APEL C 2021-01-08T01:56:12+00:00

What is APEL?

APEL stands for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning. It is the process where credit is sought for learning which has not previously been assessed and awarded credit by an academic institution or professional organisation. It is learning which has taken place from a range of experiences and is often unstructured, personal and unconsciously gained. Skills, knowledge and abilities that come with this type of learning however can be equal to those gained by students following traditional courses through formal educational institutions.

Examples of Experiential Learning:

  • Work experience (paid or voluntary), e.g. a task or project that you undertook, or report which you wrote, or database you designed
  • Non-accredited courses, e.g. in-house training, hobbies/interests
  • Life experience

Fajar International College have been awarded as a centre for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning for Credit Award (APEL(C)) which allows Fajar International College students to gain credit (Credit Transfer) for courses in a program if they are able to demonstrate the competencies matching the learning outcomes of a course(s). This can significantly shorten the duration of your studies at Fajar International College.

The APEL(C) process assesses, recognizes and awards credits for an individual’s prior experiential learning gained either through formal, non-formal or informal means by determining the extent to which the learner has achieved the required learning / competency outcomes for award of credit for a particular course.

If successful, students will be able to reduce the duration and cost of the program.

On inquiry, the applicant will be provided with APEL(C) Handbook, which includes advice on the application process and procedures. Applicants will be required to complete a claim form detailing prior learning they wish to apply for credit transfer, and to provide appropriate evidence.Prior to processing with the APEL(C) application, the Academic Advisor first must ask the applicant to answer the following questions to ascertain his/her suitability to proceed with the claim: 

  • Is your learning in a subject area taught at our College?
  • Can your learning be verified and documented by an expert in the field?
  • Can your learning be related to other learning from similar areas of study? 

If the answers to the above questions were yes, then the APEL(C) is worth exploring, the Academic Advisor will discuss the APEL(C) application form with the student and:

  • Clarify what learning outcomes the student is seeking credit for;
  • Discuss with the student how experiential learning might be appropriately be evidenced;
  • Student will also be advised that they can only be assessed either through a Challenge Test or submission of Portfolio.
  • Advise the student on how and when to submit the necessary portfolio of evidence or other documentary evidence; if the students is subjected to undergo the assessment through Portfolio;
  • Advice may include use of guidance study pack/online guide, applicant attending a workshop/interview to establish merits of claim; and
  • Consult with the Assessor and other colleagues in the APEL (C) Unit as necessary on the appropriate methods to be used to assess the applicant’s experiential learning and the evidence submitted.

ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESSES –Stages of making an application for APEL (C) 

Stage – Application

Once approved by the APEL (C) Advisor that the enquirer/applicant has met the admission criteria,  the enquirer is required to submit a Portfolio/Application Form as a pre-registration process. The Advisor will also guide the applicant with the template to determine his/her eligibility

Once completed, the Portfolio will then be submitted by the Advisor to the Panel of Assessors to determine the eligibility of the enquirer.

Stage 2 – Initial Assessment

The Advisor should discuss the APEL application form with the applicant and: 

  • Clarify what learning outcomes the applicant is seeking credit for
  • Discuss with the applicant how experiential learning might most appropriately be evidenced
  • Advise the applicant on how and when to submit the necessary portfolio of evidence 

     The Assessors should also

  • Consult with the Head of Program (who will consider the evidence when it is submitted) and other colleagues as necessary on the appropriate method (s) to be used to assess the applicant’s experiential learning and the evidence submitted

Stage 3 – Submission of Evidence

This step requires the applicant to submit a portfolio of evidence demonstrating the learning achieved.

     The portfolio might include;

      Direct evidence:

  • Certificates
  • Work samples
  • Records of Workplace Activities
  • Documents

     Indirect evidence:

  • Emails/Statements from supervisors or managers in relation to aspects of practice
  • References from colleagues, employees, voluntary organizations, professional bodies 

In addition to the submission of a portfolio, assessment of learning can include oral examinations, and/or or more traditional examinations.  College might also request a reflective account (with a word limit)

Stage 4 – Assessment

The submission of evidence should be considered by the Panel of APEL (C) Assessors.  The evidence provided by the applicant to support the claim will be evaluated in respect of its: 

  • Sufficiency – it must be appropriate in terms of level, volume (i.e. match that for which the claim is made, although higher level credit may substitute for lower level credit) and relevance for the purpose of the particular claim;
  • Currency – it must represent the applicant’s present knowledge and abilities;
  • Authenticity – the applicant has actually completed what is claimed 

Credit must only be given for demonstrated learning, where equivalence of learning outcomes can be demonstrated.

Once the assessment is complete, the Head of the Panel of APEL (C) Assessors should sign off the recommendation section of the form, indicating the specific academic credit to be awarded in respect of the named module. The recommendation should then be   confirmed by the Head of Program, who in turn will forward the recommendation to the Academic Board for final approval.


For further enquiries on APEL C, please email to the following address:




Lot 2994-2997, Sevenew Commercial Centre, Jalan Pujut 5C, 98000 Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia

Phone: +6085 644 608 / 644 803

Fax: +6085 644 445

Web: www.kolejfajar.edu.my