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Recognition of Prior Learning - Arboriculture & Horticulture Industry


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a mechanism under the Qualifications Framework (QF). It aims to enable practitioners with various backgrounds to receive formal recognition of the knowledge, skills and experience already acquired. Aspiring practitioners can determine their starting points for learning and progression based on the qualification levels they have already acquired to minimise the need for repetitious training of the same skills. Employers may also formulate training programmes in respect of the competencies and qualification levels attained by their employees to meet organizational needs.

Guiding Principles

The Units of Competencies (UoCs) specified in the Specification of Competency Standards (SCSs) of the respective industry will serve as the necessary reference for the RPL assessments.

The RPL mechanism will be conducted in the form of clusters of units. Each cluster of unit will spell out the competency requirements of the relevant job type together with the requirements of years of working experience and relevant experience for practitioners’ reference. Practitioners can apply for RPL according to their own competency standards.

Successful applicants will be awarded a Statement of Attainment(s).


Form of Assessment

RPL (Arboriculture and Horticulture) assessments can be conducted in the form of:

  1. Verification of the supporting documents of years of working experience and relevant experience