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Recognition of Prior Learning Practitioner

Advanced Certificate
Recognition of Prior Learning Practitioner

Program Overview

Recognition of Prior Learning Practitioner is an advanced certificate program. It provides practical training in all aspects of the recognition of prior learning field and will prepare you in recognition of prior learning practices (such as PLAR, credit transfer and qualification recognition). Prior learning assessment and recognition practices will be emphasized.

All courses belonging to the Recognition of Prior Learning Practitioner program are offered by distance learning, through continuing education. Applicants may choose to apply for admission prior to taking courses or may apply to graduate from the program, but must meet admission requirements at that time.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Graduates may find employment as practitioners working in education, career counselling, human resource management and employee recruitment fields.

Graduates who are already practitioners in these fields will gain enhanced skills in recognition of prior learning practices.

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): Varies by course
  • For information about continuing education course registrations and program admission, contact Gord Vaxvick at gord.vaxvick@saskpolytech.ca or 306-659-4102.

Length: 260 hours

Locations

  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic Prince Albert campus
  • Distance Learning options available

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Recognized post-secondary diploma or degree, or proof of professional licensure or professional designation
  • Two years recent work experience within the last five years in the field of education, human resource practice or career advisement
  • English Language Requirement

 

Note

  • Applicants will be required to submit a resume in support of their application.
  • Grade 12 and proof of two or more years of equivalent informal, non-formal training combined with relevant work experience in a related field of practice will also be considered.

Application for admission is not required to enrol in individual courses for this program. When you have completed all of the required courses and met admission requirements, you may apply to graduate from the Recognition of Prior Learning Practitioner program.

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

Not applicable at this time

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

For tuition information for specific courses, visit Recognition of Prior Learning Practitioner continuing education.

Courses

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Core Courses

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
RPL 200
Introduction to the Recognition of Prior Learning
3
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You will be introduced to the principles, practices and processes involved in the recognition of prior learning. You will also study the various roles of the practitioner.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 38.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
RPL 201
Advocacy Practices
1
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The course content will focus on the advocacy role of recognition of prior learning practitioners. The spectrum of advocacy includes promoting and advocating for the recognition of prior learning within organizations and advocating on behalf of clients to help them attain recognition for their prior learning.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 18.0
Prerequisites(s): RPL 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
RPL 202
Career Development Applications
1
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The course content will help you develop techniques that will help clients identify their prior learning in a career counselling context.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 18.0
Prerequisites(s): RPL 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
RPL 203
Prior Learning Assessments
3
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You will develop assessment techniques, strategies, processes and tools designed specifically for assessing prior learning.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 38.0
Prerequisites(s): RPL 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
RPL 204
Advisory Services
3
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The course content will provide you with an orientation to the strategies and processes used to advise individuals seeking recognition for their prior learning.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 38.0
Prerequisites(s): RPL 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
RPL 205
Portfolio Development
2
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You will focus on the various types and applications of portfolios in the context of attaining recognition for prior learning.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): RPL 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group

Electives

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
COUN 200
Career Counselling for Aboriginal Clients
3
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You will develop skills to work effectively with Aboriginal clients. You will study career development theories, learn how to access resources and practice strategies that address the particular values, issues, circumstances, opportunities and barriers of Aboriginal clients.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
RPL 206
Capacity Building
2
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You will become familiar with strategies that establish the processes, practices and policies needed to facilitate the integration of prior learning within an organization.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 24.0
Prerequisites(s): RPL 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
RPL 207
Client Assessment
1
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The course content will help you conduct assessment processes with clients seeking recognition for their prior learning. You will work as a content expert or in collaboration with content experts.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 16.0
Prerequisites(s): RPL 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
RPL 208
Recruitment and Retention Applications
3
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You will focus on the skills needed to recognize prior learning from a human resource management perspective. The recruitment and retention of a skilled workforce will be emphasized.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Prerequisites(s): RPL 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group

Students admitted to this program must purchase all course textbooks and materials through the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Kelsey campus Bookstore.

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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