Community Development


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  Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Pilot Program

The RPL pilot program is a partnership between SAQA and the CDPSC in collaboration with other stakeholders and roll-players, such as relevant SETAs, HEIs, FETCs, public- and private sector entities as well as NGOs. The motivation behind this RPL pilot project is to integrate the learning of persons currently working in the field of community development – as they have knowledge and/or skills from various fields which have not so far been coordinated and integrated professionally due to the absence (until now) of a stand-alone CommDev profession with its own qualification frameworks and career path. Integrated learning could provide these individuals, who come from various backgrounds and disciplines, with a means to move towards a common purpose and/or end result of community professionalisation. The three CommDev qualifications at NQF Levels 4, 5 & 8 are intended to serve the purpose of a single career path mainstreaming in CommDev. It is for this reason that a CommDev RPL model needs to be developed inducted and assessed (i.e. an RPL pilot project) in order to achieve both integrated learning in the field of CommDev and improved and standardised knowledge, skills and attributes for persons in this sector.
Recognition of prior learning can be obtained both in an informal and in a formal manner, which could be at the workplace, in the family, in the community and/or through personal reading. The RPL program could therefore have the following purposes: a) Access - the evaluation of candidates to assess whether they meet the necessary entry requirements; b) Social Justice - RPL is then applied in terms of equity; c) Pedagogy (rather Androgogy - dealing with adults) – as this involves a 'teaching' element; and d) Credit Accumulation – RPL in order for candidates to achieve the required credits for placement within a specific qualification. The RPL process consist of the following six steps: 1) pre-screening of candidates; 2) a discussion based on the pre-screening – with regard to the porfolio development process by the candidate; 3) provision of the exit level outcomes (ELOs) of the relevant qualification in preparation for development of the portfolio of evidence (POE); 4) POE development by the candidate; 5) POE assessment; and 6) either certification, in the case of a full qualification, or credits to enter into a qualification.

Should you wish to apply for RPL in CommDev then please complete the following RPL application form and submit/email/fax it to the CDPSC


RPL Pilot Project Proposal



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