1. Recognition of Prior Learning or RPL is defined as a method of assessment which makes use of a learner’s previous achievement to demonstrate the assessment requirements. RPL principles also apply where a new qualification has been introduced but the learning outcomes and course duration have essentially remained unchanged. This has recently become relevant for a number of Defence Awarding Organisation (DAO) courses developed by RE CPD for the benefit of the Corps.  Recent examples include but are not limited to: Survey, CMT and Design Draughtsman.
  1. For the purposes of these predecessor qualifications, which are a form of RPL, learners will be considered in the following categories during the period                       Sep 17- Mar 18:

Recent Course Attendees. Those who gained their qualification with a course end date in 2014 or later will be automatically eligible for an upgrade to the new DAO qualification.  They need take no further action.  This process will be carried out by RE CPD and MKCTS staff to ensure that a clear audit trail for QA purposes has been created to include:

  • Documented assessment decision for each claim, signed and dated by an assessor. This will comprise a Form 10/11 with suitable annotation – produced by RE CPD.
  • Proof of course completion (ie JPA printout) and a copy of summative results achieved. This will be generated by MKCTS.
  • IQA sample conducted prior to claim produced by MKC TS.
  • All of the above available for EQA scrutiny as required

Historic Course Attendees. Those who completed their course prior to Jan 2014 will be required to provide additional evidence that they remain qualified, current, active and competent before the new qualification can be awarded.  An RPL matrix below, specifies the additional information required before an upgrade to the new qualification can be achieved.  As a guide, it would be reasonable to expect successful applicants to have undertaken appropriate trade related activities (documented at unit level) since their course.  Conversely, those who have done no trade related activity or training over a 3 year period preceding their application would be unlikely to meet the qualifying criteria set out below.  In those instances the new qualifications cannot be approved.  Individuals will be responsible for applying for the new qualification and for providing the necessary supporting evidence.  They should contact RE CPD staff in the first instance.

Service Leavers. Those who have left the service within the last 2 years may also apply for the new qualifications as appropriate, but they will have to provide the additional information as shown on the matrix.  In addition, there will be a financial cost to pay which is directly linked to paying for the time required to process their application in respect of both RE CPD and MKC TS staff.  This cost will vary and depend on individual circumstances and requirements.  Service leavers should contact RE CPD directly and further details will be provided on application.  Individuals should note that DAO qualifications are free but that assessment time is not.  Individuals will be responsible for providing the necessary supporting evidence and will be required to attend either in person or via Skype to complete a professional discussion.


  1. It is stressed that all applications (from whichever route) will be subject to standard IQA and or EQA scrutiny.




Trade Level 0-2

Trade Level 2-1

Proof of Attendance and Completion


(JPA Print Out and Summative results obtained))



Employment History since Trade Course

Unit level letter of Technical Endorsement (Note 1)


(Signed by independent authority such as Clk of Wks/GE)

Professional Discussion (in person or via Skype)

 Not normally required

(However note that applicants no longer serving will need to undertake this)

Reflective Account (Note 2)

Not normally required

(However some candidates may be asked to provide this)




  1. To be endorsed at the appropriate level of seniority relative to the applicant. Individuals cannot endorse themselves!
  2. A Reflective Account will be provided by the applicant regarding a relevant activity they have undertaken and how on reflection the outcomes could have been improved in terms of time taken to complete the work, the quality achieved and the cost/resources that were required to achieve it.