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Applying for credit for prior learning

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Credit is the recognition of previous study or learning that can be counted towards a qualification. This can reduce the number of units required to complete a course of study.

Types of learning

Different types of learning are assessed for equivalency to Monash study or to the prerequisite qualification for admission to a course. These are:

Formal learning that takes place through a structured program of learning and assessment that leads to the full or partial attainment of a recognised qualification.

Non-formal learning that takes place through a structured program of learning but does not lead to an officially accredited qualification.

Informal learning gained through work-related, social, family, hobby or leisure activities and experiences. Unlike formal and non-formal learning, informal learning is not organised or externally structured in terms of objectives, time or learning support.

Credit processes

You can get credit for previous study or learning through one or more of the following processes:

A credit transfer provides you with agreed and consistent credit outcomes for components of a qualification. This is based on equivalence in content and learning outcomes between matched qualifications.

Articulation enables you to progress from one completed qualification to another with admission and or credit in a defined pathway.

Recognition of prior learning involves assessment of your relevant prior learning to determine the credit outcomes of your application for credit.

Credit search

You can use the online credit search to see some outcomes of previous credit applications at Monash. Please note that the system is a guide only.

How to apply

The managing faculty will assess your credit application. Check Find a course if you are unsure who this is.

Supporting documents

If you studied at a university other than Monash, and are seeking a credit assessment, you must provide all of the following documents relating to your previous course:

  • an academic transcript (original or certified copy)
  • an explanation of what the results mean (usually found on the back of the transcript)
  • an extract from the handbook, detailing the course structure and credit points (or equivalent weighting of the course)
  • a unit syllabus including the assessment requirements for each unit you're seeking credit for.

Closing dates

Semester one - 6 March
Semester two - 31 July

Faculty credit information

Read the faculty-specific credit information pages for details available to specific courses:

Notification and outcomes

You will receive credit toward a specific Monash course. If you want to transfer to a different course, you must reapply for credit towards the new course.

We will assess your application within:

  • 10 working days for formal learning applications
  • 20 working days for non-formal and informal learning applications.

Longer periods may apply during peak admission and enrolment times. The faculty will notify all students of the outcome of their credit application by email.

International students must reply to authorise acceptance of the credit. You may choose not to receive some or all of the credit you are offered.

Types of credit

Block credit

Granted toward whole stages or components of a qualification, block credit does not involve individual student assessment. It's usually arranged through a credit transfer or articulation agreement with another education provider.

Block credit is given for a whole section of a course (e.g. a semester or a year of full-time study) rather than for specific units.

Specified credit

Specified credit is granted toward core or particular components in a qualification, identified by the Monash unit code.

Unspecified credit

Unspecified credit is granted toward components in a qualification where the Monash unit code is not specified. Credit is given for the credit point value and level of a Monash unit.

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