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Recognition of Prior Learning - Import and Export Industry

Enhancement Measures of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Support Scheme

  • From 1 December 2019*, all RPL applicants can apply for full reimbursement of assessment fees in a lump sum after obtaining the Statement of Attainment (SOA).  All applications should be submitted within two years from the date of issuance of SOA.  Late applications will not be accepted. 
  • For those who have successfully applied for RPL on or before 30 November 2019 and wish to apply for either full or partial reimbursement of assessment fees, please submit applications on or before 30 November 2021.  Late applications will not be accepted.
*It refers to the date applicants submit RPL application forms to assessment agencies or the postmark date on envelope.



Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a mechanism under the Qualifications Framework (QF). It aims to enable practitioners with various backgrounds to receive formal recognition of the knowledge, skills and experience already acquired. Aspiring practitioners can determine their starting points for learning and progression based on the qualification levels they have already acquired to minimise the need for repetitious training of the same skills. Employers may also formulate training programmes in respect of the competencies and qualification levels attained by their employees to meet organizational needs.


Guiding Principles

The Units of Competencies (UoCs) specified in the Specification of Competency Standards (SCSs) of the respective industry will serve as the necessary reference for the RPL assessments.

The RPL mechanism will be conducted in the form of clusters of units. Each cluster of unit will spell out the competency requirements of the relevant job type together with the requirements of years of working experience and relevant experience for practitioners’ reference. Practitioners can apply for RPL according to their own competency standards.

Successful applicants will be awarded a Statement of Attainment(s).


Form of Assessment

RPL (Import and Export) assessments can be conducted in the form of:

  1. Verification of the supporting documents of years of working experience and relevant experience
  2. Written Test
  3. A combination of interview and written test