Applying for Credit

Students Enrolment Applying for Credit

Previous study or work experience can go towards credit points for your new degree at James Cook University. Completing your degree in a shorter amount of time and save on overall course fees, so applying for credit is definitely worth exploring.

Options for credit

We will assess your application for credit if you:

  • Have studied at another university, TAFE or a private tertiary education provider from Australia or from around the world.
  • Have relevant work and life experience for Recognised Prior Learning (RPL).

In addition, JCU has formal credit articulation arrangements with other institutions.

Credit for previous study

If you have completed subjects at another institution or as part of a different degree at James Cook University (JCU), you may be able to transfer credit to your current degree. Receiving credit for your previous study will prevent the unnecessary duplication of study and can save time and expense.

Articulation agreements

An articulation agreement is an agreement that JCU has with another educational provider.

Use our credit calculator to see what articulation agreements we have listed on our website.

Recognised Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is about the skills and knowledge you've gained through work and life experiences. At JCU, we can assess your RPL and determine if you are eligible for credit.

Course transfers

If you have started in a course and have now decided that this course is not for you, you can apply to transfer to another course at JCU (provided the course requirements have been met). You may also be able to transfer some or all of the subjects over to your new course.

How to apply for credit

1. Find out if you are eligible

International: If you are a future international student, not yet enrolled at JCU. Complete the Application for Admission to JCU form and your eligibility for credit will be assessed from there.

Domestic: Use our credit calculator to find out what credit you may be able to transfer from previous study (at another institution or another JCU course) to your current course. Note: For past undergraduate qualifications to be considered, the degree usually has to have been completed within the previous 10 years. This can, however, vary by Award. Refer to our Course Handbook for more information.

If you find that the credit calculator is unable to assist you contact us for assistance.

2. Documents you need

To help us determine what credit you might be entitled to, provide us with the following documentation in addition to your application for credit:

Credit for previous studies

If transferring credit from another institution: you must provide certified copies of academic transcripts. They will need to include the titles of subjects studied and results awarded. You’ll also need to include the subject outlines. If transferring credit from JCU, list your previous subjects in the application form.

Recognition of Prior Learning - work experience

  • Certificates of competency or attendance from industry recognised courses
  • Observation of workplace skills and practice by a qualified observer designated by the university
  • Completion of some or all of the assessment requirements (or equivalent) as may be specified by the co-ordinator of the subject for which credit is sought
  • Fully documented portfolio of work completed while practising in industry. The authenticity of all work must be certified in writing by a supervisor or by the person/s responsible for commissioning the work
  • A comprehensive curriculum vitae (CV) accompanied by a statutory declaration stating that the information contained in the curriculum vitae is a true and accurate record of your experience.
  • Bachelor of Social Work and Masters of Social Work - Submit a completed Recognition of Prior Professional for Field Social Work application form (DOCX, 296 KB) with your application.
  • Bachelor of Education - Submit a completed Recognition of Professional Experience Completed Within Pre-Service Teacher Education Programs application form (PDF, 48 KB).

Articulation agreements

  • You will need to provide JCU a copy of your academic transcript and the agreed credit will be applied to your course.
  • Use our credit calculator to find what articulation agreements we have available.
  • Recognition of Professional Experience Completed Within Pre-Service Teacher Education Programs application form

3. Apply for credit

Once you have submitted your application to start studying at JCU you can then apply for credit.

It is very important that you lodge your application for credit as soon as possible.

Complete the Application for Credit (PDF, 165 KB) and attach the appropriate supporting documents.

4. Application assessment

Your application for credit will be assessed and you will receive an outcome within 3 weeks.

If you have already applied and been accepted into your course, we will notify you by email when your credit transfer has been processed.

If you have not yet applied to study at JCU, we will email you the outcome of your credit application.

More information

For further support contact our Student Centres:

Student Centre Townsville

Student Centre Cairns