About APEL

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How APEL was formed

Our background

The Centre for Assessment of Prior Learning (CAPL) was established in 2007; a year after the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) introduced the Open Entry Admission System in 2006. The open entry system introduced was able to pave the way for greater access into lifelong learning opportunities. The motion was in line with the Strategic Plan of Higher Education 2007-2010, which focused on the development of human capital. Open University Malaysia (OUM) was the first ODL institution that was given the mandate to implement this system in the country. Through open entry, individuals who did not meet the conventional entry requirements could leverage on their work experience to gain admission in OUM. CAPL was then upgraded to Institute for Learning Recognition & Accreditation (ILRA) in 2015.

Due to the increasing number of enrolment through open entry, MQA decided to introduce the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) mechanism in Malaysia in 2016. APEL is defined as a systematic process that involves the identification, documentation and assessment of prior experiential learning, i.e., knowledge, skills and attitudes, to determine the extent to which an individual has achieved the desired learning outcomes, for access to a programme of study and/or award of credits. 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.



The year 2020 is such a special one for us Malaysians. Since 1991, we have eagerly awaited the realisation of Vision 2020, but alas, this was not meant to be. A bitter pill it may be to swallow, but together we need to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and start again. At OUM, we welcome 2020 as a year that will also mark a new beginning for the University. To everyone out there, my advice for the year is to change your mind-set. Problems and challenges will always be part of the human condition. Do not look at them as stumbling blocks, but instead as life’s way to teach us to be better people. Even a fictional character like Captain Jack Sparrow could recognise that “the problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.” I wish everyone a wonderful year and fruitful studies ahead. Happy exploring APEL website!

Our focuses

Functions of APEL Centre

  1. 01

    Contribute towards APEL brand enhancement

  2. 02

    Implement APEL A and APEL C processes effectively and efficiently

  3. 03

    Develop the capacity of assessors for APEL A and APEL C through relevant training

  4. 04

    Enhance the assessment instruments used in recognising prior learning

  5. 05

    Conduct research on APEL


Milestones of APEL



Open Entry Admission System was introduced to the country.

Experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer.

Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture