RPL Professional Development

1. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Who is involved and how does it work?
Please join us to learn more about RPL at RRC. What is RPL? Who is involved in the process and who conducts the assessments? What are the steps in the RPL process?

2. International Credentials

Recognizing credentials for International Students and Internationally Educated Students
Does RRC assess international credentials? What documents are required and how does the assessment process work? Are there differences when the student is in Canada on a Student Visa? Please join us to explore the International Credential process.

3. Exploring Transfer Credit

Recognizing equivalent post secondary education
Does RRC maintain a centralized transfer credit system? Is there a database of courses that have been accepted for credit? Hannah Gifford, International Credential and Transfer Credit Officer will guide us through RRC’s Transfer Credit process.

4. RPL is Great – but Not for My Course!

If my course has learning outcomes – is it RPL ready?
Do you have students asking about RPL for your course? If your learning outcomes are well developed and are aligned with your assessment practices the next step may be to develop a RPL Resource Guide. Please join us to learn about tools and resources for RPL and to view sample RPL Resource Guides.

5. Sharing RPL challenges and successes

What’s working and what needs further attention?
Please join us for a facilitated discussion about RPL processes and practices in RRC programs. Along the RPL continuum there are programs with well established RPL processes as well as programs seeking information and advice to incorporate RPL for the first time. Please share in a RPL discussion of what’s working and what needs further attention.

PLAR-1200 RPL Foundation

Course Description

Acquire the fundamental knowledge and skill to effectively implement RPL. Learn about basic principles of RPL; how to develop learning outcomes, sound assessment practices, the portfolio and other methods of assessment; the role of the Advisor, Assessor and Facilitator and how to put RPL into context for development of a credible system. This course was formerly RPL-1000 RPL Foundation.

Course Dates and Fees

Please click here to see additional course and registration information.

Contact Information

If you require further information contact:

School of Continuing Education
C106-2055 Notre Dame Ave
Winnipeg, MB R3H 0J9
Phone: 204.694.1789 or 1.866.242.7073
Fax: 204.633.6489
E-mail: jwiebe@rrc.ca

We present videos from our past RPL@Noon Seminars:

  • Thursday, April 28, 2016
    Brain Gain 2016: Optimizing Canada’s Learning Recognition System
    This webinar, released in early 2016, features presenter Michael Grant, Director of Research, Industry and Business Strategy, the Conference Board of Canada, who shares the results of the new study Brain Gain 2015: The State of Canada’s Learning Recognition System. How many Canadians and new immigrants struggle with having their knowledge, skills and abilities recognized? What could improved learning recognition mean to their incomes and careers? What could Canada gain in income and human capital with improved learning recognition systems? How are Canadian post-secondary institutions doing with recognizing prior learning? Video Archive - Conference Board of Canada (Red River College login required)
  • Thursday, January 21, 2016
    Open Badges: Milestones for Learning and Careers
    Join guest presenter Don Presant, President of Learning Agents in this RPL@Noon video. Don is currently developing several Open Badge systems in Canada. Open Badges are increasingly employed as digital credentials by educators, professional bodies and employers around the world because they can provide a better way to map, recognize and share learning, including learning that happens outside a classroom. High quality Open Badges are trustable tokens of skills and achievements that can be shared in e-portfolios, social media and other systems. Open Badges are modular and “stackable”: they can be linked together into flexible development pathways and can support Competency Based Education and RPL. This fast-paced presentation explores emerging global practices in Open Badge systems for learning and development, using living examples, case studies, and action research across a wide variety of contexts. Archived Video Link
  • Thursday, October 29, 2015
    Quality Assurance in RPL- What does it really mean?
    Quality assurance in RPL practice is essential but what does this really mean? The Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment (CAPLA) has recently published a new resource Quality Assurance for the Recognition of Prior Learning in Canada - The Manual. Included are new pan Canadian RPL Guiding Principles for delivery of RPL services and RPL QA Self-Audit Checklists to determine quality procedures and systems. How will these apply to our RRC RPL practices in programs and services? Join us to learn more about the impact and uses of this new RPL QA resource. Archived Video Link
  • Thursday, April 16, 2015
    Do RRC’s RPL Practices Measure Up?
    Please view this session for a brief update on an important pan-Canadian RPL Quality Assurance project. This project includes the development of draft RPL Guiding Principles for all stakeholders who deliver RPL services in Canada. How will RRC’s RPL program practices and processes measure up? Join us for this presentation and discussion as we explore the draft RPL principles and the implications for RPL practice at RRC. >> Archived Video Link
  • Thursday, February 26, 2015
    Recognized Prior Learning Group Assessments in the Workplace with Child and Youth Care (CYC) Practitioners:
    Susan Claire Johnson, CYC instructor, describes the RPL practices in the Child and Youth Care program including the onsite component and workplace benefits. >> Archived Video Link
  • Thursday, December 11, 2014
    Pilot Bridge Program: IEPs and the Canadian workplace
    HRSDC anticipates that 65% of the new labour force will be made up of landed immigrants due to Canada's aging population. Therefore, the skills shortage in the Canadian labour market will be met by Internationally Educated Professionals (IEPs). Educational institutions need to implement innovative processes to assess IEPs' prior learning, bridge their gaps and facilitate opportunities to gain valuable workplace experience. Red River College designed a pilot bridge program including relevant, fair and transparent RPL assessment tools for internationally trained civil engineers/ technologists. This 18-month program incorporates three major components that are often barriers for IEPs when obtaining professional employment: effective Communication, Canadian work experience and applied field-specific training. >> Archived Video Link

RPL activity occurs in Manitoba, across Canada and throughout many countries world wide.

Websites for local, provincial, national and international RPL networks, qualifications frameworks and professional organizations are provided. Red River College has current memberships in MPLAN, CAPLA and CAEL.

  • Handbook of the Recognition of Prior Learning Research into Practice, ED: Dr. Judy Harris, Wihak C and Van Kleef (J), 2014
  • Assessing Learning: Standards, Principles, and Procedures.  Urban Whitaker 1989 Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). Second Edition: Fiddler M., Marienau C.; Whitaker U., 2006
  • Assessing Learning-- A CAEL Handbook for Faculty. Susan Simosko. 1988 CAEL.
  • Applying APL Principles in Flexible Assessment: A Practical Guide.  Susan Simosko & Cathy Cook.  1996  Kogan Page Ltd.
  • Experiential Learning Around the World- Employability and the Global Economy. Edited by Norman Evans. 2000  Jessica Kingsley Publishers.