May people choose to study late in life. Standard testing is not effective for these people. This is why alternative methods like RPL have to be developed. RPL is one of the more common and most effective testing method in use these days. Many colleges and institutes have employed it. It is easy to replicate and is very practical. It has several benefits over other forms of testing. The term RPL is a shortened version of a longer term. It stands for recognition of prior learning. It is also know by other names that can be used interchangeably.
One of those names is prior learning assessment. However prior learning assessment or PLA as it was known as has fallen out of fashion. People prefer to use RPL as the new acronym when they are not using the full term. Another name for RPL is prior learning assessment and recognition. This can be shortened as PLAR. PLAR, like PLA, is not in common usage. Only people from technical fields are familiar with the term. As mentioned above, RPL is the more commonly used name for these kinds of tests. RPL is very simple and incorporates many things that can be considered common sense. It has simplified the way people are assessed. They no longer have to jump through hoops to prove a point.
The average age of people who are assessed using RPL is forty. This is because it is used more often with older people. The number of older people studying has gone up. This is good for the economy as it contributes skilled workforce. More qualified people means that better equipped workforce will be able to serve the country. Adult education can increase people’s skills dramatically. It can lead to improved literacy rates and can provide more qualified labour for the factories. One of the many reasons government have turned to RPL is because it has proven invaluable. It has proven invaluable in testing people enrolled for vocational qualifications.
Vocational qualifications improve the quality of workforce. They teach people to be self sufficient. They make people less reliant on state aid and promote independence. Without RPL assessments, they could not have been possible. RPL assessments have increased the scope of vocational qualifications. Vocational qualifications and RPL assessments have been synergetic in the way they have transformed the economy. Previously people were tested using conventional means such as standard exams they proved to be deficient and costly measures. Then governments and private testing bodies turned to using RPL assessments. RPL assessments not only were more effective, they also lead to money being saved. Therefore, they are cost efficient and effective at the same time, this is why they have replaced standard testing in most vocational training centers, private and public alike.