There is a growing realisation of the importance of self-betterment and lifelong learning, with many working adults being eager to continue their formal education within institutions of higher learning. Now there is a way to leverage the years of experience that you may have amassed, that is evident within your knowledge, skills and competencies, and expedite completion of a university-level program of study

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning for Credit Award (APEL(C)) is a Ministry of Education initiative that allows UOW Malaysia KDU students to gain credit for courses in a program if they are able to demonstrate the competencies matching the learning outcomes of a course(s). This can significantly shorten the duration of your studies at UOW Malaysia KDU.

The APEL(C) process assesses, recognises and awards credits for an individual’s prior experiential learning gained either through formal, non-formal or informal means by determining the extent to which the learner has achieved the required learning / competency outcomes for award of credit for a particular course.

If successful, students will be able to reduce the duration and cost of the program.

What are the benefits of APEL (C)?

Benefits of APEL(C) include:

  1. Recognise learning acquired through work experience, short courses attended or self-learning;
  2. Reduce redundant learning for students;
  3. Encourage admission of adult learners to higher education programs; and
  4. Reduce cost and time to complete study.

What is Prior Learning?

Apart from the conventional and formal classroom environment, learning can occur almost anywhere, in both informal or non-formal settings.

Non-formal learning

Non-formal learning is intentional and may be conducted in a structured and organised environment. This form of learning may not necessarily lead to a formal certification. Examples of non-formal learning include training, short courses, seminars, events that the applicant has attended.

Informal learning

Informal learning refers to the knowledge and skills acquired by the applicant based on his/her individual learning initiative. Sources of informal learning may include work and life experiences, as well as other activities such as reading, community work, hobbies, etc.

How do we Determine the Academic Value of Prior Learning?

There is a formal process instituted to determine the credit that may be assigned from prior experiential learning. The credit awarded is granted based upon an assessment of the knowledge and skills acquired, no matter how that learning occurred. The process determines if learning has in fact occurred and is in line with the learning outcomes of the course(s) concerned. It is the learning and not the experience of the learners which is being evaluated.

APEL for Credits Assessment


The assessment of prior experiential learning for the purpose of APEL(C) will encompass the alignment of the experiential learning acquired by learners with the learning outcomes of a course within an existing program. The assessment also considers if the learning is aligned with the credit value of the course and level of the program.

For the APEL(C) assessment, learners can opt to undertake either a Challenge Test and/or submission of a Portfolio, depending on the nature of the course and upon advice by the appointed APEL(C) Advisor.

APEL(C) Process

Before a learner decides to submit an application for APEL(C), the learner must know and understand each stage of the APEL(C) process and have realistic expectations of the possible outcomes of the application. All the general enquiries pertaining to APEL(C) shall be directed to the APEL(C) Centre/Unit.

If the learner decides to proceed with the APEL(C) application, UOW Malaysia KDU shall render appropriate support through an appointed Advisor. The Advisor will advise the learner on the appropriate mode of assessment to be undertaken for the APEL(C) application

The application process will require the applicant to complete a self-assessment exercise. Based on the self-assessment form and the report submitted, the Advisor will determine the learner’s eligibility and make an appropriate recommendation. Where the Advisor believes that the application is unlikely to succeed, the learner will be advised accordingly and the application process will cease. Otherwise, the application will proceed to step 2.

For the APEL(C) assessment, learners can opt to undertake either a Challenge Test and/or submission of Portfolio depending on the nature of the course and upon advice by the appointed APEL(C) Advisor.

To satisfy the requirement of credit awards, the learner must be able to demonstrate an achievement of at least 50% of each Course Learning Outcome.

If the learner is successful in the APEL(C) assessment, the learner will be awarded with a Credit Transfer grade for the respective course.

Frequently Asked Questions


Am I eligible for APEL(C)?
APEL(C) is available to:

  • Malaysian & international students
  • Students registered with UOW Malaysia KDU
  • regardless of mode of entry (formal / APEL(A)).
  • Postgraduate programs:- limited to only courses in programs conducted via coursework and mixed modes.

Should I apply for APEL(C)?

  • Do I want my prior learning to be recognised?
  • Do I have the skills, knowledge, and prior learning relevant to a university course?
  • Do I have evidence to support my prior learning?

If your answers are YES to any one of the above questions, then you should apply for APEL(C).

How to apply for APEL(C)?

  • Come drop by the APEL Centre for more information

Where can I obtain more information?

Information on APEL(C) can be obtained from the following official website:


Person to contact
Utropolis Glenmarie Campus George Town & Batu Kawan Campuses
Mr Gabriel Lau
Tel: +603 5565 0530
Ms Melissa Moey Yoke Cheng
Tel: +604 238 6251