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What is Recognition of Prior Learning?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).  Recognition of current competency, cross credit or credit transfer (RPL.RCC/CC/CT).   Applicants can apply for RPL if they believe their prior learning, experience, previous accreditation/certification that has met any of the learning outcomes of any of the courses or programmes of study offered at Aromaflex Academy in any academic period.

All applicants must satisfy the academic regulations requirements; including entry into specific programmes of study delivered by Aromaflex Academy.

Details of achievements and supporting documentation must be provided before RPL can be process, assessed and approved.

When to Apply

An RPL application should be initiated at least two weeks prior to the course commencement date.  Case of late enrolment will be dealt with on an individual case by case basis.

Who Can Apply

A person may apply for RPL if they think their prior studies, knowledge, skills and experience equip them to display appropriate levels of competency in the required course of learning in a programme of study that leads to a qualification and has substantiated that they have a valid enrolment status.

Ways of Showing Evidence of APL

APL can only be granted on evidence that is related to appropriate levels of competency that has been achieved.  The following ways may be used to show evidence of APL within the past three (3) years.

Documents that may be acceptable include, but are not limited to:

  • Certified copies of certificates or qualifications achieved from other educational bodies
  • Academic transcripts; both from New Zealand and overseas
  • Details of course content
  • Learning outcomes/competencies achieved for the course
  • Completed coursework and assessment materials
  • Supporting letter(s) written by a person who knows the applicant and has direct knowledge of the activity for which the applicant has claimed APL
  • Membership of relevant professional associations or registrations
  • Relevant present and / or past work experience demonstrated in a brief CV or work history
  • Results/statements of attendance/certificates – in-house courses, workshops, and seminars e.g. first aid, etc.
  • Relevant samples of work
  • References/letters from previous employers/supervisors
  • Any Licenses issued to the applicant to practice a relevant professional discipline

You are advised to submit as much information as possible to show evidence of current competency.

Applications for Assessment of Prior Learning

  1. Choose your qualification
  • Look in Our Courses to find the qualification you want to study
  • If you’re not sure which course to start with you can contact us at [email protected] or by calling 03 545 6218 to talk through your options.
  1. Request an Assessment of Prior Learning Information Pack and Application Forms
  • We will email you the relevant forms to collect all the information we need to move forward with your application. This includes an invoice for $100 which is the full cost for completing the APL process
  • You will need to provide your evidence and pay the $100 fee into our account within 14 days of receiving the relevant forms.
  • This must be done no later than four weeks before the semester start date or you run the risk of waiting until the next semester start.
  1. Confirmation of Recognition of Prior Learning
  • Within 10 days of receiving your application we will email you the outcome of your Assessment of Prior Learning application.


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