for Award of Academic Qualifications

Obtain an academic degree through assessments of your formal, informal and non-formal learning experiences

Gain recognition of your achievements and expertise

APEL.Q promotes lifelong learning by facilitating the recognition of prior experiential learning that is acquired through continuing professional development, formal and non-formal education, and training.

To use your prior experiential learning for enrolment in a fully accredited programme via APEL.Q, you must meet the minimum years of experience stipulated by MQA:

Academic Qualification Minimum Years of Experience
in Relevant Field
MQF Level
Bachelor 15 6
Master 20 7
Doctorate 25 8

APEL.Q Programmes

OUM is one of the six pioneer Higher Education Providers in Malaysia which were appointed by MQA to award academic qualifications through APEL.Q. The University offers APEL.Q for the following programmes:

Coming soon! APEL.Q will be offered for the following programmes:

  • Bachelor of Islamic Studies
  • Master of Early Childhood Education
  • Master of Project Management
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Doctor of Business Administration

APEL.Q in 4 steps

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Self-Assessment Exercise

Formal Application

Assessment Process

Academic Award


Self-Assessment Exercise

Firstly, register your interest to take APEL.Q at the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) website. After that, you will be invited to a briefing by OUM Apel Centre. The briefing will include a guided self-assessment exercise, where an advisor will help you to determine your eligibility to apply for APEL.Q.

Formal Application

If you are eligible for APEL.Q, you will be taken through the formal application process to become an OUM learner. All of the University’s facilities and services will be made available for you to embark on your APEL.Q journey.

Assessment Process

The APEL.Q assessment has four aspects:
  • Portfolio submission
  • FVV
  • Challenge test
  • Capstone courses
APEL.Q assessment is outcome-based, focusing on the body of knowledge and competencies you possess, matching them with the learning outcomes of the programme you are interested in.

Academic Award

When you successfully complete your programme, you will receive a scroll and a transcript, as well as a Malaysian Qualification Statement (MQS) from OUM.

What is your next step?

Contact the OUM APEL Centre directly to learn more about the APEL.Q assessment process.

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Contact APEL Centre or visit any of 35 OUM learning centres across the country.