Prior Learning and Validation

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) in general

RPL is recognition of a person’s accumulated competences (knowledge and experience) regardless of how, when and where it has been acquired. (UHR’s definition in SOU 2018:29)  If an applicant lacks formal competences (competences from an established organization such as an education institution, a public authority or a trade organization, certificates or a professional status qualification) RPL is still a possibility.

Validation in engineering programmes

If you lack the formal qualifications to start an engineering programme, you can have your prior learning assessed in order to still begin or shorten your studies.
Along with Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Borås, the Royal Institute of Technology has been tasked by the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR) with developing a sustainable model for validation of prior learning in engineering programmes.

Application for an assessment and recognition of RPL

It is required to have a current application at

The application for an assessment of prior learning shall be submitted together with documentation to prove the same by the application deadline in the current application round. No later deadline for receipt of supporting documentation regarding prior learning is applied. The application for RPL will be mapped towards the alternatives submitted via The application must include the supporting documents/evidence provided by the applicant to support the claim for competences against a given set of standards or learning outcomes.*  Relevant knowledge and experiences acquired from work life, working experiences in associations, longer periods of time abroad or studies from different courses can be assessed.The application must must also be supported by a letter explaining in what way the applicant fulfills the prerequisites for a certain programme/course. This letter of motivation should if possible, be supported by relevant certificates, grades or other merits.
*) Learning outcomes relevant to match the learning outcomes of the specific course requirements for a specific programme at Chalmers.


No assessment of prior learning can be done when submitting a late application to Chalmers (in those caseswhere application is open after the ordinary application time in an application round). Late applications for RPL will be deleted.

Language Skills will not be assessed by Chalmers. The applicant must use recognised language tests or the other options listed by to fulfill the language proficiency.


The applicant is advised to contact the Study and Career Guidance at Chalmers well in advance before the application deadline.
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Page manager Published: Wed 18 Nov 2020.