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Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) provides an alternative pathway for adults who lack formal education to leverage their experience for career development. Through APEL, they can gain access to undergraduate or postgraduate programmes (APEL.A), or to shorten their study duration (APEL.C). The systematic process identifies, documents, and assesses prior experiential learning from the aspects of knowledge, skills, and attitudes. This determines the extent to which an individual has achieved the desired learning outcomes, for their goal of accessing a programme of study and/or award of credits.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning for Credit Award (APEL.C)

APEL.C is the award of credits for prior experiential learning towards a module in an accredited programme. The credit award is granted on the basis of the knowledge and skills acquired through informal and non-formal learning. The maximum percentage of credit transfer is 30% of the minimum graduating credits.




Master of Management
Master of Business Administration
Master of International Hospitality Management
Master of Communication
Master of Laws
Master of Laws in Healthcare and Medical Law
Master of Teaching and Learning / Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning
Master of Applied Computing



Students must achieve at least 50% of each module learning outcome for the Challenge Test OR Portfolio Assessment (refer to Glossary) to satisfy the requirement of being granted an APEL.C award.


  • Malaysians & Non-Malaysians
  • Applicants who are registered students of Taylor’s in the applicable programme
  • Applicants with relevant informal and/or non-formal learning experience in the module(s) applied for APEL.C award



1) Should I apply for APEL.C?

I. I want to obtain formal recognition for my prior learning.

II. I possess the relevant skills, knowledge, and prior learning for a module that forms part of my programme.

III. I can demonstrate evidence of my prior learning.

If you answered ‘yes’ to at least one of these statements, contact us to find out how to put your experience to work!

2) Why should I apply for APEL.C at Taylor’s University?

As one of the World’s Top 1% Universities, Asia’s Top 50, and Southeast Asia’s No. 1 Private University (QS World & Asia University Rankings 2023), Taylor’s University is home to high-quality teaching expertise and a global industry network, which are vital for your professional development.

The university is among the Top 20 in the World for Employment Rate (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022), demonstrating the strong recognition of a qualification from Taylor’s in the eyes of employers. Taylor’s University is also certified as a Higher Education Provider to award APEL.C by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

3) What is the age limit to apply for APEL.C?

There is no age requirement or limit to apply.

4) What is the maximum percentage of credit transfer allowed?

The maximum percentage of credit transfer is 30% of the minimum graduating credits. This percentage is in addition to the credit transfer provision, i.e. 30% based on the existing formal credit transfer policy.

5) Is APEL.C applicable for all modules?

According to the Guidelines to Good Practices: Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning for Credit Award issued by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), APEL.C is applicable for all modules (including internship), except for final-year project-based modules and dissertations. At Taylor’s, currently APEL.C is applicable for selected programme modules. View the list of modules listed above or get in touch with us for more info.

6) How is APEL.C assessed?

The assessment depends on the experiential learning accumulated by the student over the years. Methods of assessment that can be used are the Challenge Test or Portfolio Submission.

7) What is the difference between the Challenge Test and Portfolio Submission?

The Challenge Test is a proctored standard test to assess if you have achieved the module learning outcomes. It can be in the form of a written test, oral examination and/or performance assessment, depending on the nature and discipline of the module, as well as individual module learning outcome.

The Portfolio Submission requires you to prepare a compilation document of previous experience including formal, informal and non-formal learning. The portfolio must be prepared in such a way that it allows you to demonstrate that the learning acquired is relevant.

8) When can I submit a formal application?

You may apply for APEL.C any time after you have enrolled as a Taylor’s student and accepted the offer. However, you are advised to submit the APEL.C application before or during the first semester of study. Kindly take note that APEL.C application is open in January, April, July, and October. Please refer to the APEL Unit for the submission deadline.

9) Can I get any refund if my assessment is not successful?

No, all fees paid are non-refundable.

10) Will APEL.C credit transfer contribute to my CGPA?

No. The credit award (without any grades) will appear in the transcript of the student as ‘CT(APEL)’.

For more information, download our detailed FAQ and Guide to help you to kickstart the journey:


Application Fees

RM 250


Credit Transfer (Exemption) Fee

RM 500


Total Fees per module 

RM 750

Appeal Fees

RM 250

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Fees will be reviewed annually. For the avoidance of doubt, Taylor’s reserves the right to revise the fee payable for any given semester.


* A non-refundable application fee of RM250 per module is required for the processing of all applications. 


* The Credit Transfer (Exemption) fee of RM500 will only be charged upon passing the APEL.C assessment.