Credit for prior learning

Your previous studies and experience can lead to credit in your Deakin course. CPL can save you time and money and increase your educational choices.

How much credit can I get for prior studies?

To find out what credit you may be eligible for, search our Credit for Prior Learning Database. This database currently shows details for courses and institutions with which Deakin has formal arrangements for CPL.

Credit for significant work experience

You can also apply for CPL if you have significant work experience in your chosen area of study.

Can't find your university in the database?

If you can't see your previous institution or course in the list you may still be eligible for credit. Submit an application with relevant information.

Switching from TAFE to Deakin

If you have a TAFE qualification and want to make the switch from TAFE to Deakin University, see how to apply for admission to Deakin, and alternative pathways to Deakin.

How do I apply?

You can apply for credit for prior learning at any time through your faculty course adviser, but we recommend you submit your CPL application (PDF, 190.8 KB) at the same time (or soon after) as your course application.

If you applied direct to Deakin using the applicant portal you can submit your application online and the system will pass it on for you.

Alternatively you can submit your application to your Faculty.

What to include with your application

Include the following documents with your application for CPL:

  • certified copies of academic transcripts for the course for which you are seeking credit. Do not send original documents as they will not able to be returned
  • a short key to help explain the results in your academic transcripts
  • entry requirements for the course for which you are seeking credit
  • an extract from the handbook of the previous institution showing details of the course structure, credit point or equivalent weighting, unit syllabuses for any units for which credit is sought, showing assessment requirements for those units and details of text books and references

You may also have to provide a resume or personal statement.

Additional requirements

Depending on your chosen course, there may be additional requirements for entry, even if you are eligible for credit for prior learning. Please ensure you check these before applying.
The following may be listed as a course requirement for non-Year 12 applicants:

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
The STAT is an aptitude test designed to assess a range of competencies commonly considered important for success in tertiary study. There are two types of STAT tests, however Deakin only requires applicants to sit the STAT: Multiple Choice, a 2 hour test of 70 questions. If required, you will need to book for the STAT via VTAC.

Australian Law Schools Entrance Test (ALSET)
The ALSET is compulsory for most non-Year 12 applicants applying for entry in any of Deakin's undergraduate law programs. It is an aptitude test given to appraise your ability to think critically about issues and understand the material given. The questions are based on a wide range of law related stimulus materials. If you are unsure whether or not you need to sit the ALSET, please contact us on 03 5227 1277.
If required, book for the ALSET via VTAC.

VTAC Personal Statement
The VTAC Personal Statement provides non-Year 12 applicants with an opportunity to bring to the attention of selection officers (who will have access to your completed form during selection) any relevant factors or circumstances that cannot be included in the application itself. Access it online via VTAC once you have registered and submitted your course application.

How is CPL assessed?

Your application for credit for prior learning is reviewed by a committee of the faculty in which you want to enrol. The faculty can only make a complete assessment when you have provided all the required documentation.

Faculties generally only consider qualifications completed within the last 10 years. If your qualifications are more than 10 years old, you may still submit an application for evaluation if you can provide evidence that you have maintained involvement in the subject area.

Faculties may impose a shorter time limit for some courses to ensure currency of knowledge and skills. How will this affect me?

Note the following conditions for students receiving CPL:

  • You must complete at least one-third of their chosen course at Deakin. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, at least half the course must be completed at Deakin.
  • If you are an international student, you must fulfil the requirements of your student visa, even if CPL is granted by Deakin.
  • Centrelink benefits can be affected if your study load reduces from full time. Speak to a faculty course adviser to discuss options to maintain a full-time load.
  • Recognition by some professional associations or bodies may be affected by receiving CPL. For example, some professional bodies may require you to complete all of your studies in Australia. Please check with the relevant organisation for clarification.

Applying for courses

How to apply for admission to Deakin

Credit transfer and Recognition policy

For definitions of Credit for Prior Learning view Deakin's Credit Transfer and Recognition policy.

TAFE Pathways

TAFE Pathways provide a great route into degree level study. For further information, please contact or call 1300 DEGREE (1300 334 733).

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