Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Access and Exemptions

Learners in Tipperary ETB (TETB) will be facilitated in using prior certification to gain entry to a programme, to gain exemption from an element of a programme or to gain credit towards an award. Learners should contact their centre directly to attain more information.

For teachers, tutors and trainers who need further information about the application and use of exemptions, further information can be found below:


  1. Claiming an exemption is a procedure carried out by centre in TETB when entering a learner for certification in a major award or a special purpose award
  2. An exemption can only be claimed for a learner:
    • who holds an existing component (minor award) which is mapped to one of the QQI common award system (CAS) components
    • who holds an award made by another awarding body where the awarding body is nationally recognised in its own country and operating a quality assured awarding process, for example, the State Examinations Commission, ECDL, MOS etc
    • who is applying for a major award or special purpose award.

For information on the arrangements QQI has in place for exemptions for the purpose of a learner achieving certification in a major or special purpose award from January 2016 please click here.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

TETB acknowledges the need to develop a policy that underpins RPL for all FET centres. ETBI’s Assessment Reference Documents for FET (2018) will support TETB when this work is being undertaken.