Demystifying the latest Artisan Recognition of Prior Learning process

The Artisan Training Institute herewith discusses the latest Artisan Recognition of Prior Learning (ARPL) process as prescribed by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), to assist candidates who wish to follow a career path in artisanal trades such as diesel mechanics, welding, fitting and boiler-making.

Says Gerhardt van der Merwe, Marketing and Sales Manager at ATI: “it appears as if there is still confusion about the new process, so we trust this statement will help clarify and fast-track the process for all individuals who wish to study these trades, as well as companies who wish to send their employees for artisanal training.”

Van der Merwe explains that the usual trade test preparation is no longer sufficient for being admitted for studying the trade of your choice.

The Department of Higher Education and Training now stipulates that all ARPL candidates must also compile a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) that includes a Curriculum Vitae (CV), any other certified supporting documents of qualifications, current and previous employment together with the trade related duties performed.

Photographic proof where applicable and available must also be included.

Candidates who are self-employed must provide proof of trade-related evidence and affidavits that are all signed in the presence of an officer of the law, from clients and a community leader that supports the request for ARPL.

All documents in the PoE must align with the checklist provided by the National Artisan Moderation Body (NAMB). The checklist can be found on the DHET’s website: www.