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Accredited Prior Learning

British Canoeing recognises that many aspirant coaches, leaders and providers and those wishing to transfer from other award systems or other countries may bring relevant experiences and qualifications to their role from other sports, countries and learning opportunities, and offers an Accredited Prior Learning (APL) service.

Accredited Prior Learning Service

The APL service will consider other, nationally recognised, professional awards and will recognise training and assessment schemes other than its own where they are identifiable as being of equal or higher standard. 

British Canoeing members can submit their application using the Membership Portal and should read the Accredited Prior Learning Guidance Notes prior to submission. 

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The application form must provide clear evidence of attainment and professional assessment of the skills contained within the award against which APL is sought. 

Details of two Referees are required for all applications.  Referees will be contacted in the majority of cases due to the practical nature of our awards. 

The following video provides guidance of how to submit your application using the Membership Portal

Please note, the submission guidance is for British Canoeing English members.


The APL Applications are reviewed on an individual basis and decisions made based on the evidence supplied. The applicant will be notified in writing of the result.

Where the application provides sufficient verifiable evidence to show prior learning at or above the relevant level, APL may be awarded. Where there is insufficient evidence to support equivalency the application APL will be declined.

The APL process does not award certificates. Where an applicant wishes to achieve an award they may be granted APL for the training but will need to complete the assessment in order to obtain certification.

Non-Members Application

There is an Administration Fee of £25 for non-members which is payable on submission of the application form. This fee is non-refundable for unsuccessful applications. Non-members should complete the Accredited Prior Learning Application Form and email or post applications to the address on the form. 

Appeals Procedure

An applicant may appeal the decision following the submission of an application. In such cases, a written appeal should be forwarded to your Home Nation APL Coordinator, with a fee of £50. If the appeal is upheld, the fee will be refunded. British Canoeing members should email or post applications to APL Coordinator, British Canoeing, National Water Sports Centre, Adbolton Lane, Holme Pierrepont, Nottinghamshire, NG12 2LU.

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Recognised Alternatives

Please see the British Canoeing Awarding Body website for the Canoeing Ireland Equivalence Document and the Safety Awards Equivalency Document.