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Credit for recognized learning (CRL)

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning, which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

How it’s assessed

CRL is assessed on individual merit and is awarded for different types of learning, for example, studies you have previously completed or for relevant work experience. To be eligible for CRL for Curtin units, you must demonstrate you have achieved the learning outcomes of those units.

CRL can be assessed as part of your course application and noted in your course offer. Alternatively, you can submit an application for CRL after you have received your course offer. The outcome of your application will be communicated to you via Curtin’s Official Communication Channel, or via email if you’re an OUA student.

Your application must be submitted by the Friday of the first week of the semester or study period.

Things to consider

  • CRL can be considered for successfully completed units, courses and relevant work experience you have undertaken in the previous 10 years. This time-frame may be shorter where professional accreditation standards must be met, or where there have been significant changes in your field of study.
  • Units studied at undergraduate level are not typically considered for CRL at postgraduate level.
  • CRL will usually be considered for all Australian and overseas qualifications above Australian Qualification Framework diploma level or equivalent.
  • Certificate IV qualifications will be considered for enabling or bridging courses only.
  • You must complete either one third or 200 credits of a Curtin course.

More information about the policies and procedures related to CRL assessment and appealing a CRL assessment outcome can be found in the Credit for Recognised Learning manual [.pdf 236kB].