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Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the term given to granting credit based on formal and informal learning. Credit can be awarded for completed tertiary qualifications from Massey or other institutions, for incomplete tertiary qualifications from other institutions, and from informal learning. It can be applied to your proposed current study with Massey University and will be awarded at an appropriate level for the content of the qualifying course.

Credit for informal learning acknowledges relevant and appropriate skills and knowledge obtained through training, work experience and life experience. Applications for informal learning are rigorously assessed using normal university procedures, such as assessment of a portfolio of supporting materials, and/or use of a challenge examination. Students who are granted credit under this regulation will have had to demonstrate their capability at the same level as students who enrol in and pass the specified course.

Please refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning Regulations for a full and comprehensive description.

How to apply

Once you have accepted an Offer of Place for the qualification you want to study, or are a current student, you can apply by:

  1. Logging into the student portal.
  2. Clicking the Qualifications and courses tab.
  3. Clicking the Apply for credit link in the Previous tertiary study / Apply for credit section.
  4. Completing the following pages.

For step-by-step instructions see the  Recognition of Prior Learning Student Information Guide (627 KB) .  

Cost

View non-tuition fees, select the relevant year and click the Recognition of prior learning (cross credit) fees link.

Informal learning FAQs

Who will assess my application for informal learning? 

Your application will be checked to make sure sufficient documentation has been provided and you have applied for the correct courses. Your application will then be referred to the relevant college or school for a recommendation and then processed.

How much credit can I receive from informal learning?

The maximum credit from informal learning towards an undergraduate degree is 120 credits at 100 or 200-level. Note: There is no credit awarded for 300 level courses. The maximum credit towards a sub-degree or degree-level certificate or diploma is one-third of the credits required for the qualification. The maximum credit towards a graduate or postgraduate (up to Level 8 on the NZQA Qualifications Framework) is one-third of the credits required for the qualification. 

What do I need to provide for my informal learning application?

Part of the online informal learning application process is also selecting the courses you are applying for. It is important that you refer to the learning outcomes for each of these courses. The portfolio of supporting materials you provide will need to refer to these learning outcomes and in particular, how your informal learning aligns with the course learning outcomes.

You must provide a copy of your CV with your application. 

Supporting documentation can include but is not limited to the following:

  • A document created by you showing how each of the learning outcomes for the course you have selected aligns with your prior learning eg a table document with the course number and learning outcomes on one side and information on how the learning outcome is met on the other side. Provide specific examples.
  • Letter from your employer that demonstrates how your prior learning aligns with the course learning outcomes.
  • A job description that is relevant to the learning outcomes of the course you have applied for.
  • Documented projects that are relevant to the learning outcomes of the course you have applied for.
  • If you have completed any professional or short courses through work, or other means, please supply formal evidence of this. 

Qualifications where specific documentation is required:

Bachelor of Construction

A copy of your current Curriculum Vitae (CV), two employer references confirming completion of at least 300 hours of work experience in the Construction Industry, and a brief report (2 pages maximum) outlining how you have met the requirements for the courses you are seeking credit for. 

Bachelor of Aviation Management

If a CPL (Commercial Pilots Licence) is held – please provide evidence of the issue of the licence. Please supply a photocopy of all pages. You must also have an Instrument Rating noted on the licence and provide evidence of at least 250 logged flight hours in your log book. Please supply a photocopy of the relevant page of your log book that clearly shows your total flying hours.

Massey Business School programmes (except the Bachelor of Aviation Management scenario mentioned above)

A document showing how each of the learning outcomes for the courses aligns with your prior learning. For example, a table document with the course number and learning outcomes on one side and information on how the learning outcome is met on the other side. Provide specific examples. . 

College of Creative Arts programmes

A portfolio in either digital or physical format (we prefer digital format – this can be uploaded in the student portal). A portfolio is a selection of your creative work that shows your creative potential. It can include examples from school or your own projects at home or in the community. More information about portfolios see College of Creative Arts - portfolios

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