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Recognition of Prior Learning


Looking at your prior beauty and spa learning for credit against our courses

You may feel you have prior learning you want us to consider when you apply for a beauty course with us. This process is called Recognition of Prior Learning, and the three different processes are named Assessment of Prior Learning, Credit Transfer, and Cross Crediting. To see which one matches your situation the best, please select from the following choices:

Assessment of Prior Learning

Assessment of Prior Learning Policy

Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) determines your knowledge and / or skills you have gained through informal training or without a certificate through an assessment or series of assessments to determine the level and depth of your knowledge and / or skills against our standards.

If you believe you have gained training informally or without a certificate to the same level and depth as a course in a programme you are applying for, you can apply for Assessment of Prior Learning.

You must apply for Assessment of Prior Learning during the application stage of your enrolment with us. We need to complete APL prior to your full enrolment.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is when we recognise and credit your prior training or learning towards our programme you are enrolling in.

Recognition of Prior Learning is completed after the interview stage but before the offer of enrolment stage of your enrolment with us. Please note you may need to still attend and sit-in on classes you have RPL for.

This varies from programme to programme and course to course, as some assessments straddle more than one course. Please speak to the Principal about this matter.

The minimum Recognition of Prior Learning we can give you is at the course level.

The maximum Recognition of Prior Learning we can give you varies from programme to programme.

This varies from programme to programme and course to course, dependent on whether you are attending the Recognition of Prior Learning course(s) or not, et cetera. Please speak to the Student Liaison Officer about this matter.

Yes. Students who are undertaking the full programme take enrolment priority over Recognition of Prior Learning students in some circumstances. Please speak to the Student Liaison Officer about this matter.

Our international governing bodies may not let you sit their qualifying examinations if you did not complete your training with us or with an approved provider.

Application Procedure for Assessment of Prior Learning

  1. Find out which course or courses you believe you have knowledge and / or skills that you gained through informal training or without a certificate.
    • A course is defined as a full unit with performance criteria, which, when combined with other courses, creates a programme and leads to a qualification. For example, the Skin Care and Eye Treatments course is one of several courses creating the Diploma in Beauty Therapy programme.
  1. Apply for Assessment of Prior Learning using the Application for Credit Towards a NaSA Programme Form downloadable from our Web site.
    • You need to submit your Assessment of Prior Learning application with your normal Application Form.
    • You must complete Assessment of Prior Learning before you enrol with us.
    • We may charge you a fee for each assessment. See www.nasa.co.nz/fees/.
    • You must pay your APL fees (not your programme fees) prior to us assessing you.
  1. Once we receive your Assessment of Prior Learning application and fees, we will contact you to arrange your Assessment of Prior Learning.
  1. We will confirm an assessment timetable with you in writing.
  1. You arrive to perform the assessment at the scheduled time.
    • If you are undertaking a practical Assessment of Prior Learning, you will need to supply a model and supplies. The assessor will discuss this with you prior to the assessment being booked.
  1. Our assessor will outline your assessment and the timing of the assessment.
  1. Our assessor will assess your performance and / or knowledge against the performance criteria outlined in our course. Our assessor uses this information in judging your competency.
  1. Our assessor compiles evidence regarding your competency. Once our assessor has a clear-cut judgement, we will confirm your final marks.
  1. We will confirm your marks for the course assessed against and will send your results.
  1. If you are successful in Assessment of Prior Learning, we will then offer you Recognition of Prior Learning. You are then able to enrol in the programme once we issue the offer of enrolment to you.

Your Recognition of Prior Learning results are only good for a programme until such time as that programme changes or the end of the academic school year, whichever comes first.

If you believe you are eligible for assessment of prior learning, you can download the Application for Credit Towards a NaSA Programme Form on our Downloads page.

There is a maximum amount of credits allowed to be transferred in recognising your prior learning.

Credit Transfer

Credit Transfer Policy

Credit Transfer (CT) determines your knowledge and / or skills you have gained through successfully completing formal training from another recognised training provider through either transcripts or an assessment or series of assessments to determine the level and depth of your knowledge and / or skills against our standards, and this formal training nearly or completely aligns with our training.

If you believe you have successfully completed formal training from another recognised training provider to the same level and depth as a course in a programme you are applying for, you can apply for Credit Transfer.

You must apply for Credit Transfer during the application stage of your enrolment with us. We need to complete Credit Transfer prior to your full enrolment.

Yes. Please see www.nasa.co.nz/fees/ for more information.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is when we recognise and credit your prior training or learning towards our programme you are enrolling in.

Recognition of Prior Learning is completed after the interview stage but before the offer of enrolment stage of your enrolment with us. Please note you may need to still attend and sit-in on classes you have RPL for.

This varies from programme to programme and course to course, as some assessments straddle more than one course. Please speak to the Principal about this matter.

The minimum Recognition of Prior Learning we can give you is at the course level.

The maximum Recognition of Prior Learning we can give you varies from programme to programme.

This varies from programme to programme and course to course, dependent on whether you are attending the Recognition of Prior Learning course(s) or not, et cetera. Please speak to the Student Liaison Officer about this matter.

Yes. Students who are undertaking the full programme take enrolment priority over Recognition of Prior Learning students in some circumstances. Please speak to the Student Liaison Officer about this matter.

Our international governing bodies may not let you sit their qualifying examinations if you did not complete your training with us or with an approved provider.

Examples of Credit Transfer

Example 1 of Credit Transfer

  • Jane successfully completed a qualification with ABC School of Beauty Therapy (London), an ITEC-approved provider, that included ITEC Unit 11 (Manicure and Pedicure) 3 years ago.
  • She now is applying to study the Diploma in Beauty Therapy and Applied Aesthetics at the National School of Aesthetics.
  • She wishes to have this prior learning count towards her study so she doesn’t have to repeat it.
  • Jane would employ the Credit Transfer Procedure as the unit she has learned is the same as employed by ITEC and NaSA.
  • In this case, ITEC Unit 11 meets the Manicure and Pedicure course requirements in the Diploma in Beauty Therapy and Applied Aesthetics; Jane most likely will not have to sit any assessment to ensure she meets the criteria.

Example 2 of Credit Transfer

  • Jane successfully completed a qualification at XYZ Training Academy that included a unit in Manicure and Pedicure.
  • She now is applying to study the Diploma in Beauty Therapy and Applied Aesthetics at the National School of Aesthetics.
  • XYZ Training Academy does not use ITEC, CIBTAC or CIDESCO but is approved by the English government as a registered provider.
  • She wishes to have this prior learning credited towards her study so she doesn’t have to repeat it.
  • Jane would employ the Credit Transfer Procedure as the unit she has learned is not the same as NaSA’s Manicure and Pedicure course or the units employed by ITEC.
  • In this case, NaSA’s Manicure and Pedicure course requirements or standards may not match XYZ’s requirements or standards, so Jane will most likely have to sit both a practical and theory assessment at NaSA to ensure she meets NaSA’s criteria.

Application Procedure for Credit Transfer

  1. Find out which course or courses you believe you have knowledge and / or skills that you gained through formal training through another recognised training provider.
    • A course is defined as a full unit with performance criteria, which, when combined with other courses, creates a programme and leads to a qualification. For example, the Skin Care and Eye Treatments course is one of several courses creating the Diploma in Beauty Therapy programme.
  1. Apply for Credit Transfer using the Application for Credit Towards a NaSA Programme Form downloadable from our Web site.
    • You need to submit your Credit Transfer application with your normal Application Form.
    • You must complete Credit Transfer before you enrol with us.
    • We may charge you a fee for each assessment. See www.nasa.co.nz/fees/.
    • You must pay your Credit Transfer fees (not your programme fees) prior to us assessing you.
  1. Once we receive your Credit Transfer application and fees, we will contact you to arrange your Assessment of Prior Learning.
    • If we determine assessment is not required, you can progress to step 9.
  1. We will confirm an assessment timetable with you in writing.
  1. You arrive to perform the assessment at the scheduled time.
    • If you are undertaking a practical Assessment of Prior Learning, you will need to supply a model and supplies. The assessor will discuss this with you prior to the assessment being booked.
  1. Our assessor will outline your assessment and the timing of the assessment.
  1. Our assessor will assess your performance and / or knowledge against the performance criteria outlined in our course. Our assessor uses this information in judging your competency.
  1. Our assessor compiles evidence regarding your competency. Once our assessor has a clear-cut judgement, we will confirm your final marks.
  1. We will confirm your marks for the course assessed against and will send your results.
  1. If you are successful in Credit Transfer, we will then offer you Recognition of Prior Learning. You are then able to enrol in the programme once we issue the offer of enrolment to you.

Your Recognition of Prior Learning results are only good for a programme until such time as that programme changes or the end of the academic school year, whichever comes first.

Cross Crediting

Cross Crediting (CC) determines your knowledge and / or skills you have gained through formal training you have successfully completed with us 5 years ago or less. (Exceptions may occur to the 5 year limit.)

If you successfully completed formal training with us, you can apply for Cross Crediting. If you are known to us, you may automatically be granted Cross Crediting.

You must apply for Cross Crediting during the application stage of your enrolment with us. We need to complete Cross Crediting prior to your full enrolment.

No in most cases where you have completed training with us in the last 5 years.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is when we recognise and credit your prior training or learning towards our programme you are enrolling in.

Recognition of Prior Learning is completed after the interview stage but before the offer of enrolment stage of your enrolment with us. Please note you may need to still attend and sit-in on classes you have RPL for.

This varies from programme to programme and course to course, as some assessments straddle more than one course. Please speak to the Principal about this matter.

The minimum Recognition of Prior Learning we can give you is at the course level.

The maximum Recognition of Prior Learning we can give you varies from programme to programme.

This varies from programme to programme and course to course, dependent on whether you are attending the Recognition of Prior Learning course(s) or not, et cetera. Please speak to the Student Liaison Officer about this matter.

Yes. Students who are undertaking the full programme take enrolment priority over Recognition of Prior Learning students in some circumstances. Please speak to the Student Liaison Officer about this matter.

Our international governing bodies may not let you sit their qualifying examinations if you did not complete your training with us or with an approved provider.

Example of Cross-Crediting

  • Jane successfully completed the National School of Aesthetics Certificate in Nail Technology with the Manicure and Pedicure course in it.
  • She now is applying to study the Diploma in Beauty Therapy and Applied Aesthetics.
  • She wishes to have this prior learning count towards her study to avoid repeating it.
  • Jane would employ the Cross Crediting Procedure as the course is the same for both programmes.

Your Recognition of Prior Learning results are only good for a programme until such time as that programme changes or the end of the academic school year, whichever comes first.

Maximum Credits Allowed in Recognising Your Prior Learning

The maximum credits we will generally credit you with if your application is successful are:

Programme Maximum Credits
Certificate in Aesthetics 9
Certificate in Electrology 20
Certificate in Nail Technology 9
Certificate in Physiatrics 20
Diploma in Beauty Therapy 20
Diploma in Spa Therapies
156 credit version
20

We reserve the right to alter these maxima where the Board approves it (per application).

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