APEL – Accelerated Pathway to Professional Insurance Qualificationsw of January Examination Session
Beginning June 2017, the Malaysian Insurance Institute (MII) expanded its wings to offer an accelerated pathway to professional insurance qualifications through the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) for personnel working in the insurance industry. MII is the first professional body offering such accreditation in Malaysia.
WHAT IS APEL?
Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) is a systematic process that involves the identification, documentation and assessment of prior experiential
APEL provides an opportunity for individuals that working in the industry but qualified in other discipline to pursue a professional insurance qualification.
learning to determine the extent to which an individual has achieved the desired learning outcomes, for access to a programme of study and award of credits.
APEL provides an opportunity for individuals that working in the industry but qualified in other discipline to pursue a professional insurance qualification. In general, knowledge obtained through other formal education and couple with specialised experience to qualified for credit exemption.
APEL can be used as an award of credits for the following levels of qualification:
a) Certification Programme
b) Professional Programme
FROM EXPERIENCE TO PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
APEL is a vehicle for bringing experienced people to pursue academic achievement. It reassures that individuals do not have to start from scratch and that the skills they already have are valuable. The growing body of research on the subject has revealed evidence that APEL has many benefits to various stakeholders – learners, institutions, employers and the nation. If you feel you have covered the content of a subject via your work or life experience, APEL is a way to provide the evidence to show this and to gain credit for it. You will need to establish the learning experience (i.e. what was the experience?) and then identify the learning which has taken place (i.e. what did you learn from your experience?)
PRIOR LEARNING EXAMPLES
Examples of prior learning which have been acquired through formal, nonformal and informal learning includes:
I. Formal learning
Learning which occurs in an organized and structured environment with specific learning objectives and outcomes. This is typically achieved through learning programmes or courses from accredited educational institutions, or certification recognised by a regulatory body or professional organisation. Formal learning usually leads to the award of a formal academic qualification or certification.
II. Informal learning
Learning which is incidental or unintentional. This type of learning is gained through life and work experience. The learner may not recognise at the time of the experience that it contributed to the development of knowledge and skills. Learning from voluntary work, self-directed learning, learning via hobbies, community associations and family responsibilities fall under this category. Other activities include giving talks, facilitating training or seminar, conducting research and writing articles.
III. Non-formal learning
Learning which is intentional, gained through participation in a structured and organized learning environment which may not
APEL plays an important role in meeting individual, societal, and national needs; as an instrument for providing people with access to education, training, and formal qualifications.
typically lead to formal certification. This form of learning usually includes training activities at the workplace, non-credit courses acquired in seminar, or workshops for individual improvement and development
APEL ASSESSMENT PROCESS
APEL is a systematic assessment process which is closely linked to the MII’s programmes and/or its respective subject’s outcomes level. APEL allows an individual to seek recognition against MII’s Professional and Certification programmes and/or its respective subjects by providing evidence of the relevant formal, non-formal and informal learning. In summary, recognising prior learning can make a significant contribution to providing responsive, relevant, and integrated learning, which are all necessary for the ongoing maintenance of a quality workforce in insurance industry specifically. APEL is critical to the development of an open, accessible, inclusive, integrated and relevant education and training system, and is a key foundation for lifelong learning that encourage individuals to participate in learning pathways that include formal, non-formal, and informal learning. APEL plays an important role in meeting individual, societal, and national needs; as an instrument for providing people with access to education, training, and formal qualifications. Widening access to MII through APEL is not about introducing less qualified candidates, but rather about supporting learners with the potential to benefit both themselves and society through participating in professional education.
To register your interest, contact Azean Ariffin (firstname.lastname@example.org), Ashraff Mohd Rasol (email@example.com) and Santhi Mogan (firstname.lastname@example.org).