What is assessment of prior learning (APL)?
APL is a process of recognising skills and knowledge which have been gained over years of involvement in construction. These are matched against the contents of a qualification on a subject by subject basis. These subjects, called unit standards, can contribute towards the National Diploma in Architectural Technology, Construction Management and Quantity Surveying.
- Acknowledges the recognition of the learning gained from life experiences generally related to construction
- Allows recognition of past qualifications and subjects gained, subject to specified criteria
- Involves documentation of your work experience and projects specific to unit standards.
How is prior learning assessed?
The assessment process uses a variety of strategies including an interview, set of questions and portfolio of evidence and where appropriate on site assessment. The key to this process is the portfolio of evidence demonstrating relevant skills and experience.
How to apply
To apply for APL:
- Complete the 'Application' and 'Your story' forms
- Collate and submit documentation that identifies your involvement in significant construction work.
- Produce evidence of current capability e.g. verifiable CV outlining work history, any academic achievements
- Include the Application Fee of $153.75 (gst inclusive). This must be included with your “APL Application” form
- Send all your documents and payment to us:
Construction Section APL
Private Bag 31914
Lower Hutt 5040
Once we receive your application we may be in touch to discuss your application, or if we need further information.
We will contact you in writing with the outcome of your application. If you are considered a suitable applicant for APL we will confirm the list of unit standards you are eligible for. If you wish to proceed, you will then need to pay an assessment fee for the chosen credits. The cost of this will depend on the units required.
Next steps in the assessment process
- A facilitator will be allocated
- You will need to confirm which units you are undertaking at your first session with your facilitator (note a refund policy of two weeks starts from this point)
- When you have completed your preparation you will be assessed by one or more specialist assessors.
What about student loans or allowances?
APL is an assessment service and not a programme of study. Student loans or allowances are not available for assessment of prior learning.
If you want to discuss your options or find out more about APL, contact Russell Wallace:
Freephone: 0508 650 200