Assessment of prior learning is a process which involves the identification, documentation and assessment of learning acquired through formal, non-formal and informal learning. This includes work and life experiences, training, independent study, hobbies and family experiences. It is actually the assessment of uncertified learning gained through work, community or leisure time activities. Assessment of Prior learning is the means by which persons can reflect, identify and demonstrate their range of knowledge and skills through a valid and reliable process.
This process caters for the certification of workers in industry who have years of experience but no certification in their skill area. Through this process they can produce a portfolio of their experiences in their related skill area, demonstrate their skills and knowledge through assessment and become certified.