QQI Report: 'Review of the Landscape of Practice Supporting Access Transfer and Progression in Irish Education and Training'

November 17, 2023

The recently published Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) 'Review of the Landscape of Practice Supporting Access Transfer and Progression in Irish Education and Training' report includes a section detailing compelling insights and developments in the world of RPL.

The report not only celebrates the strides made in RPL but also underscores the vital need for policy evolution and stakeholder cooperation to further reinforce and legitimise RPL practices.

As we reflect on these insights, it's clear that RPL in Ireland is at a pivotal juncture. It's an exciting time to be part of this transformative field, as we collectively work towards a future where every learning experience counts and is recognised.

RPL is more than just a process; it's a transformative tool that formally acknowledges the diverse learning journeys of individuals. Whether through formal, non-formal, or informal routes, RPL builds bridges to further education and professional recognition.

The report also provides comprehensive context and Policy Foundations. Since the NFQ's pivotal guidelines in 2005, RPL has evolved, guided by QQI’s Core QA Guidelines. These policies have paved the way for a more structured approach to recognising prior learning across educational sectors.

Sector-Specific Developments
In FET, RPL is emerging as a key feature, underlining inclusivity and flexibility. Exciting pilot projects are in the pipeline, setting a dynamic future course.
In HET, RPL is acknowledged as a crucial lifeline for lifelong learning. Despite the absence of a unified national policy, institutions are embracing RPL with established policies and the influential National RPL Project.

Challenges and Opportunities
The journey isn't without its hurdles. The call for coherence, consistency, and support in RPL practices echoes loud and clear, highlighting the need for robust policies that reflect the real-world challenges of RPL.

This is a very useful resource for us to reflect on how we can further enrich the RPL landscape in Ireland.

The report in full is available here