Recognition of Competences

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The goal of recognition of prior learning is to promote the progress of studies and to enable students to take an individual study path. RPL is based on a working life and competence-oriented curriculum. Students have the opportunity to apply for the recognition of prior learning if they possess the kind of competence that meets the aims of their curriculum.

Recognition and International Comparability of Qualifications

Recognition of qualifications refers to a decision on the eligibility that foreign qualifications provide when applying for a job or study place. In Finland, recognition decisions are made by different bodies for different purposes. The check and the recognition are done by The Finnish National Board of Education.

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If you have completed a degree in social and health care, the recognition of qualifications is made by Valvira (National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health)

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Main Principles in Recognition and Evaluation of Competences

Equality means that everyone has the same opportunities to recognition and evaluation of their competence.

Guidance is an important part of recognition and evaluation of competence. Guidance means, that you will have guidance (for example a oral/written communication) on how you are going to proceed with your study plans and career possibilities in the future.

Helping with problems and finding solutions is also an important part in recognising and evaluating competence. You may have different problems or difficulties that hinder your performance. We try to find an active solution on how you can overcome such obstacles.

Tools for Recognising Competences

Competence can be recognised in various ways. Usually, at least few different methods are being used at the same time. Means and methods depend on your educational and employment background. Methods are different in for example in engineering and social services.

Below are some examples of the tools that are used in recognising and evaluating competences. There are are also many other tools that can be used for such purposes.

Self-evaluation Your own view of your competence. Self-evaluation can be for instance a form, which you fill in so that you can evaluate the level of your own skills on a scale from 1 to 5. Self-evaluation can also be a text about your own competence, written by you. Self-evaluation is often used as a basis for other methods of evaluation. Self-evaluation is like a mirror which shows your own view on your competence and how you operate in “real-life” situations 
Professional interview/dialogue A conversation between colleagues that seeks to demonstrate how well two people that share the same profession understand each other professionally. This method is often used as a part of an interview. The conversation also shows how fluently the professional terminology is used.

 

Authentic or simulated working You work in an authentic workplace in your own professional field. 
Professional portfolio A collection of work you have done and your own evaluation on how you have succeeded. The portfolio is compact and represents your competence through demonstrations of skill/work samples. The samples can be both from your “real” work and from your study-related work. The portfolio always includes your curriculum vitae (CV). The portfolio is a good method for recognizing competence, if you have a considerable amount of work samples.

 

Written assignment/tasks Are normally directly linked to your own own work tasks. A written task could be for example: tell how the copyrights of the production were handled or make a report of a certain project. Different exam-like tasks are possible too. Those could be for example questions related to safety at work. When recognizing the competence of immigrants, an oral exam could be a better option than a written one.

 

Interaction and team work Good methods for recognizing skills in problem-solving for example by giving participants a task that they need to solve. A part of the same task could be making a presentation about how the solution was reached.

 

Practical work Can be doing something, reading, searching for information, or planning a work task. It can be done alone or in a group. The work can be done under supervision, or independently. Evaluation can also be done in peer groups.
Use of pictures Suits well in situations, where language skills are not needed and professional background is recognized through pictures. In this way, it is possible to proceed to more and more precise pictures about profession. The method can also be used in clarifying the educational background.
Internet-based work and assessment A quick way to recognize competence for example in mapping your digital skills.
Peer evaluation Can be a part of any method of evaluation. In a peer evaluation, peers evaluate each others' input and working methods when doing the same task.
Mind map A mind map is a graphic presentation about a certain subject. A mind map is not a detailed description of everything associated with the subject, but consists of keywords. Based on the keywords, it is possible to evaluate the skills to perceive the subject as a whole. When evaluating a mind map, attention is paid to on how extensively the subject is presented. Mind maps can be combined with other methods of evaluation. 

 

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