APEL – Ac­cel­er­ated Path­way to Pro­fes­sional In­surance Qual­i­fi­ca­tionsw of Jan­uary Ex­am­i­na­tion Ses­sion

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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 (azean@mii.org.my), Ashraff Mohd Ra­sol (ashraff.ra­sol@mii.org.my) and San­thi Mo­gan (san­thi@mii.org.my).

FOR­MAL LEARN­ING

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