There are three parties in the APEL procedure:
APPLICANT - ADVISER - ASSESSOR
In the procedure of application for accreditation of prior and experiential learning each of the parties has specific tasks which include certain steps.
- Compare your prior learning with the curriculum you want to complete. If necessary, you can get a transcript of the courses completed at TalTech from the dean's office.
- Check the learning outcomes of the courses from the study information system ÕIS. The learning outcomes indicate the knowledge and skills, which the person who has completed the course should have acquired.
- The knowledge and skills acquired must correspond to all the learning outcomes of the course in the curriculum.
- If you find (a) course(s) in your curriculum, the learning outcomes of which you think you have acquired previously in the framework of a completed course, prior professional experience or continuing education, you can apply for recognition of the course(s) in the framework of APEL.
- It is paramount that the content of prior learning corresponds to the content of the course in the curriculum!
Check the courses and learning outcomes of the curricula in the TalTech study information system ois2.ttu.ee.
In order to provide evidence of professional experience and independent studies you should always write a thorough self-analysis, for which it is recommended to use the STARR method. Read through the Procedure and Terms and Conditions for APEL (incl. about study load, fees, deadlines) before applying.
For information about APEL contact an APEL adviser, who will explain the procedure of application, the potential bottlenecks and will provide advice on how the prior learning fits into the context of the curriculum.
You can read about the general principles of APEL from the Guide to Applicants.
- A student shall submit an APEL application in the study information system ÕIS, non-students shall submit an application on paper.
- The following evidence shall be attached to the application:
- prior learning – the diploma supplement, academic transcript, diploma (in case of an educational institution located abroad also the written statement of the Estonian ENIC-NARIC), content descriptions of the courses, learning outcomes;
- continuing education – course diplomas and certificates, content descriptions, programmes, agendas of the courses, etc.;
- professional experience – self-analysis of the experience acquired, a job description, certification from the institution, a portfolio, examples of completed works, CV etc.;
- combined recognition – depending on the specific experience, relevant evidence of knowledge and skills acquired from continuing education and/or formal education courses (see above);
Depending on the specific application and experience, other relevant evidence may be added.
NB! The originals and copies of documents shall be submitted to the APEL adviser of the dean's office of the School within 14 calendar days from the date of submission of the application. If necessary, translations of the foreign-language documents shall be submitted. The adviser shall contact the applicant if the application form is filled in incorrectly or the documents are incomplete.
- You can submit an application throughout the academic year.
- If a fee is charged for assessment of an application, the documents will be forwarded for assessment after the invoice has been paid. See APEL fees
- The APEL adviser forwards the application, evidence and confirmation of payment of the invoice to the assessor, who shall review the application within 30 calendar days.
- If necessary, the assessor may request the applicant to submit additional documents, invite the applicant to an interview, request him or her to take a test, etc..
- It is assessed whether the prior learning corresponds to the learning outcomes of the relevant course(s) of the curriculum. It is important to bear this in mind when writing self-analysis on prior learning.
- The applicant will be notified of the assessment decision within 14 calendar days from the date on which the decision is made.
- If the assessment decision is positive, the adviser shall make the corresponding entry in the student's records in the study information system ÕIS.
- In case of formal education courses completed previously, the original performance (including the relevant educational institution and credit points) shall be indicated in the study information system ÕIS; it will be later reflected in the academic transcript.
- In case of applications concerning continuing education, professional experience and combined recognition, the course in the curriculum shall be indicated in the study information system ÕIS and the result shall be marked as "passed".
- For the recognition of learning gained from continuing education or professional experience in order to complete an optional study module, you have to find a course with the corresponding learning outcomes from the Taltech course listing.
- A graduation thesis or final examination cannot be recognised in the framework of APEL.
- The total workload of bachelor's and master's studies shall be the minimum of 300 ECTS credits, the workload of doctoral studies shall be the minimum of 540 ECTS credits. This sets restrictions to transfer of courses if there are less ECTS credits.
- The credits taken into account in the framework of APEL shall not be counted toward completion of semester load! Only the courses passed after last matriculation shall be counted toward completion of the load.
- The formal education courses passed at a higher education institution abroad shall be marked on the diploma supplement as "passed".