Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognizing prior learning increases student access to postsecondary education by facilitating mobility within Humber and between other recognized institutions. When possible, Humber will maximize a student’s ability to satisfy program requirements through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), which includes the following three components:

  • Transfer Credit - the granting of credit for coursework undertaken within another program or recognized institution
  • Pathways – established academic routes whereby students move from one program to another in a seamless fashion.  Graduates may have their previous program learning recognized for block transfer into advanced semesters of the receiving program.
  • Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) - a process that allows individuals to identify, document, have assessed and gain recognition for prior learning. The learning may be formal, informal, or experiential.


The following documents can be accessed under the Essential Files section below. To download, log in with your Humber credentials.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Guide: Provides detailed information on RPL including resources and step-by-step guides.

Academic Pathway Proposal Form: assists in tracking the development of the pathway and encourage greater planning during the development process. 

Block Transfer Schedule of Study: used to create or revise a block transfer schedule of study into diplomas or degrees. 

Assessing Courses for Transfer Credit: a short guide for faculty and staff when assessing transfer credits.

Gap Analysis Tool 

Request to Cancel a Block Transfer Pathway Form: used when removing a block transfer.

Quality Assurance for the RPL in Canada Manual: This manual focuses on the characteristics and practices of quality RPL programs and services. The Canadian Association of Prior Learning Assessment (CAPLA) fosters greater consistency and acceptance of RPL across the country by ensuring RPL services meet accepted quality standards, all individuals can receive fair and equitable services, and the outcomes can be valued across all provinces and territories in all sectors.

Essential Files & Helpful Tips

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