Recognition of prior learning

You can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).

RPL, formerly known as advanced standing or credit transfer, includes formal learning (accredited qualifications) and non-formal and informal learning (non-accredited learning or work experience).

How to apply for RPL

Applying for RPL is simple, and you can submit your application while applying for a course.

To receive RPL credit, you’ll need to demonstrate that you’ve achieved learning outcomes equivalent to learning outcomes in the course or units you’re applying for. Learning outcomes may include skills, knowledge and experience.

Your application will be assessed if your qualifications were completed within the last 10 years.

Current Deakin students

Complete the online RPL application form to apply. If you’ve already enrolled in your course, you can apply for credit up until the end of the second week of classes for units you're enrolled in.

While applying, there will be an opportunity to upload key documents such as:

  • a certified copy of your academic transcript, with a key to results
  • details of course structure and credit point weightings from your previous course
  • a unit outline or syllabus including assessment requirements, credit point weighting of units and details of textbooks and references

Future students

Submit your RPL application while applying for your course in Deakin's applicant portal. You’ll be prompted to let us know if you’re applying for RPL, and you can have your RPL application assessed one of two ways:

  • General credit – tick ‘Yes’ in the RPL section of the applicant portal to have your application assessed for general credit.
  • Credit for specific units – to have specific units from your previous course assessed, complete and submit the RPL application form (available in the applicant portal) at the same time as your course application.

While applying, there will be an opportunity to upload key documents such as:

  • a certified copy of your academic transcript, with a key to results
  • details of course structure and credit point weightings from your previous institution’s handbook or website
  • a unit outline or syllabus including assessment requirements, credit point weighting of units and details of textbooks and references

If you're offered admission into a course at Deakin, your credit entitlement will be confirmed with your offer, or as soon as possible afterwards.

If you’ve already applied for your course and are waiting on the outcome of your application, you can still apply for RPL by completing the RPL form and submitting it to submit-docs@deakin.edu.au.

Browse our how to apply pages for step-by-step instructions on course applications.

Can I receive recognition of previous qualifications or experience?

We'll consider all university, TAFE and private tertiary education provider qualifications from Australia and around the world for RPL. We also consider any other previous study, work experience and relevant life experience.

Transferring to Deakin from another education provider

Has your study experience fallen short of where you thought it would be? Transfer to Deakin to discover why our students are the most satisfied university students in Victoria*. Plus, we can recognise the units you've already completed.

Learn more about transferring to Deakin

Understanding RPL

An introduction to understanding and applying for recognition of prior learning at Deakin University.

RPL calculator

Use the calculator below to discover what you may be able to gain credit for. Please note you may need to disable Chrome Autofill to be able to select from the Check your country field.

  1. If your country isn't listed here, it means that we don't have any current information available for institutions/qualifications from that country. You may still receive credit for previous study, and we will review your study history at the point of admission. Please contact us directly to learn if you qualify.
  2. If your institution isn't displayed, it means that we don't have any current information available for that institution. You may still receive credit for previous study, and we will review your study history at the point of admission. Please contact us directly to learn if you qualify.
  3. Credit arrangements have been established for the following courses. If your course isn't displayed, please check your units below to find any specific matches.
  4. Check your previously completed units against our credit database. Please note that credit isn't granted for 'fail', 'pass conceded' or equivalent grades. To check, enter the unit code or unit name. You can enter as many units as you like by selecting 'add another unit'.


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Types of recognition

Specified credit

Recognition for a specific Deakin unit (when previous studies are comparable to that of the Deakin unit).

Unspecified credit

Recognition for an elective unit within a Deakin course (when no comparable Deakin unit exists and where course rules state that unspecified recognition can be granted).

International students

Filling out the RPL online application is only necessary for domestic students.

International students can request a RPL assessment by indicating this on the international on-campus application for undergraduate and postgraduate study form.

Learn more about on-campus applications for international students

Other factors to keep in mind

  • Deakin will provide credit for overseas qualifications when they're benchmarked against relevant Australian qualifications.
  • International students must fulfill the requirements of their student visa, even if RPL is granted. Speak with an international student adviser to discuss how RPL may affect your visa.
  • Centrelink benefits may be affected if your study load becomes part time. Speak to a student adviser about maintaining a full-time load.
  • Check with your relevant professional association to see if receiving RPL may affect your recognition (and note that credit may not be available for courses that require accreditation).
  • Note that even if you're eligible for RPL, you'll still need to meet the entry requirements for the course you're applying for.

Read Deakin's Recognition of prior learning policy for more information

Deakin Webinar Series: How to apply for recognition of prior learning

Find out how to apply for RPL and how you can use it to fast track your degree and reduce your tuition fees.

*Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2019 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)

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