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Apply for Credit for Previous Study

Applying for credit for previous study or work experience can help you complete your JCU degree in a shorter timeframe and save on overall course fees.

If you have studied at another university, TAFE, or a private tertiary education provider in Australia or overseas, you may be able to transfer credit to your current degree. Use our credit calculator to view current articulation agreements.

Articulation arrangements

Articulation arrangements are the arrangements which enable students to progress from a recognised academic program to a JCU course with admission and/or credit in a defined pathway.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) refers to the skills and knowledge you've gained through work and life experiences. We can assess your RPL and determine if you are eligible for credit.

For more information, refer to the Credit information provided in our Course and Subject Handbook

Steps to apply

Domestic students

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. If you can’t find any credit listed in the calculator, still apply as we will assess your circumstances individually.

International students

Future international students who are not yet enrolled at JCU should submit a course application. Eligibility to apply for credit will be assessed during the application process.

To help JCU determine what credit you might be entitled to, please provide the following documentation.

Credit for previous study

If transferring credit from another institution, you must provide:

  • A copy of academic transcript/academic record showing course/subjects completed, completion year and grades obtained, details of grading system used and weighting of the course/subject as portion of total program.
  • A copy of the course/subject description including syllabus or Handbook outline.
  • Any other information required by the Academic Division and any other information considered relevant by the Applicant


Must provide hard-copy original transcripts and degree testamurs from previous studies or certified documents.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Please provide the following to support your application for Recognition of Prior Learning:

  • 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 coordinator 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 Learning – WS3503/WS5303 Field Education 1 application form with your application.
  • Bachelor of Education - Submit a completed Recognition of Professional Experience Completed within Pre-Service Teacher Education Programs application form.

Any other information required by the Academic Division and any other information considered relevant by the Applicant.

Bachelor of Social Work / Master of Social Work

Please submit a completed Recognition of Prior Learning form, found on the Social Work Field Placement page, with your application.

Complete the Application for Credit and attach the appropriate supporting documents.

Closing dates

Closing dates for applications are listed under Important Dates.

When will you hear back

We will email your JCU student account with an outcome within 20 University working days of receipt of application.

If you are unsuccessful, you will receive an email informing you of your options.