East Malling Short Courses

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is ‘a method of assessment that considers whether a learner can demonstrate that they can meet the assessment requirements for a unit through knowledge, understanding or skills that they already possess and do not need to develop through a course of learning’.


EMSC will interview the prospective learner upon application to assess the suitability of the course for that individual and their circumstances. Both Prior Certificated Learning and Prior Experiential (or Informal Learning) will be taken into account.

Prior Certificated Learning:

It is the responsibility of the learner to supply evidence of their qualifications before attending a higher level course. For example that they already hold 002003 (chainsaw maintenance and crosscutting) before attending training for 002004 (safe felling of trees). Qualifications will be confirmed by the relevant awarding body (NPTC City & Guilds or LANTRA)

Prior Experiential or Informal Learning:

EMSC will interview the learner to discuss their relevant experience prior to enrolling on a course to discuss the suitability of the course for them. This information will be passed onto the trainer so that he/she is aware at the start of the course.

Revised and updated May 2022


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