How to apply for credit

If you are ready to apply for credit, select your application method using the information below.

Type of previous study or learning What this means Application you need to submit

Formal learning

Note: formal learning that is more than 10 years old and has been deemed non-equivalent can be used in support of an RPL application for a vocational education program.

You completed part, or all, of an accredited qualification.

Example: You completed a course in a bachelor degree program offered by another university or registered training organisation

All RMIT programs

Vocational education programs (certificates and diplomas)

Non-formal learning

Your learning was through a structured program that was not part of an accredited qualification

Example: You completed a professional development program offered by your employer.

Higher education programs (degrees)

Vocational education programs (certificates and diplomas)

Informal learning

Your learning was acquired through work or life experience.

Example: You acquired skills through your job or volunteering.

Higher education programs (degrees) Vocational education programs (certificates and diplomas)

Accreditation from professional body

You completed an accredited qualification but have not been practicing recently or your accreditation has expired.

Example: you are a qualified nurse who hasn’t practiced for some years, or you are a plumber whose license has expired.

Apply for Recognition of current competency (RCC) by contacting the RMIT school that runs programs/courses in the relevant interest area, for example Nursing or Plumbing.

FAQs before you apply

Credit transfer is where we assess your previous formal study and, if you can demonstrate you meet the learning outcomes for some of your RMIT courses, then we ‘transfer the credit’ from your previous study to your RMIT course/s.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is where we formally assess your previous work and life experiences, along with any formal, informal or non formal learning, and determine whether this could be worth credit in lieu of study. This means you don’t have to spend time learning things you already know.

Recognition of current competency (RCC) is where we assess your previously completed accredited qualification in circumstances where it may have expired or where you have not been practicing.

Credit transfer

Credit is available to current RMIT students. If you have completed any formal study before you commenced your RMIT program, you may be able to apply for credit transfer. For vocational education students, the pre-training review process will help you determine if credit transfer could suit your circumstances

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

All current RMIT students can apply for RPL. For vocational education students, the pre-training review process will help you determine if RPL is suitable for your circumstances.

Recognition of current competency (RCC)

Anyone who has previously successfully completed the requirements for a unit of competency or module and is now required to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained. Fees apply for RCC assessments.

Credit transfer

Applications for credit transfer should be made as early as possible - preferably before the first day of teaching in your first semester. If you submit your application late, there is no guarantee that it will be assessed before census date.

If you are undertaking a Higher Degree by Research program, you should submit your credit transfer application at least 20 working days before the first teaching day of the course for which you are seeking credit.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Applications for RPL should be made as early as possible preferably before the first day of teaching in your first semester.

Recognition of current competency (RCC)

You can apply at any time.

The advantages of applying for credit transfer or RPL are that if successful you will be granted credit towards your RMIT program, which can:

  • reduce the length and cost of your studies, and
  • ensure your learning is not duplicated.

Credit transfer

There is no cost when applying for credit transfer.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

There is no cost for higher education students applying for RPL.

Recognition of current competency (RCC)

Costs will be determined on a per case basis.

Research programs

Only the coursework aspects of research programs are eligible for credit. There is no limit to the number of courses for which you can receive credit.

Higher education programs

The amount of credit you can receive is based on your program. To be eligible to graduate you must successfully complete at least 96 credit points - or 50% of your program - whichever is less.

Vocational education programs

There are no maximum limits on the amount of credit you can receive as a vocational education student. You may be able to have a complete qualification recognised. Credit transfer is only available for the same or equivalent competencies. RPL may be used where competencies are not identical or equivalent and you have demonstrated the learning outcomes.

If any of your supporting documentation is in a language other than English, you must supply an English translation by a NAATI-accredited translator.

Credit transfer

Documentation must relate to courses that were successfully passed within the last 10 years as credit can only be granted for courses passed within the last 10 years.

If your previous study was at RMIT University then supporting documents are not required.

If your previous study was undertaken with RMIT Training or at another institution you must submit documentation, which could include:

  • a certified copy of an Academic Transcript with final grades
  • a certified copy of a Statement of Attainment
  • an explanation of the grading scheme
  • course outlines detailing content, learning outcomes and assessment requirements.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

You need to provide the RPL assessor with enough information so that they can assess your competency in the learning area. 

Recognition of current competency (RCC)

This will be will be determined on a per case basis.

Credit transfer and Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Your application is assessed based on the courses in your current program and the supporting documentation you have provided. The assessor will determine if your previous study is relevant, equivalent to current knowledge/practices, and satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the RMIT course.

For higher education programs you cannot seek credit transfer on the basis of study completed more than 10 years before the date of your credit transfer application. If this applies to you consider using an RPL application.

For vocational education programs equivalency is determined by the Training Package.

Once the assessment is complete, your school/college will email the outcome of your application to your RMIT student email account.

If you do not wish to accept any of the credit offered to you by your school /college you must notify them via return email within 10 working days of the outcome being sent to you.

Recognition of current competency (RCC)

This will be will be determined on a per case basis.

Enrolment

You are responsible for managing your enrolment. If you are granted credit for a specific course you must withdraw from it before the relevant census date or you will be liable for fees incurred. 

Visa compliance for international students at Melbourne campuses

If you are an international student studying at Melbourne you are required to complete your study within the program duration (ESOS Act 2000) as stated on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). You are required to maintain a full-time enrolment to ensure this is possible. If you are granted credit transfer or RPL this could change your expected program duration. It is very important that you contact your RMIT Program Coordinator/Manager if you think the time you need to complete your program will change as a shorter program duration could affect your student visa expiry date.

Centrelink benefits

If you are receiving a benefit from Centrelink this could be affected if your study load changes due to an approved credit or RPL application. 

Yes, provided your Program Coordinator/Manager has agreed to this before your enrolment at the other institution. If you have not obtained agreement from your Program Coordinator/Manager before enrolling in your other course at another institution then you may not be granted credit for this concurrent study.

Note: OUA courses offered in Study Period 3 in your final year cannot be applied as credit for graduating RMIT Bachelor degree students.

 

FAQs if your application is successful

How can I check if I have credit?

To check your academic record and view your credit login to myRMIT, select the link to Enrolment Online, then select Academic History. It may take 5-10 days from the date of your approval email for your credit to appear.

How will credit appear on my transcript?

If credit transfer is granted you will receive specified, unspecified or block credit.

RPL can only be granted for specific courses and their learning outcomes and will be shown as specified credit with either an AL or and RLG grade.

Specified credit applies towards a specific course in your program structure.

Example: if a course you completed at another institution is equivalent to an RMIT course you will be granted specified credit for that course.

Course ID

Course name

Unit

Mark

Grade

2010 MKTG1025

Marketing Principles

12

**

EX

Unspecified credit can be used for elective course/s in your program and notes that your previous learning is not equivalent to an RMIT course in your program structure but the assessor deems it acceptable as an elective. Unspecified credit is shown with an EXTL or AICT course code.

Course ID

Course name

Unit

Mark

Grade

2010    EXTL1049

Approved Studies 1

12

**

EX

Block credit applies when you have entered your program via a pathway or with another relevant qualification. Block credit can consist of specified and unspecified credit and is designed to ensure that you do not duplicate the learning of your previous qualification. Block credit can have an EX or BX grade.

Course ID

Course name

Unit

Mark

Grade

2010   
MKTG1025
ACCT1046
EXTL1049


Marketing Principles
Introductory Accounting
Approved Studies 1


12
12
24


**
**
**


BX
BX
BX

Can I appeal?

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of your credit or RPL application you may seek a review of the decision within five days of the outcome email being sent.

If you are still dissatisfied you can appeal the decision by completing the Appeal against recognition of prior learning, recognition of current competency and credit transfer College Appeal Committee application (PDF 277kb 2p). This must be submitted within 20 working days from you receiving the outcome of your credit application.

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