Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Nova Scotia will continue to eliminate barriers for ECEs who are interested in the RPL process by helping to reduce the cost of the RPL process.
Recognized Prior Learning (RPL) is the process used to identify, document, assess and recognize existing skills and knowledge.
Recognition is the process by which a person’s existing skills and knowledge, regardless of how they have been acquired, are credited towards the achievement of units of competency for various qualifications, certifications, or accredited courses. Completion of the RPL is not an ECE diploma.

How much does RPL cost?

The total cost, including application, exam and interview fees are $3,050.95. EECD is providing $744 for the first 60 applicants annually, bringing the cost to $2,306.95.

The program is expensive, and I am not able to pay for this program. Are there supports available to cover the cost of the program?

Yes. to help reduce the cost to participate, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is pleased to provide funds to cover part of the application/eligibility assessment and exam fees to reduce the overall costs by $744 for the first 60 applicants of 2020-21 and 2021-22.

Applicants must be currently working in regulated child care or Family Home Day Care, licensed by the Province of Nova Scotia or a Pre-primary Program.

Additionally, Labour and Advanced Education has provided funding to Opportunity Place Career Resource Centre to launch a new outreach and connection program – the Pathways to Prosperity Project – that supports qualifying ECEs to successfully complete the RPL program.

The Pathways to Prosperity Project provides financial support, and essential training and skill development customized to the RPL program.

For more information, contact the Pathways to Prosperity project coordinator by email at

How can I apply for RPL?

Information about the program, including how to apply, can be found online here:

How long will this program continue to be supported by the department?

The RPL program is one of the many ways that EECD is committed to supporting the workforce now and in the future. We will continue to examine all our initiatives and ensure they are meeting the needs of ECEs.