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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Any prior learning can be used for Credits or Exemptions for any course.


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Application for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will support access to higher education for future students who have gained (some hands-on experience) degree-related knowledge and skills through informal study. PCiBS provides prospective students an opportunity to identify their previous learnings, aligning them with the current requirements of their study, and get formal acknowledgment for prior learning. PCiBS looks at the knowledge that is acquired through formal and informal means. Knowledge gained through non-formal education, experience through working will also be considered as part of the RPL process.

Follow these steps.

Step 1: Select and decide what to Study

Students must decide what they want to study and which level of qualification they would like to master, and should be in line with the work, hobbies, and interests you have.

Step 2: Choose your RPL application

  • Entry into first year for applicants older than 21 years with at least three years relevant work experience.
  • Exemption from certain subjects/courses – Credits / Exemptions / RPL.
    • Existing graduates who want to specialize in Project Controls disciplines
  • RPL for post-graduate certificate and diploma or master’s studies.
  • RPL for Ph.D. studies.

Access for student to Academic life

If you have work experience (> three (3) years) that is related to the course selection you want to study, and you don’t meet the academic requirements for entry into the first-year program.

People who have been working with tools (such as Artisans) will be required to complete an additional Talent Analysis. See Step 4 to get more clarity around this.

Credit(s) / Exemption(s) / RPL

Graduates who want to specialize in Project Controls must be aware that there active learning that will take place during the program. Future students that apply for credits or exemptions in Project Controls subjects must be aware of the following. If an exemption or credit has been given to students, and it is later found that students are falling behind in their active learning assignments, they might be requested to enroll for specific subjects to enhance or increase their learning.

Students might have gained knowledge in specific subject areas through non-formal and informal learning. If this knowledge is related to the learning objectives and outcomes of a PCiBS qualification, you may want to apply for credit(s) / exemption(s) / RPL.

Exemption Credit Transfer

If you have successfully completed subjects at another Higher Education Institution and these subjects are related to subjects at PCiBS according to the qualification you want to study, you must use the same Recognition of Prior Learning application process. You could be exempt from having to redo these subjects and have the credits transferred to your PCiBS qualification.

There are guidelines to the maximum number of subjects for which Credit(s) / Exemption(s) / RPL can be granted. At least 50% of all subjects in all the programs must be completed at PCiBS that is awarding the qualification.

Post-graduate RPL 

Post-graduate RPL is the recognition of knowledge at a higher level than a degree level, and future students can use this process to apply for credit(s) or exemption(s) if you have completed some of these studies at other higher institutions. Because most of this work is research-based, credits for recognition of prior learning related to work experience are not easily awarded. If you feel that you have a compelling case, please submit your online application and add all relevant requirements there.

Step 3: Submitting the RPL Application

  • Complete the PCiBS online application form
  • Pay your RPL application fee through the online payment system (RPL fee will be deducted from the tuition fee)
  • Attach your all required information

Step 4: Additional information

PCiBS might request that you complete an additional Talent Analysis that will be conducted by a third-party expert consultant company. The cost of this assessment must be paid directly to the expert consultant. The report will be issued by them and will assist in a positive outcome based on the results of this analysis. The report belongs to the individual and is made available to PCiBS to make an informed decision. A decision to grant a person an RPL will then be made by the academic faculty / department based on the scores they achieve. PCiBS has performed these talent analyses for a considerable number of students and does have the experience to advise future students of their potential success rate in pursuing an academic qualification. Our success rate with this is very high, and to date, has been 100% accurate.

The onus will be on the student to make the final decision to be accepted into the academic higher education system.

Step 5: Decisions made by the University

The decision to grant a person an RPL is made by the academic faculty / department. Once PCiBS approves your application, you will receive an e-mail from PCiBS informing you of a formal decision.

If your RPL is not approved, you will receive a letter from the University informing you. The academic department will give you reasons and make suggestions regarding your future education.

You can mitigate this by applying to perform the Talent Analysis and get guidance from the experts around this application and the successful outcome of an academic qualification.

Any questions or issues, please e-mail info@pcibs.com.