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Recognition as an APL provider

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If you run an educational institution or knowledge centre in the Netherlands, you can apply for registration as a provider of Accreditation of Prior Learning (Erkenning Verworven Competenties, EVC). After registration you can become a recognised APL-provider.

Proof of experience

An experience certificate or Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is not a diploma. It is proof of the knowledge and experience (both life and work experience) of an employee.

APL provider

As an APL provider you assess the knowledge, life and work experience of an employee. You describe these competences in an experience certificate. This is called APL procedure (EVC-procedure) or APL trajectory (EVC-traject). Employers can apply for an APL procedure for their employee, but employees themselves can apply as well.

APL recognition

To become a recognised APL provider, you will need to work according the APL Quality Code 2.0. For this your institution needs to be assessed by an organisation (in Dutch) that is certified by the National APL Knowledge Center (in Dutch). If they issue a positive assessment, you can send it to the Knowledge Center. They will subsequently list your institution in the APL register (in Dutch).

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