPUT International Office)

For enquiries

Consult the faculty web pages at http://www.cput.ac.za/study/rpl/qualifications for information on the specific programmes that offer access and/or exemption RPL.

You might have gained knowledge in specific areas through informal learning and non-formal learning. If this knowledge is closely related to the learning outcomes of part of a CPUT qualification that you want to enrol for, you may want to apply for exemption RPL. In this case your knowledge will need to be compared to the learning outcomes of a particular subject/course(s) to be recognised. Once the assessment is done, the University might give exemption from some subjects, but not for the entire qualification.