RPL stands for Recognition of Prior Learning. It arises from an international tendency in this century to increase students’ access to education, by articulating various types and levels of education with each other, so that there can be lifelong learning and no-one is barred from higher education. In South Africa, it was a core principle of the White Paper on Higher Education in the late nineties, and again in the January 2012 Green Paper for post-school education and training issued by The Department of Higher Education and Training.
For South Africans, RPL means the doors of learning shall be opened.
All higher education institutions in South African must have a policy and procedure to assess prospective students’ RPL to see if they can enter the courses with a reasonable chance of success. Students with a matric can enter the Personal Trainer qualification (Higher Certificate in Exercise science – NQF 5); on successful completion of the Higher Certificate you may progress onto the Exercise Specialist qualification (Advanced Certificate in Exercise Science – NQF 6) However, we have recently instated a new process, called the RPL for Access process, which will give you an opportunity to gain access into our higher education qualifications without having met the minimum requirement for access.
Recognition of prior learning/ Transferring of qualifications from another education institute
This section applies to candidates who have previously studied within the fitness industry but wish to further obtain an HFPA qualification.
This could be in the event that:
- you have a qualification that is not recognised in South Africa, but could be used as credits towards or as an equivalency to an HFPA qualification.
- Or you have an accredited and recognised qualification, however wish to further progress your studies with HFPA and therefore require recognition of your prior learning.