Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL)

APEL is a process that enables everyone to receive formal recognition for previously gained skills and knowledge - your relevant experience is taken into account.

Applicants without eligible qualifications may still be able to obtain RRP status if they can provide evidence of achieving the level of learning required - through a combination of specific training and practical work experience.

Before embarking on the APEL process, risk and insurance professionals will need to request and complete the application form as fully as possible, attaching a current CV to the application.

Following an initial review of the information, applicants may be put in touch with an ALARM RRP assessor to discuss whether the process is likely to be useful to you.

If the decision is taken to proceed with your application, the steps are as follows:

1. Candidate profiling

This is based on information you provide about yourself and your professional background, for example, your current CV, any academic certificates, other certificates and awards and evidence of attendance at courses, etc.

2. Additional evidence

You may be asked to submit further information to support your application, including:

  • Detail of courses you've attended
  • A written report on your relevant accomplishments and skills (supported by a statement from an independent referee)
  • Copies of reports, documents or presentations you may have written, with witness statements confirming their originality
  • Proof of duties you carry out in your daily work, with witness statements confirming your capability
  • Other evidence as appropriate.

3. Assessing the evidence

On receipt of your portfolio, the assessor will review it to ensure it is complete before assessing and verifying the evidence.

If the evidence is sufficient, the assessor will record the outcome and recommend recognition towards achievement of RRP status. This will be subject to satisfying criteria around the length of professional experience along with evidence of the CPD required of non-standard applicants.

If the evidence is not sufficient, the assessor will advise what is missing, and offer you the opportunity to collect and submit additional information which meets the criteria to support your application.

4. Accreditation

This is the formal verification by ALARM that credit is being awarded towards the achievement of RRP status - in addition to formal notification of the result.

Successful applicants through the APEL route will pay the initial registration fee and be subject to the same benefits and expectations - with regard to CPD and renewal procedures - as those applying under the standard route.

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