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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

 Application Form


Complete this form to have your previous educational, life, or workplace experiences assessed for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Please refer to Policy D13 - Recognition of Prior Learning and Recognition of Prior Learning Procedures for more information including fees and specific requirements for RPL.

General RPL Requirements

  • Students admitted to a provincially approved program at Olds College can have previous formal, non-formal, and informal learning assessed for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). 
  • Students must make a formal request for RPL by submitting an RPL Application Form.
  • RPL assessments are only completed after your application for admission has been evaluated and an admission offer has been granted. We are unable to assess courses in advance or via email.
  • RPL credit must fit within the program to which you are being admitted otherwise it will not be granted.
  • A student must choose one RPL method for a specific course. In some cases, a combination of methods could be considered if deemed appropriate by the RPL Administrator and/or the Associate Dean.
  • The student is responsible for providing sufficient supporting documentation to prove RPL requirements have been met.  
  • RPL applications must be submitted in a timely manner, 4 weeks prior to the drop deadline of the course, to ensure the application is reviewed prior to the drop deadline of the course.
  • To comply with the residency requirement identified in Policy D20 - Graduation and Convocation, RPL cannot exceed 75% of a student’s total program course load.
  • RPL cannot be awarded for Work Integrated Learning courses identified on a student's program of study.
  • RPL decisions are at the discretion of the RPL Administrator who consults with the Associate Dean and Faculty as necessary.

Student Personal Information

Name*

RPL Information

Transfer Credit

Please submit one Transfer Credit application per post-secondary institution.

It is up to the student to initiate the Transfer Credit process with the RPL Administrator who will then coordinate the review process. Students must submit a copy of their post-secondary transcripts if they haven't done so already. (For students who have completed post-secondary within Alberta, Olds College may be able to request your transcripts electronically).

All transcripts, course outlines, and other supporting documentation must be in English. If your documentation is in another language, you must provide a certified English literal translation (word-for-word) along with a notarized colour copy of the original documents.

All Transfer Credit applications must be received no later than 4 weeks prior to the drop deadline of the course being assessed. Any applications submitted after that time are not guaranteed to be reviewed. 

In order to receive transfer credit, courses must meet the following equivalency criteria:

  • 80% of the course content must be comparable
  • Course credit hours must be comparable
  • A minimum letter grade must be obtained (comparable to Olds College grading scale)
  • A minimum letter grade of C is required for a certificate or diploma program. Applied degree programs require a minimum letter grade of C+
  • Course(s) must have been completed within the last 10 years

Transfer credit will result in credit being granted for the course but will not be included in the calculation of the grade point averages (Policy D19 - Grading). 

Fees: $75 non-refundable administrative fee for each successfully transferred course.

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Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Students with previous informal or non-formal learning can apply for PLAR. Students submit one PLAR application per Olds College course they are seeking credit for.

Students are required to submit proof that demonstrates that they have met 80% of the course competencies from the Olds College Competency Profile. This is achieved by connecting their informal and non-formal learning to corresponding course competencies. 

It is up to the student to initiate the PLAR process with the RPL Administrator who will then coordinate the review process. If successful, a student is awarded Olds College credit and a grade of PLA is reflected on the academic transcript. The PLA grade is not calculated into the student’s Grade Point Average (GPA). 

Fees: The following nonrefundable fees are charged for PLAR: 

  • $75 non-refundable administrative fee per PLAR application, and 
  • Half the cost of tuition per course for awarded credit.

Challenge Exam

Students who have acquired skills or knowledge relevant to the competencies of an Olds College course may request a challenge exam. 

Challenge exams are not available for all Olds College courses and are not available for the purposes of improving a grade. The RPL Administrator will consult with the Associate Dean who works with Faculty to determine if a course is eligible for a challenge exam. 

To be eligible to write a challenge exam, a student must meet one of the following criteria: 

  • Successful completion of a post-secondary diploma or degree (proof required) 
  • 5 or more years of industry-related experience 

Challenge exam application, writing, and grading must be completed by the add/drop deadline of the course that is being challenged. 

To be granted credit from a challenge exam a student must meet a minimum B- grade (72%). Upon successful completion, a grade of “P” will be issued on the student’s transcript. The “P” grade will not be calculated into the Grade Point Average (GPA). If unsuccessful, a grade of “F” will be assigned and this grade will be calculated into the grade point average (GPA). 

Fees: The following nonrefundable fees are charged for challenge exams: 

  • $75 administrative fee per challenge exam application, due prior to writing each exam, and 
  • Half the cost of tuition per course for awarded credit.
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