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Credit transfer

This short article looks at credit transfer where consideration is given to the measurement of comparable prior learning in relation to required LOs.
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Most learning organisations will have robust credit transferral processes to ensure consistency, fairness, and validity for crediting prior learning and competency towards a qualification or award.

Several assessment types sit within this approach including:

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) which describes when one compatible qualification may be credited towards another
  • Recognition of Prior Experience (RPE) which describes where appropriate work experience may be accepted towards a qualification or training outcome
  • Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) which describes how certain competencies that are demonstrated in a workplace, community, or learning environment may be credited towards a qualification or training outcome
  • Attestation which describes the process where a manager, supervisor, teacher or assessor verifies and signs off on candidate competency
  • Cross-crediting. This is often confused with RPL. Cross crediting allows an equivalent assessment to be credited to another qualification

Although the credit transfer process may be highly structured and quality assured, the student-centredness of this approach is inherent in the recognition of a learner’s past and current knowledge and skills.

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