In the traditional educational landscape, formal learning often takes the spotlight, overshadowing the wealth of knowledge gained through informal learning experiences.

This article delves into the concept of the “hidden curriculum” and explores how Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is unveiling the true value of informal learning, bridging the gap between conventional education and the skills acquired organically through life experiences.


1.The Hidden Curriculum Defined:

There are informal aspects of learning that go beyond textbooks and classrooms.

2. Informal Learning: So much more!:

Informal learning, including on-the-job experiences, self-directed learning, mentorship, and other non-traditional educational paths can never be under estimated.

3. RPL is a pathway for Unrecognized Skills:

RPL acts as a beacon, recognizing and valuing the skills acquired through informal learning that often go unnoticed in traditional educational settings.

4. Success Stories: From Informal Learning to Professional Triumph:

Listen to what a previous student had to share about making use of his knowledge and experience in gaining a qualification:
“The ICB gave me hope that there is a future for someone who did not go or could not afford going to varsity as the costs in comparison were much more affordable. The mere fact that it is SAQA accredited and that you can study further using the credits obtained was extremely positive. I am affiliated to SAIBA and SAIT and a registered tax practitioner. I am busy on the Independent reviewer specialized course through SAIT now as well to diversify my skill set and offer further services to potential clients.

I completed my qualification some time ago and registered with CIMA to study further as a cost accountant. However, due to my business growing 10 fold from the opportunity derived from ICB, I had to put it on hold and rather look to specialize on a few short courses in the interim. ” Darryl Rheeder.

5. RPL and Career Development:

RPL supports career development by acknowledging and validating the skills acquired on the job.

6. Challenges of Ignoring Informal Learning:

The power of the workforce with experience can not be undermined.  Experience counts for so much!  Can you imagine how the combination of experience but also the theory training and certification will improve knowledge base and skill sets in the workplace.  Let’s also consider the follow up mentoring that these individuals can pass onto the next generation.

7. The Role of Technology in Informal Learning Recognition:

Technology, including portfolios, online assessments, and digital badges, can play a crucial role in recognizing and documenting informal learning experiences. And as such make you more credible in the workforce and job search next to other candidates.


We cannot over-emphasize  the transformative potential of Recognition of Prior Learning in unveiling the hidden curriculum and fostering a more inclusive, adaptive, and holistic approach to education.

We do encourage to explore how your unique informal learning journeys can be recognized and celebrated through RPL, unlocking doors to new opportunities and personal growth.

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In a rapidly evolving world, the traditional pathways to education and career development are undergoing significant transformations. One such transformative concept gaining prominence is the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). This innovative approach acknowledges and values the wealth of knowledge and skills individuals acquire through their life experiences, both formal and informal.

In this article, we will explore the importance, benefits, and challenges associated with the recognition of prior learning.

Understanding Recognition of Prior Learning:

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process through which individuals can receive acknowledgment and credit for the skills, knowledge, and competencies they have gained through various life experiences. This can include work experience, self-directed learning, volunteering, and other non-formal or informal learning activities. The primary goal of RPL is to bridge the gap between experiential learning and formal education, providing individuals with an opportunity to showcase their capabilities and receive formal recognition.

Let Atlantic Technological University also explain the RPL concept:


Benefits of Recognition of Prior Learning:

  1. Inclusivity and Diversity:
    RPL promotes inclusivity by recognizing diverse learning experiences. It allows individuals from different backgrounds, cultures, and age groups to contribute to the educational landscape, fostering a more inclusive and representative learning environment.
  2. Time and Cost Savings:
    For many adult learners, traditional educational routes can be time-consuming and financially burdensome. RPL enables individuals to fast-track their education by skipping redundant material and focusing on acquiring new skills and knowledge, potentially saving both time and money.
  3. Career Advancement:
    Recognizing prior learning can significantly impact career advancement. Individuals who have acquired skills through hands-on experience or non-traditional learning paths can demonstrate their competencies to employers, potentially opening doors to new career opportunities and advancement.
  4. Motivation and Confidence:
    RPL acknowledges the efforts individuals have put into their personal and professional development. This recognition can boost self-esteem, motivation, and confidence, empowering learners to pursue further education or career goals.

Recognition of Prior Learning is a powerful tool for making education more accessible, flexible, and responsive to the diverse needs of learners. By acknowledging the value of experiential learning, RPL has the potential to revolutionize the way we perceive and pursue education. As we continue to embrace lifelong learning, RPL stands as a beacon, guiding us toward a more inclusive and equitable educational landscape.

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