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Application for Course Credit in Recognition of Prior Learning

This form applies to prospect and current domestic and international students requesting course credit in recognition of prior learning from previous study or work and life experience.

This must be completed prior to the census date. No applications will be accepted after the census date. 

Important Information

This form applies to prospective and current students (domestic and international) who request course credit towards a course of study at Macleay College in recognition of prior learning.

It should be read in conjunction with the following policies:

  • Course Credit for RPL Policy

  • Admissions Policies for Domestic and International Students Academic Progression Policy

  • Grievance & Appeals Policy


All documents referenced in this policy can be accessed via the Forms & Policies section at the bottom of the Home Page of the college website and Handbook section of the MyMacleay Student Portal.


International students on a student visa should be aware that receiving course credit for four or more units may affect the duration of their course of study and therefore the length of their student visa. Any changes to the duration of the course of study as a result of course credit will be reported to the Department of Education via PRISMS in accordance with Standard 9 of the National Code 2007. To check the impact this may have on the conditions of a student visa please visit the Department of Home Affairs website at

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (known as RPL) is an assessment process used to determine the extent to which a student has achieved the required learning outcomes of a unit of study to receive credit towards a course of study at Macleay College. Macleay will recognise prior learning for course credit from previous study and work/life experience.

Application Process

A prospective or current student wishing to apply for course credit must submit this ‘Application for Course Credit in Recognition of Prior Learning’. All sections of the application are required to be completed. Applications are not accepted if incomplete or submitted without the required documentary evidence.

Assessment Process

Credit is granted when it is determined that there is the equivalence of discipline, content and learning outcomes between the knowledge and skills gained from prior learning (or experience) and the unit of study at Macleay College for which credit is being sought. In assessing an application for credit, the following factors will be considered when determining equivalency:

  • course and/or unit outcomes

  • volume of learning

  • depth and breadth of course content assessment methods

  • reference and reading materials learning resources and facilities academic results

  • substantiated relevant and current experience


Where course credit is granted, the student will be awarded the grade ‘Advanced Standing’ (AS) and is exempt from attending and completing that particular unit in order to complete the qualification.

The maximum number of units for which exemption may be granted is 50% of the total credit points for the course of study. For more details on the procedure for application and the assessment of applications for credit, see Procedure (pages 4- 6) of the > Course Credit for RPL Policy.

Lodging an Application Form

You can lodge your completed application to the Admissions team via the form on this page.

  • If presenting supporting documentation as copies certified by a Justice of the Peace, applications in recognition of previous study or work/life experience should be submitted at the time of enrolment (or application to study) where possible.

  • Failing this, applications should be made ten days prior to the trimester’s Commencement Date, but no later than five working days before the trimester’s Census Day.

  • Applications received after Census Date will only be considered for the following trimester. Applications to articulate may be submitted in the last trimester of Diploma study and a decision will be made ten working days after the release of final results. Macleay College will sign and return this front instructional sheet as proof of submission.

  • It is recommended that the student take a copy of their Completed Application for their records before submitting an application.

  • Macleay College is not responsible for taking or providing the applicant with a copy at the time of submission.