Credit for prior learning (CPL)
Whether you've studied before or been in the workforce, you can use your learning qualifications and experience to gain credit towards your Deakin degree – saving time and money.
What is credit for prior learning?
To qualify for a degree, you must complete a certain number of credit points (each subject you study has a credit point value). For example, a Bachelor of Arts degree requires the successful completion of 24 credit points. Credit for prior learning (CPL) is the recognition of previous study or experience, reducing the number of subjects/units you need to study at Deakin, allowing you to complete your course earlier. There are various forms of prior learning: formal learning (accredited qualifications), non-formal and informal (non-accredited learning or work experience). Please see the credit for prior learning application form for further information.
Types of Credit
- Specified credit may be granted for a specific Deakin unit where studies are deemed to be comparable to that of a Deakin unit.
- Unspecified credit may only be granted towards an elective unit(s) within a Deakin course, where no comparable Deakin unit(s) exists and where course rules state that unspecified credit can be granted.
Can I receive credit for my qualification?
Deakin considers qualifications for credit from many learning institutions worldwide, many of which Deakin has formal credit arrangements with, including TAFEs. Find out more about TAFE pathways.
To see how much credit you may be eligible for, select your institution and course:
If you can't find your learning institution in the database, don't worry! Your course may still be eligible for credit, so include it in your application.
How do I apply?
We recommend that you submit your CPL application form (PDF, 190.8 KB) at the same as your course application. You can apply for credit any time through the faculty course adviser relevant to your area of study. Find out more about applying to study at Deakin.
Note: If you intend to apply for CPL, please speak with your faculty course adviser prior to enrolling in the unit.
What do I need to include?
You will need to provide the following documents with your CPL application form:
- A certified copy of your academic transcript, including a key to results (an official explanation of various grades and results)
- An extract from your previous institution's handbook showing details of course structure and credit point weightings
- A unit outline/syllabus (in English) from your previous institution for any units for which specific credit is sought, including assessment requirements and credit point weighting of units, assessment requirements for those units and details of textbooks and references.
If you are applying for CPL based on informal or non-formal learning, you will need to provide a written case supported by evidence. Your written case should demonstrate that you have achieved a level of skill and knowledge sufficient to achieve a 'Pass' grade in the relevant component/s of the course and/or you can demonstrate that you have maintained involvement in the subject area. Contact the unit chair(s) to obtain a detailed description of the unit including content, reading guides and assessment, or access the Unit Guide.
How is CPL assessed?
A committee from the relevant faculty for your area of study will review your application. This committee will generally consider qualifications completed within the last 10 years. If your qualifications are more than 10 years old, you can still submit an application if you can demonstrate your maintained involvement in the subject area. Please note faculties may impose a shorter time limit for some courses to ensure currency of knowledge and skills.
Once your application for CPL has been assessed, the outcome is viewable via Deakin Sync or Student Connect. A student adviser from your faculty will be available for course planning advice incorporating any awarded credits. Once approved, you will need to make any necessary adjustments to your enrolment via Student Connect.
What if I don't agree with the assessment?
What else do I need to know?
- It's required that you complete at least one-third of your chosen course at Deakin. If you're undertaking a certificate, including graduate certificates, at least half the course must be completed at Deakin.
- Deakin will provide credit for overseas qualifications where these have been benchmarked against a comparable Australian qualification at the relevant level. Deakin University refers to the information and guidelines provided by the Australian Government's National Office for Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) for advice on the comparability of overseas qualification with Australian qualifications.
- International students must fulfil the requirements of their student visa, even if CPL is granted by Deakin.
- Centrelink benefits may be affected if your study load becomes part-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.
- Please see Deakin's Credit Transfer and Recognition Policy for further information.