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What is RPL?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) enables a student to be awarded credit for one or more courses without having to undertake the formal course of study or the assessments and assignments.

RPL also ensures that students who enrol at Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand Institute (LCB NZI) from another education provider or who change from one qualification to another, are able to have their previous achievements recognized.

What is required?

You need to be able to demonstrate that you are able to satisfy all of the learning outcomes of previous studies to match the courses for which you seek RPL. You can do this by submitting evidence of previous studies. This could include a portfolio of work, academic transcripts, learning outcomes, course descriptors and assessment information or supporting documentation from a previous employer to attest that you have relevant knowledge. You may be required to complete a challenge assessment to prove your knowledge. Alternatively you may be required to participate in an interview to discuss your knowledge.

How do I apply?

You apply for RPL through admissions at Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand Institute. As a Le Cordon Bleu student we look after everything for you once you have applied.

What is the process?

Once you have submitted your application and supporting documents it is checked by the academic team to ensure that everything is in order to be able to match the learning outcomes of the programme you are applying for matches the learning outcomes from your previous studies. New Zealand regulations require that there is a 100% match. Once the matching exercise has been completed, a recommendation is made to the academic committee. The academic committee makes a decision based on the evidence supplied and the recommendation of the academic team. Once the decision is made you will be notified of the outcome.

When do I apply for RPL?

You can apply for RPL at any time prior to your course commencing once you have fully enrolled and paid your fees. If you are successfully awarded RPL for any course then monies will be refunded in full for the component of the course for which RPL has been awarded.

How long will it take?

This depends on the number of people applying for RPL and the time of the year. If all the necessary documentation is submitted then the initial assessment can usually be conducted within five working days and an indicative decision can be given. However all RPL awards are subject to academic approvals through a formal process that can take up to 30 days as Board of Studies and Academic Committees usually meet monthly.

What will it cost?

There is an admin fee of $50 plus $75 per hour for academic staff to assess the application.

What are the benefits?

What happens if my RPL application is rejected?

If the required documentation is unavailable or insufficient then you may be offered a challenge assessment. A challenge assessment is when you complete the assessment and assignment requirements of the course without attending the classes. There will be a fee payable for marking and examination invigilation time dependent on the workload for the academic staff. The challenge assessment is conducted before the course of study commences and if successful means that you do not need to enrol in that course of study or pay the full tuition fee.

Please refer to the Application for Academic Credit Sample Evidence Guideline.

If you have any other questions regarding Recognition of Prior Learning, then please contact our Admissions Office by emailing enrol@cordonbleu.edu