Frequently Asked Questions

RPL at a glance …


Your questions answered


Where do I start?

Please do the following:

  1. Check the basis of your case with the module assessor
  2. Register for the module with admissions office
  3. Locate the correct set of learning outcomes at
  4. Complete the paperwork required and gather your evidence
  5. Attend MS Teams Workshop if you have questions about applying (email to attend with your preferred date/time).
  6. Apply by the deadline of week 5 of semester. This will be the 10th October 2024.

Alternatively email  or and we will answer your questions.

How do I apply?

Apply through  or by email once you have gone through the following checklist:

  1. Have you registered for the module?
  2. Have you checked your application and the basis of your case with the module assessor first?
  3. Did you go to UPLOAD INSTRUCTIONS and complete the application form/portfolio needed?
  4. Did you scan your evidence and save as a PDF before pasting these into the end of the application? Ensure all final applications are just one document only. This is important.
  5. Have you presented original transcripts of results to RPL office (unless transcript is from a CIT programme).

What does it cost?

Full module fee is payable up front. All RPL cases cost the full module fee, apart from those based on prior formal learning. For prior formal learning cases a refund less (€50 processing fee) is allowed once the result is ratified at the module exam board meeting. You can ring the fees office to arrange for this once you have your result.

What is the deadline?

The deadline for applications for RPL is the 10th October 2024.

How long does it take?

This is really up to you. You direct the pace. The sooner you apply in the semester, the sooner we can have word back to you about the outcome of case. Normally assessment takes a week to ten days.

Can I apply for part of a module?

Exemptions are granted for whole modules only.

What is the policy?

MTU’s policy allows for applicants to apply freely in non-award stage of programmes. You are required to meet each learning outcome at a pass or basic level with your prior learning.

In a final or award stage of any programme the requirement is to achieve 60 credits of new learning to complete the award. Each of the modules must be based on new learning, including the modules achieved by RPL. There are implications if the basis of your case has already previously been used towards another major award (i.e. previously redeemed learning). If an exemption (X) is assigned in a final stage, the overall result is an unclassified award, which will prevent progression. Alternatively you can opt to take an additional module to arrive at 60 credits of new learning.

The following types of prior learning are deemed as new learning however, and can be used in an award stage without implications:

  1. Prior experiential learning
  2. Special purpose awards or minor awards
  3. Previously in-completed studies
  4. In company training or CPD programmes or other non-formal learning

For each of these categories of learning a % mark will be assigned to the RPL case which will contribute to your overall grade point average and award classification.

What if I don’t get the exemption?

If the assessor will not allow the exemption, it is because each learning outcome is not met at a pass or basic level. They may provide feedback explaining how your prior learning did not match the set of learning outcomes. You will have to achieve the module now in the conventional assessment manner.

What is the assessor looking for?

The assessor is looking to see that each learning outcome is met at a pass or basic level, and that the learning presented is yours. The will require evidence of your prior learning.


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