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This policy governs credit transfer and recognition arrangements.

Responsible Officer: Pro Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Integrity)
Implementation Officer: Pro Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Integrity)

First approved by:
Academic Board on 20 November 2012

Amended on 12 August 2015
(Legislation document link change to Unisol website)

Credit Transfer and Recognition Policy

This policy was approved by Academic Board on 20 November 2012.
This document includes the following legislation:
Statute 5.2 Academic Awards
Regulation 5.2(2) Higher Education Award Courses—General

To govern credit transfer and recognition arrangements.


This applies to Higher Education courses offered by the University.



  • Credit (Specified): credit granted towards particular or specific components of a qualification or program of learning.
  • Credit (Unspecified): credit granted towards elective components of a qualification or program of learning.

Credit Transfer
  • Credit for Prior Learning (CPL): credit granted for relevant prior learning (including formal, informal and non-formal learning).
  • Credit for Concurrent Learning: credit granted for relevant concurrent learning (approved in advance by a Faculty) which, on successful completion, will be credited towards an award of the University,

  • Formal Learning: learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially accredited qualification.
  • Informal Learning: learning gained through work or life experiences.
  • Non-formal Learning: learning that takes place through a structured program of learning but does not lead to an officially accredited qualification.
1The University provides for course credit recognition arrangements that are consistent with the Higher Education Standards Framework qualification standards, and preserve the integrity of the course of study.
2Credit granted towards a course must meet the following requirements set by the Academic Board:
a. Credit granted must be consistent with the requirement that students complete a minimum of one-third of their studies in their current course, or four credit points, whichever is the greater, at Deakin. For Graduate Certificates, a minimum of two Deakin credit points must be completed.
b. Credit is not granted:
      1. provisionally, i.e. on the basis that a student must meet additional requirements:
      2. for learning for which credit has already been granted
      3. for formal learning assessed as a ‘fail’, ‘pass conceded’ or equivalent grade
      4. for formal learning undertaken while the student is excluded from a course at Deakin, except with the prior approval of the relevant Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor
      5. for prior learning acquired more than 10 years before the application for credit — with the approval of Academic Board, Faculties may impose a shorter time limit for some courses to ensure currency of knowledge and skills appropriate to the discipline.
c. Credit may be granted for work experience, or studies undertaken at other institutions concurrently with a Deakin course where approval is given.
d. Specified or unspecified credit may be granted towards a course where a student can demonstrate that they have achieved a level of skill and knowledge equivalent to a component of a course.
3Faculties may make reciprocal agreements with other institutions, with the approval of the Academic Board, to establish standard levels and amounts of credit to be granted for courses or units offered by the Faculty or the other institution. These standards are recorded in the Credit for Prior Learning website.
4The Academic Board is responsible for setting the requirements for course credit transfer and recognition arrangements.
5Faculties are responsible for:
  1. establishing a committee, or assigning the role to an existing committee, to advise Faculty Boards on the application of credit transfer and credit recognition
  2. assessing applications for credit towards a course and ensuring that the criteria applied in assessing an application for credit is no more stringent than the criteria for achieving a ‘Pass’ grade in the relevant component of the course
  3. determining the components of a course for which credit is to be granted
  4. advising students of the outcome of their applications for credit towards a course, as close as possible to the time of application, and advising them that they may request a review of the outcome in accordance with the Student Complaints Resolution Policy and Procedure.
  5. reviewing arrangements for the granting of credit towards courses as part of the annual and major course review processes
  6. maintaining a register of staff who are authorised to determine levels of credit and ensuring that these staff undertake regular training on credit transfer and recognition matters
  7. maintaining the currency and integrity of information in the Credit for Prior Learning website and maintaining records of credit granted to individual students.

Deakin University Credit for Prior Learning website
Higher Education Standards Framework
Student Complaints Resolution Policy
Student Complaints Resolution Procedure

Printed copies of this document may not be current. Please refer to The Guide for the most recent version.
Deakin University 2015