Accreditation of Prior Experiential learning (APEL) is a relatively new concept in the Malaysian Higher Education system. Originally introduced as Open Entry in 2011 by the Malaysia Qualifications Agency (MQA) which enables individuals with working experience but lack formal academic qualifications to pursue their studies at higher learning institutions, it was later restructured and reintroduced as APEL in 2016. In view to this, the paper reviews literature with regards to APEL and seeks to highlight the formation of APEL and its implementation. It further discusses the two divided categories of APEL namely APEL-A (Admission) and APEL-C (Credits). As MQA has granted approval to only four higher education institutions throughout Malaysia to implement APEL, namely University Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Open University Malaysia (OUM), Wawasan Open University (WOU) and INTI International University, this paper seeks to better introduce APEL and its implementation to relevant stakeholders and potential students based on the perception and experience of two APEL assessors.
Keywords: APEL, MQA, Prior Experiential Learning, APEL Assessors.