Accredited Prior Learning – APL

An application for Accreditation of Prior Learning can:

  • Consider other nationally and internationally recognised professional awards.
  • Recognise training and assessment schemes other than British Canoeing’s.

APL can allow you to access your development pathway at the most appropriate point to you.

We recognise that in some instances aspirant coaches or coaches progressing to new qualifications will have prior experience that may enable them to progress to a higher level with holding all of the stated prerequisites.

If you feel you have experience that can be accredited as prior experience refer to the Accredited Prior Learning (APL) notes below. APL is used mainly to allow coaches access to a British Canoeing training or assessment course where the do not hold the specific prerequisite for that award or role but hold something else equitable. APL cannot be used to gain an award without successfully completing an assessment.

The APL Service is free to members, £25 for non-members, and will consider other nationally recognised, professional awards, where they are identifiable as being of equal or higher standard.

The APL process has been reviewed and we now offer a more streamlined and efficient process, so candidates should receive a quicker response and can progress their coaching qualifications. There will no longer be monthly meetings of a UK panel, each National Association will make a decision based on the evidence supplied.

How to apply:

To apply for APL please complete and submit the application. Click here for Application Form.

Your application form must provide clear description of what you want to achieve and how you have met those learnings in your other development.

You will need to provide the details of two Referees.  At least one of your referees should hold the Provider Role for the Qualification you wish to gain so they are able to provide a technical reference.

Your second referee can be a technical or a professional, for example a college or a manager.

Completed application forms should either be sent to The Canoe Association of Northern Ireland, Head of Operations, Belfast Boat Club, 12 Lockview Road, Belfast, BT9 5FJ. Or emailed to

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