APEL is Accreditation of Prior Experience Based Learning. It is defined as a systematic process that involves the identification, documentation and evaluation of learning based on previous experiences. APEL provides an opportunity for those who have work experience but lack qualifications or no academic qualifications to continue their studies at Institutions of Higher Education (IPT). In general, the assessment of APEL involves the assessment of knowledge acquired by a person through formal education or through previous experience.
Source: Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA)