Prior Learning

(This page is part of the official Academic Calendar)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is the assessment processes that are used to evaluate and provide recognition for the knowledge, skills and attitudes that people have acquired in their lives which includes formal learning, non-formal learning and informal learning. RPL can take various forms, Advanced Placement (AP), Challenge Exam (A-F or WD), Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PL), or Transfer Credit (TR), and the associated outcomes can be used for different purposes relevant to the individual\'s educational program at RDC.

To qualify for an RDC program credential, students must complete at least 50% of the credit requirements for the credential through enrolment in RDC courses unless a formal agreement for alternate pathways has been approved by the Vice President Academic.

It is the responsibility of the applicant or student to provide the assessors of Red Deer College with any transcripts, course outlines, or descriptions, or any other documentation necessary to support the prior learning application.

Recognition of prior learning applications that are not approved may be appealed to the Registrar. The Registrar’s decision is final.


A Recognition of Prior Learning fee may be levied to support the assessment process. Refer to Other Fees.

Application Timelines

In order to receive recognition of prior learning by the College, the individual requesting the prior learning assessment must have applied and/or been admitted to a credit program at Red Deer College. Students do not have to be registered in a course to apply for RPL.

To apply for RPL, compete the RPL Application form on the right side of this webpage and email it to rpl [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca

Please submit RPL applications at least eight weeks prior to the commencement of courses. (Applications received after April 15 may not be completed prior to the beginning of the Fall term.) RPL applications for transfer credit assessment require official transcripts (required for admission). Other supporting documentation, academic course outlines or descriptions, may be attached to the RPL application.

For more information email: rpl [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca.


Not all RDC courses are eligible for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition, Transfer Credit, Challenge or Advanced Placement. Restricted courses are identified in the Course Descriptions.