Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL): A double-edged sword for career change

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Do you ever think of a career change? Or, stepping up to the next level in your career? Have you worried about not having the right qualification for it? When planning for the career change, you may train or up-skill for a more complex and responsible role. You could analyse the next role and try, step by step, to undertake tasks or projects that are part of the future role. Maybe: leading a team, managing a project or proposing a marketing plan. How can you get your newly (or priorly) acquired experience recognised at a higher level?

Undertaking new projects and up-skilling allow you to learn capabilities you did not have. However it does not provide you with a qualification. Meanwhile, Accreditation of Prior Learning does.

How does Accreditation of Prior Learning work?

APL stands for Accreditation of Prior Learning. It is a process in which your experiences in work, committees and voluntary activities are matched against the criteria of an official qualification. The experiences are assessed against the criteria of an associate degree, bachelor or master. It leads to an accredited Statement of Competence at associate degree, bachelor or master. In this way professionals can get their experiences recognised. For example, you have been working as a manager for a  few years. Those experiences as a manager can get credited and turn into an officially accredited statement of competence – at, for instance, bachelor level – by APL.

What do others say about APL?

The benefits of APL point towards both career advancement as well as pursuing the next levels of education. For example, according to Qualifax there are 5 main benefits of APL:

  1. Provides access to accredited qualifications for ‘non-traditional’ students 
  2. Acknowledges the value of learning outside a traditional higher education environment 
  3. Enables individuals to progress to other education and training programmes
  4. Shortens the time necessary to earn a degree or qualification
  5. Enhances an individuals’ perception of learning as a lifelong process

Learning-and-development-in-work CAN be accredited!

Both APL and up-skilling can help you be seen as a valuable professional. How could you develop and maintain your capabilities – Think about:

  • all sorts of short-term training, 
  • performance in projects, 
  • undertaking new tasks, 
  • keeping up to date with changes in the industry, 
  • attending virtual conferences or networking events, 
  • participating in formal feedback sessions,
  • volunteering and 
  • being mentored. 

With smart use of the APL-processes, you may collect  all those activities and achieve an  accredited statement of competence even at bachelor or master level. Yes, that sounds like a dream. And the good news: it can be done.

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About MacArthur Institute

At MacArthur Institute we help experienced professionals with 5 to 35 years of working (or voluntary) experience to prove their level of knowledge and skill and then be approved of achieving an associate degree, a bachelor or masters level. We work with career switchers to improve their lives.