Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
The Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), in partnership with The Academy of Leadership & Management, offers Recognition and Accreditation of Prior Learning (RAPL) to Armed Forces personnel. This provides a highly cost effective and efficient route to gaining recognised civilian qualifications based on past experience, learning and qualifications.
Dependent upon level, the RAPL process can lead to:-
- achievement of ILM Certificate & Diploma qualifications at Levels 3 to 7
- advanced entry to undergraduate study (3rd year)
- up to 50% credit at Masters level
This innovative process opens up qualifications and progression routes to people who have gained a great deal through experience and training but whose qualifications have not necessarily kept pace with their personal development. It is a great way to update your CV in preparation for the resettlement process.
Recognition and Accreditation of Prior Learning is available at all levels. Candidates can claim credit and certification through a simple process, which can normally be completed within 4-6 weeks.
Candidates complete a straighforward application form, which covers a full range of leadership and management outcomes linked to credit rated units. This is then reviewed by a qualified ILM assessor who ascertains what level and qualification the prior learning and experience can be mapped to. This will normally be one of the following:-
LEVEL 3 - Practising or aspiring first line managers
Level 3 Certificate in Leadership & Management Skills
LEVEL 4 - Aspiring middle managers
Level 4 Certificate in Leadership & Management Skills
LEVEL 5 - Practising or aspiring middle managers
Level 5 Certificate in Leadership & Management
Level 5 Diploma in Management
LEVEL 7 - Practising or aspiring senior managers
Level 7 Certificate in Executive Management
Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Leadership
Level 7 Diploma in Executive Management
Once the level has been agreed, the candidate completes an APL Claim Form and returns this with any relevant evidence to support their claim. The assessor will then conduct a Professional Interview with the candidate (this can normally be done by 'phone or video link). The outcome of this interview is either award of the qualification or the agreement of an action plan which will identify any additional actions and work required. Once these actions have been completed, the qualification can then be awarded.
This is an extremely cost effective way to achieve a qualification for candidates who can demonstrate that they have already met many of the required learning outcomes. In fact, cost savings range from 60% to 80% of our full ILM programme costs. For more details please click here.
The Standard Learning Credit (SLC) may be used in support of the APL process. The SLC Scheme allows personnel to obtain financial assistance for learning costs up to a maximum of £175 per financial year. For more information, see the page on funding.
For more information, please contact our team using the contact form. Alternatively, you can call us on 0845 890 2549.