Credit and prior learning

Get the credit you deserve. Save time and money by checking if your previous work experience or study can be credited towards your ACU degree.

Credited units replace units you would otherwise study, so you can finish your course sooner.

What we mean by recognition of prior learning and credit

If you have already studied at university level or have significant relevant work experience, you might be eligible to have your prior learning recognised.

Prior learning may include:

  • formal learning undertaken at an accredited education provider that leads towards a formal qualification
  • non-formal learning that takes place through a structured program but does not lead to an officially accredited qualification
  • informal learning gained through work, social, family, hobby or leisure activities.

ACU Credit and prior learning

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is the assessment process for matching an applicant’s skills, knowledge and/or experiences to specific requirements.

These requirements can include:

  • admission requirements
  • professional requirements
  • unit learning/competency outcomes
  • course learning/competency outcomes. 


Prior learning can be taken into account when you are applying for a place in a course. Or, you might be able to apply for credit towards your current ACU degree (sometimes known as advanced standing). Credited units replace units you would otherwise study, so you can finish your course sooner.

You can use our credit search to see what credit you might be eligible for.

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How to apply

Once you have accepted your offer and enrolled, you can apply for credit by submitting our application form with your supporting documents.

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Further reading

If you want to find out more about RPL and credit transfer, including regulations and policies, visit the following pages in the ACU handbook:

Academic Regulation Section 5

Recognition of Prior Learning Policy

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You can reach out to us at AskACU if you have any questions about recognition of prior learning or applying for credit.

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