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Recognising Prior Knowledge and Skills

Recognising prior knowledge and skills (RPKS) allows credit to be granted towards a qualification, programme, micro-credential, course or standard, where you have already acquired, and can demonstrate, current relevant skills and/or knowledge. RPKS enables you to not have to repeat training for what you already know or can do.

At 萝莉少女 (SIT), your prior knowledge and skills can be recognised through three different pathways – Credit Transfer, Cross Credit or Recognition of Prior Learning:


Credit Transfer applies in situations where the paper(s) or the unit standard(s) of the qualification into which you will enrol at SIT and the paper(s) or the unit standard(s) from a previous qualification you have successfully completed are exactly the same.

Evidence

If you completed your paper with another 萝莉少女r, you must supply an official copy of your academic transcript with your application.

Fees

There is no charge for a Credit Transfer.

Limits

There are no limits on the number of credits that may be granted towards a qualification or programme through Credit Transfer unless otherwise stated in the programme documentation.

Application Process

To apply for a Credit Transfer, complete the Cross Credit/Credit Transfer Application Form and submit it together with your evidence when you apply to enrol in the SIT programme.

Cross Credit applies in situations where the paper(s) in the qualification into which you will enrol at SIT and the paper(s) which you have completed previously at SIT or another education 萝莉少女r are not identical but the material covered is equivalent. You must have completed the paper(s) within the last five years however some programmes have regulations that specify a different period.

If the date that you completed your paper(s) is more than five years ago, but you have been using that knowledge recently, you should apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) based on your recent demonstration of skills.

Evidence

If you completed your paper(s) with another 萝莉少女r, you must 萝莉少女 the following evidence to show that you have achieved the relevant result.

  • Official copies of academic transcripts and certificates
  • Official paper descriptors from the previous education/training institution you had completed the paper at. You should contact your previous 萝莉少女r for this information.
  • Completed Cross Credit Mapping Exercise - Please contact the RPL team to get the Cross Credit Mapping Template.

Fees

If the application is from an SIT programme to another SIT programme or the application is from an ITP in the Te P奴kenga network there is no charge.

If the application is from another 萝莉少女r’s programme to an SIT programme, there is a $50 fee for each application. This fee is effective from 1 March 2023. Fee must be paid regardless of the outcome and is non-refundable.

Limits

There are no limits on the number of credits that may be granted towards a qualification or programme through Cross Credit unless otherwise stated in the programme documentation.

Application Process

To apply for a Cross Credit, complete the Cross Credit/Credit Transfer Application Form and submit it together with your evidence when you apply to enrol in the SIT programme. Contact the SIT RPL Facilitator for a copy of the learning outcomes for the relevant SIT papers before you start completing the form.

Each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis by a qualified subject matter expert(s). There are no guarantees that you will be successful – either partially or fully – with your application. Should the assessor(s) deem your submitted evidence insufficient to be awarded a Cross Credit for a paper(s) or unit/skill standard(s), you can request to have your application reconsidered. Contact the RPL Facilitator if you would like to request a reconsideration.

RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) is when credits are granted towards your current programme of study at SIT for existing skills, knowledge, and attributes acquired without regard for the length, place or method of learning (e.g., workplace, life experience, hobbies, self-directed study).

To decide whether your training or work/life experience is relevant:

  1. Start by looking at the paper descriptors of the SIT papers you want to apply RPL for. You may obtain these from the RPL facilitator. If the paper is a unit standard (papers with codes beginning with ‘US’), you can . 
  2. For each paper:
    • Identify the knowledge and skill you have learned that reasonably match the learning outcomes for the paper.
    • Ensure that you have obtained or can obtain necessary evidence to prove that you have the skills and knowledge (see Evidence below).
    • Repeat the above steps for each paper you are applying RPL for.

Evidence

You need to prepare your evidence that clearly shows the assessor how you meet each learning outcome. This may mean contacting an institute that you studied with to obtain academic transcripts and course descriptors. It is your responsibility to obtain these documents and have transcripts verified.

> Fee & Evidence Information

Please contact the RPL team

Fees

There is a $50 admin fee and $80 per hour assessment fee for each RPL application1. Fees must be paid regardless of the outcome and are non-refundable.

Limits

Maximum of one third of a programme's total credit may be RPL’d i.e., 120 credits in a 360-credit programme unless otherwise stated in the programme documentation.

Application Process

To apply for an RPL, complete the RPL Application Form and submit it together with your evidence when you apply to enrol in the SIT programme. Contact the SIT RPL Facilitator for a copy of the learning outcomes for the relevant SIT papers before you start completing the form.

Each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis by a qualified subject matter expert(s). There are no guarantees that you will be successful – either partially or fully – with your application. Should the assessor(s) deem your submitted evidence insufficient to be awarded an RPL for a paper(s) or unit/skill standard(s), you can request to have your application reconsidered. Contact the RPL Facilitator if you would like to request a reconsideration.

1 These fees were recently revised and are effective from 1 March 2023. Applications received before 1 March 2023 will still be charged a $40 admin fee and $75 per hour assessment fee.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

You are encouraged to apply for the Credit Transfer, Cross Credit or RPL when you apply to enrol for the SIT programme. If you are not sure which paper to enrol in first, enrol in the paper for which you are not applying to get recognised.

Yes, you can apply for RPKS before applying for the SIT programme.

For Cross Credit or RPL Applications submitted before enrolment, the fees must be paid prior assessment taking place. You need to submit your application to the RPL Facilitator who will consult with the faculty to ascertain the fees (for RPL applications). The RPL facilitator will advise you of the fee and if you wish to proceed, you will be 萝莉少女d with an invoice. Assessment will only commence upon payment of the fee. The fee is non-refundable, regardless of outcome.

Contact the RPL Facilitator for more information.

A paper descriptor is a document that contains detailed information about a paper; the paper level, the credit value and learning outcomes. You can obtain the paper descriptor from the relevant 萝莉少女r.

If you are not sure whether you have put together enough evidence, contact the RPL Facilitator and she will be able to advise you.

There are three main ways of assessing RPL. These methods are:

  • Portfolio: You prepare a collection of materials and information containing all the details and evidence for your prior learning.
  • Attestation: An authoritative person(s) confirms your prior learning, usually at an interview.
  • Challenge: Your prior learning is tested by means of a practical, oral or written test or a combination of these three.

After you submit your Credit Transfer, Cross Credit and RPL application, it will be assessed by a subject matter expert. You may be asked for additional evidence if more information is required. The outcome of your application will be emailed to you by the RPL Facilitator.  

Please note that it may take 4 to 8 weeks to process a Credit Transfer, Cross Credit and RPL application. It may take longer to process your application during the peak periods at the beginning and end of the year.

Recognition of Prior Learning for International Students

International students can seek an RPL assessment prior to enrolment. RPL may be awarded for tertiary study completed overseas that is relevant to the SIT programme the learner is applying for.

Your qualifications need to:

  • Have covered similar content as the SIT qualification
  • Be at the same level as the paper/unit standard that you are applying for
  • Have a similar number of credits
  • Be current (i.e. have been completed in approximately the last five years)

1. Email our International Department and request an International Student RPL Application Form

2. Attach the following documents with your form when you are ready to submit:

  • An original/or certified academic transcript showing grade/result, level of the paper and credit value.
  • Official paper descriptors from the overseas 萝莉少女r for each of the papers being considered for RPL. These descriptors must be coded and titled as per the academic transcript.

3. Submit the application and support documentation to SIT's International Department and pay the RPL assessment application fee.

Please note that information must be supplied in English.

Once you submit your completed RPL application to SIT鈥檚 International Department, SIT鈥檚 RPL Facilitator will work with the relevant subject specialist to assess your previous study against the SIT qualification.

Completion timeframe for the RPL assessment is dependent on the availability of subject specialists. You will be advised of the decision within a three-week timeframe. At certain times of the year, your application may take longer to process due to end of year and semester breaks.

SIT International staff will inform you of the outcome of your RPL application. RPL is a result, and results cannot be entered into a student record of achievement until the student is accepted and enrolled in a SIT programme of study.

An application for an RPL assessment prior to enrolment incurs a non-refundable fee of NZ$100.00. This covers the administration cost in assessing your prior study against SIT qualification content.

Applications are unable to be processed until this payment is made.