APL is aimed at experienced adults, who can draw on their own experiences to demonstrate their own understandings. They must be prepared to engage fully in the process, as it can be a demanding as well as a rewarding one.
CAPL has candidates and organisational clients throughout New Zealand and internationally, and provides distance support whenever required.
Many candidates have already worked successfully with CAPL to earn recognition for their knowledge, experience and understanding. Read what some of our graduates have to say about the process.
When Bachelor of Applied Management candidate Murray Hyslop discovered he was to be made redundant from his long-term job, he decided it was time to take stock. He had earned qualifications through fitting and turning trades training, and through the in-house training programmes of his employer, but had nothing that really reflected the management skills and knowledge he had gained in his supervisory positions.
Like many students at Capable NZ, Bachelor of Applied Management candidate Debbie Galdeman approached the organisation as a highly-experienced professional in her field. Her administrative and management skills had been developed as she moved from role to role within a large organisation, earning the respect of her employers and colleagues.
For most students, earning a qualification marks the beginning of a journey. For experienced chef Tim Lynch however, the process of completing a Bachelor in Culinary Arts is allowing him to examine his work to date, and look towards a variety of opportunities in the future.
James had taken the traditional route to become a successful lawyer and law firm partner. He had studied law at Otago, gone into practice, and had worked his way up through a couple of law firms in a couple of cities to become a commercial law partner.
Deb Sutton was working at Mosgiel’s Fisher & Paykel Appliances site as a learning and development adviser, helping others find new work as the company cut jobs, when she found she needed some help herself.
"I learnt everything I know from those I worked with, and over 25 years have seen many systems and fads, but have always held onto the basic principle of making strangers welcome, and their time in my accommodation and restaurant enjoyable."
Career advisors or practitioners work with all kinds of clients and draw upon all kinds of information to help them. Formal training has not always been required to work in this varied field. Now, as in so many professions, that is changing and having a relevant qualification is becoming increasingly important. Some find this a burden; others have found that, through the APL process, it has been an encouraging and liberating experience.
Teacher, Māori studies lecturer, mother, researcher, snooker champion...Kate’s hugely diverse interests and responsibilities all display her zest for life and learning.
"Unpacking and repacking a lifetime of work was a challenging and insightful experience. I rediscovered things I knew; I learned research skills, technology skills and discipline and most importantly I have learned that I love learning."
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