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) qualifications developed by RE CPD for the benefit of the Corps. In the recent past we have focussed our RPL assessment methodology on the design trades such as Survey, CMT and Design Draughtsman. Others trades may follow later in the year.

2. Learners will be considered in the following categories:

a. Recent Course Attendees. Those who gained their qualification with a course end date within the last 2 years will generally be eligible for an upgrade to the new DAO qualification. In other words, they need take no further action as RE CPD will register and certificate them based on their course file information. This will 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

b. Historic Course Attendees. Those who completed their course longer ago than the category described above as “recent” 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 will need to be completed which will require applicants to confirm their knowledge of the core elements of the syllabus. The table 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. 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.

c. 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 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.

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

1. To be endorsed at the appropriate level of seniority relative to the applicant. Individuals cannot endorse themselves!
2. A Reflective Account may need to 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. This will be decided by the Assessor.