Recognition and Accreditation of Prior Learning

What is accreditation?

Accreditation means that a student recognises what he or she is already capable of, and knows how to utilise this previously acquired knowledge as part of a Bachelor’s degree. Therefore it means the recognition and acceptance of learning corresponding to the goals set for studies. This learning has been acquired through other studies, practical training, work experience or hobbies. Course descriptions describe the ways that courses can be completed and what methods of accreditation are applied to it. At the JAMK University of Applied Sciences it is possible to apply for

1) replace with previously completed studies,
2) the inclusion of previously completed courses in JAMK degree studies or
3) Recognition of Prior Learning, or RPL, as part of JAMK studies.

How does a student apply for the accreditation of studies?

Apply for accreditation by filling in a form:

Replacement button  Inclusion button  RPL button

TABLE 1. Accreditation in brief

Accreditation table 1

Accreditation table 2

How will your application move forward?

Act as follows:

Acquaint yourself with the courses and modules of your degree programme and the learning goals that are presented there. If you feel that you have a command of the content of the courses, you can apply for accreditation.

1) Apply for accreditation on the basis of a Personal Learning Plan (PLP) discussion in writing with a form from the teacher in charge of the course and produce the possible documents at the same time.
2) Use self-evaluation to describe to the teacher in charge the basis of why you are applying for accreditation and how your skills correspond to the learning goals of the studies. In the self-evaluation, make use of the evaluation criteria of each course.
3) Submit the necessary documents concerning your competence in connection with your application.
4) Leave the application with the teacher in charge of your own degree programme before the deadline announced for each unit.

Prosess of accreditation


FIGURE 1. Progress of accreditation

Recognition of prior learning (you make it through self-evaluation) and acknowledgement (the teacher in charge decides whether to accept or reject) proceeds according to figure 2.

Prosess of RPL



FIGURE 2. Progress of RPL, or recognition of prior learning, and acknowledgement

What happens then?

The maximum processing time of the application by the teacher in charge is one month. If a student needs to add to the application, this should be done within two weeks of notification that additional information is needed. If additional information is not made available by the deadline, the application expires. The degree programmes define the handling of the applications and the timing in such a way that students are aware of them and are capable of planning their studies so that they will run smoothly, and to apply for accreditation sufficiently early.

The teacher in charge will evaluate the achievements put forward by the student in relation to the goals, and will decide on the accreditation on that basis. The teacher in charge can also require the student to present further evidence, or a demonstration, or call the student in for an interview. The teacher can also reject the application. The teacher in charge informs the Student Services Secretary and the Head of Department of the decision.

What if an application is not approved?

If the teacher in charge rejects the application, he or she shall explain the reasons in writing.

If the accreditation application is rejected, the student shall attend the classes.

A student who is dissatisfied with the decision can submit a written request for rectification from the teacher in charge. The request for rectification must be made within 14 days of the arrival of the decision. If the decision of the teacher in charge remains negative, the student may appeal to the Board of Examiners for rectification within 14 days of being informed in writing of the decision by the teacher in charge on the request for rectification.

Guidance and information

The career tutor gives guidance on accreditation matters and as part of the Personal Learning Plan discussions in the course on developing your expertise, for instance. A key aim of the first PLP discussion is to ascertain the student's skills in relation to the goals of basic knowledge of the degree, and to guide the student in accreditation practices.

The issue of accreditation is discussed with the teacher in charge of the course.

Additional Information