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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

What is RPL?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process by which prior learning is formally valued and identified, assessed, and recognised by an educational institution as part of their programmes, courses, and/or modules on the National Framework of Qualifications. This allows for an individual to build on learning achieved and to be recognised for it.

Chart of RPL benefits

If you would like to know if RPL is available for the course you want to study at Trinity, then contact the relevant School. You can view Trinity’s current RPL Policy here:

About the National RPL Project

Funded under the Irish Government’s Human Capital Initiative (HCI) Pillar 3 (Innovation and Agility), this 5-year (2020-2025) €6.9m project will work towards integrating RPL as an integral part of Ireland’s higher education system. The aim is to ensure that RPL is widely understood and utilised as a flexible pathway to further learning, certification, and professional development. For more information on the National RPL in Higher Education Project see

Trinity RPL Working Group

A Trinity RPL Working Group was established in March 2022 to review current RPL policy and practice across the University in light of the national RPL project and make recommendations for the future.