Open University Malaysia (OUM) was the first private institution of higher education to be granted approval by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) to implement the Open Entry System in Malaysia in 2006. The Centre for Assessment of Prior Learning (CAPL) was established in the following year to cater to initiatives relating to prior learning recognition. It focuses specifically on the quality of assessment, processes and services relating to Flexible Entry and Accreditation of Prior Experiental Learning (myAPEL) at OUM. In 2015, CAPL was upgraded to the Institute for Learning Recognition & Accreditation (ILRA) to resume a wider role of providing recognition and accreditation to adult learning. This includes facilitating admission and the award of credits through formal and experiential learning.
At present, OUM is appointed by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) as the partner University in the implementation of APEL in Malaysia. It also plays an active role in the development of APEL policies in Malaysia.