Don’t study to another person’s timetable. If you have the right university, VET or work experience, you can apply for credit transfer or recognition of prior learning (also known as advanced standing) towards a course at ACU.

Get started by following our step-by-step guide.


Apply for credit where it’s due

Read our guide to credit and prior learning

If you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to read our guide on the different types of credit and prior learning before you apply.

You can do this by visiting explaining credit and prior learning.

Explaining credit and prior learning

Fill out application form

You can apply for both recognition of prior learning (RPL) and credit transfer by downloading and filling out our application for credit/recognition of prior learning (CR) form. 

Please note: You can only apply for credit once you have accepted and enrolled in your course.

You’ll need to complete all the relevant sections of the form and attach the required documentation, including certified copies where stated. Please do not supply original documents as they will not be returned to you.

Download the CR: Application for Credit Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) (PDF File, 114.8 KB)

Return form before closing date

Once you’ve completed the form, lodge it along with your supporting documents to your ACU School Office for assessment.

Closing date

You should fill out and submit your CR form at least four weeks before the commencement of the study period that will require the RPL or credit transfer decision.

Otherwise, you should submit the form no later than the census date of the first standard study period of your course enrolment.

Check your email 

As soon as your CR form has been processed, we’ll let you know by sending a notification email to your ACU student email address. 

Make sure you check your inbox regularly.

Are you an international student?

If you’re an international student with previous study or work experience, you may be eligible for credit towards your new ACU course.

You can check if you’re eligible to apply for credit during your enrolment session. Make sure you bring your academic transcript to the session.

To learn more about your enrolment session, visit our offer acceptance page.

Learn how to accept your offer and apply for credit

Further reading

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

Academic Regulation 5.4

Recognition of Prior Learning Policy

Contact us

You can reach out to us at AskACU or student support if you need to get up to speed with credit transfers or recognition of prior learning. We’re on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Email AskACU

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Call us on 1300 275 228.

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Respond to an offer

To apply for credit transfer or recognition of prior learning, you first need to accept your offer and enrol in your chosen course. Here’s how to do it.

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