Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Have you acquired competences that correspond to the learning outcomes and the level of your degree before starting your studies? Or do you have hobbies, or do you work or take other studies that increase this kind of competence during your studies at HAMK?
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) means recognising and accrediting the competences acquired elsewhere and prior to your studies. The idea is that you do not have to study something that you already know and your competence will be accredited as part of your degree.
RPL may cover entire modules or some parts of modules. Competences may have been acquired in other universities, at work or in hobbies. It does not matter where the skills have been learned as long as they can be recognised and accredited as part of your degree. If you wish to have your prior learning recognised, you can start the RPL process (see the picture below). Discuss your prior competence with your student counsellor and learn about the learning outcomes of your degree before applying for RPL.
What is recognition of prior learning?
Students play active roles in the RPL process. First, you should recognise your own competences, describe them and compare them with the learning outcomes of your degree. Then you should demonstrate your competence with documentation or by skills demonstrations.
What does accreditation mean?
Accreditation means that you will gain credits by documenting your competence and doing skills demonstrations that will be assessed.
You can start the RPL process whenever during your studies. Remember to bring it up when you recognise a new competence acquired from e.g. work experience during your study time.
RPL and Pakki – student desktop
HAMK students use Pakki for the RPL process. You may start the RPL process by sending a module-related comment to your tutor teacher or student counsellor via your PSP or booking an appointment for a development discussion with your student counsellor.
If the discussion leads to an agreement that you should apply for RPL, go to Pakki and fill in the RPL application. Remember to add the required attachments to the application. Please note that you should not use Puro-service with RPL. For more information on transferring credits from Puro, visit the Puro-pages.