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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is a flexible learning pathway which refers to the principles and processes through which the prior knowledge and skills of a person are made visible, mediated and rigorously assessed and moderated. This is for the purposes of alternative access and admission, recognition and certification, or further learning and development.

As part of the RPL process at the UFS, you may apply for RPL if you have obtained sufficient prior learning through work, experience, formal learning, or other appropriate learning experiences. The RPL office advises and supports candidates and faculty/departments throughout the process.

Interested in RPL?

Determine whether your RPL is for undergraduate or postgraduate studies.

1. RPL for Undergraduate access (Undergraduate level RPL is only offered on the Qwaqwa Campus):

  • What do I need to have to qualify for undergraduate-level RPL?
  • National Senior Certificate (i.e. Matric / Grade 12)
  • Five years' relevant work experience
  • Completed workshops, short courses, and on-the-job training

2. RPL for postgraduate access:

Postgraduate-level RPL is offered on Bloemfontein and Qwaqwa Campuses (additional criteria applicable dependent on the type of qualification).

2021 RPL documentation 

2021 RPL application form
2021 Advanced Diploma in Estate and Trust Administration - RPL information
2021 Advanced Diploma in Estate and Trust Admin - RPL Application

RPL process

The RPL process depends on whether you meet the requirements/criteria and can end at any time as a result of your not meeting the requirements or fulfilling the criteria.

RPL Flow Chart-01

Figure 1: The RPL process.

Contact Us

RPL Coordinator 
Martie Meintjes
T: +27 51 401 7357
E: RPLOffice@ufs.ac.za

RPL Advisor (Bloemfontein)
Andile Madiehe
T: +27 51 401 7326
E: RPL@ufs.ac.za

RPL Advisor (Qwaqwa)
Siphesihle (Tracey) Langa
T: +27 58 718 5120
E: RPLQQ@ufs.ac.za

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