Recognition of Prior Learning (Credit)

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Applying for Recognition of Prior Learning

Students may be granted credit for recognition of prior learning (RPL) based on appropriate evidence of formal, informal or non-formal learning based on the Admission, Enrolment and Recognition of Prior Learning Policy, visit the Policy page for more.

Any RPL granted must ensure that the integrity of the course and qualification are maintained so that any graduate from a course who has received RPL can be relied upon to have achieved the course learning outcomes in the same way as graduates who did not receive RPL. If a student is successfully granted RPL, the Recognition of Prior Learning Procedure provides further detail about how applications may be made and are assessed. 


ACAP maintains a public register of established College articulations and credit transfer precedents. Successfully completing the requirement of a listed articulation or credit transfer arrangement may result in admission and/or transfer in a defined qualification pathway. Current arrangements are provided below.




Applications must be submitted via the Recognition of Prior Learning Form and required supporting documentation must be attached based on the type of learning your application is based on:

  • formal learning: transcripts of awards or parts thereof completed in the past 10 years;
  • informal and non-formal learning: a portfolio of relevant work completed in the past 3 to 5 years (see section 3.7 of the Recognition of Prior Learning Procedure)

Application Process

important information

Each Higher Education course has a maximum percentage of units for which a student is able to apply for credit (see section 3.2 of the Recognition of Prior Learning Procedure). 


Some specific units are not available for credit or have additional specific requirements as a result of professional body accreditation requirements. These are listed in the relevant course page. You should contact your course coordinator in the first instance if you have queries.


For Masters students, credit will only be granted for units completed at the same level of study (that is, at Master level) or extensive (15 years +) work experience in the field.


International students are also able to apply for credit, however, if credit is granted, and as a result the course duration is shortened, their student visa may be affected. Variations in course duration must be reported by ACAP to the relevant government authorities. For questions, please contact [email protected].


Students are able to apply for credit at any time unless they have completed the unit or are enrolled in the unit at census date. Students who are enrolled in a unit at census date are liable for all fees and must meet all academic requirements to pass the unit. Check the academic calendar for census dates.

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