Recognition of Prior Learning


Note: The RPL application process is closed at this time, but please keep checking this website for new announcements and important instructions about submitting your application.

At NBCC, we recognize that learning happens inside and outside the classroom. Our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) program allows you to gain credit for the learning you already possess. You may have taken many different paths to develop this learning, from formal coursework at other post-secondary institutions to informal workshops and seminars, on-the-job training, work experience, volunteerism, military service or family commitments. No matter how or where you gained your experience, RPL provides a way for you to demonstrate your learning and receive formal credit for it.

RPL is not about assessing the student; it’s about assessing the learning.

There are two ways you can be awarded credit towards your program at NBCC:

  • Credit Transfer (CR): You may receive credit for learning you gained from an equivalent course you previously completed at a recognized post-secondary institution if the course outcomes match at least 80% of the competencies required for the respective NBCC course and you achieved a minimum grade of 60%.
  • Credit Equivalency (EQ): You may earn credit for learning you gained from informal learning and experience. Equivalency is also granted when more than one post-secondary course is applied toward credit for one NBCC course. The learning you achieved must match at least 80% of the competencies, scope, and level of learning required in the respective NBCC course.

There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Questions? Ask Us

Use this form to ask questions about RPL or request a meeting with the RPL Coordinator to discuss your application.