Take credit for your life’s experiences. Learn about the different types of credit and prior learning (also known as advanced standing) you could be eligible for, then find out how to apply once you’ve enrolled at ACU.
Prior learning, sometimes known as advanced standing, can be categorised into two categories: formal and non-formal.
Formal learning is structured learning or experience, such as previous accredited university or vocational study.
It is credit you have already achieved that may be eligible to be transferred to your ACU studies.
Non-formal learning is unstructured learning or experience, such as non-accredited study or work experience.
Your level of non-formal learning may be assessed using a process called recognition of prior learning.
Credit transfer is the transferring of completed studies from another university or accredited education institution, such as a VET or TAFE provider, to your new course at ACU. It is also known as ‘articulation’.
Credit may be in the form of any one or more of the following:
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:
RPL is different from credit transfer, which strictly refers to completed study.
Credit may be granted towards a program or course at ACU for:
In education, articulation is when one education provider aligns its courses or requirements with studies completed at a different provider.
If you completed coursework at another VET or TAFE provider and want to credit these towards a course with us, you are articulating to ACU.
To learn more and access our articulation database, visit our vocational education and training pathways page.
If you’re confident you’re eligible for either recognition of prior learning (RPL) or credit transfer, you can get your application underway by visiting how to apply.
Remember, you need to have accepted and enrolled in your ACU course before you can apply for credit.
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.
If you want to read more about RPL and credit transfer, including regulations and policies, visit the following pages in the ACU handbook:
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.
Call us on 1300 275 228.
Unsure about the difference between advanced standing and recognition of prior learning? We’ve put together a glossary to explain our technical admission terms in plain English.Read our glossary
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