The process of Recognition of Prior learning (RPL) aims to enable both recognition and validation of the knowledge, skills and competences acquired through nonformal or informal learning. It is a process by which the candidate’s existing knowledge and skills, regardless of the way they are acquired, are evaluated and validated in relation to the required competencies that a given occupation should
contain. Competences may be in accordance with national occupational qualifications or accredited training programmes. According to the EU Report on the Progress of the Nonformal and Informal Learning Process 2012 and the Recommendations of the Council of Europe, the process of non-formal and informal learning validation is defined as: Validation of non-formal and informal learning enables candidates to demonstrate knowledge acquired outside formal education and training and to apply this learning in their careers and education.
Candidates who have acquired experience, skills and knowledge but do not have a formal certificate of competence are often unable to benefit from their competences and often need unnecessary training to obtain qualification and formal proof of their abilities. Through the process of Recognizing of Previous Knowledge and Skills as a tool for validating non-formal and informal learning, a review and evaluation of the past experiences of
the applicant (acquired either through previous nonformal training or informally in everyday life, at the workplace, through professional activities, hobbies or self-study) is conducted. It is a process by which the results of nonformal and informal learning will be recognized, validated and valued.
RECOGNITION of previous knowledge and skills offers multiple benefits to candidates because:
Ø Candidates get the opportunity to certify their knowledge and skills in a quick and easy way
Ø There is no time and financial cost to carry out unnecessary training
Ø It enables professional and personal development of the candidate
Ø It enables career advancement
Ø Increases employment opportunities
Ø Having a certificate increases the competitiveness
and value of the person on the labor market
The BENEFITS for employers are also significant:
Ø Effective identification of employee skills
Ø Helps identify new skill needs
Ø Reducing the time needed to train employees to reduce duplication in learning
Ø Increased motivation and interest in the work of employees
Ø Developing new ideas and opportunities for company development as a result of positive employee reflections
Ø Increasing the competitiveness of companies employing validated personnel
The procedure for recognition of previous learning is a very robust process, involving collection of a lot of documents, and also it creates a huge number of printed reports after the evaluating sessions. Therefore, in the light of the global trend and need for intense introduction of ICT and smart tools in each segment of life, we are proposing a digital tool to replace or adjust this process and to enable simplification of the whole procedure.