RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) is when credits are granted towards your current programme of study at SIT for existing skills, knowledge, and attributes acquired without regard for the length, place or method of learning (e.g., workplace, life experience, hobbies, self-directed study).
To decide whether your training or work/life experience is relevant:
- Start by looking at the paper descriptors of the SIT papers you want to apply RPL for. You may obtain these from the RPL facilitator. If the paper is a unit standard (papers with codes beginning with ‘US’), you can get a copy of the unit standard from the NZQA website.
- For each paper:
- Identify the knowledge and skill you have learned that reasonably match the learning outcomes for the paper.
- Ensure that you have obtained or can obtain necessary evidence to prove that you have the skills and knowledge (see Evidence below).
- Repeat the above steps for each paper you are applying RPL for.
You need to prepare your evidence that clearly shows the assessor how you meet each learning outcome. This may mean contacting an institute that you studied with to obtain academic transcripts and course descriptors. It is your responsibility to obtain these documents and have transcripts verified.
> Fee & Evidence Information
> RPL Mapping Template
Please contact the RPL team
There is a $50 admin fee and $80 per hour assessment fee for each RPL application1. Fees must be paid regardless of the outcome and are non-refundable.
Maximum of one third of a programme's total credit may be RPL’d i.e., 120 credits in a 360-credit programme unless otherwise stated in the programme documentation.
To apply for an RPL, complete the RPL Application Form and submit it together with your evidence when you apply to enrol in the SIT programme. Contact the SIT RPL Facilitator for a copy of the learning outcomes for the relevant SIT papers before you start completing the form.
Each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis by a qualified subject matter expert(s). There are no guarantees that you will be successful – either partially or fully – with your application. Should the assessor(s) deem your submitted evidence insufficient to be awarded an RPL for a paper(s) or unit/skill standard(s), you can request to have your application reconsidered. Contact the RPL Facilitator if you would like to request a reconsideration.
1 These fees were recently revised and are effective from 1 March 2023. Applications received before 1 March 2023 will still be charged a $40 admin fee and $75 per hour assessment fee.