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.

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Articulation arrangements

Articulation arrangements are the arrangements which enable students to progress from a recognised academic program to a James Cook University 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.

Steps to apply

Check your eligibility

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 find that the credit calculator is unable to assist you, please complete an Application for Credit.

Past undergraduate qualifications can be considered in accordance with the Credit and Articulation Policy. For more information, refer to the Credit information provided in our Course and Subject Handbook.

International students

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

Organise your documentation

To help JCU determine what credit you might be entitled to, please provide the following documentation in addition to your Application for Credit.

Credit for previous study

If transferring credit from another institution, you must provide:

  • Scanned original copies of academic transcripts or eQuals
  • Titles of subjects studied, results awarded, and the subject outlines or syllabi from the year studied
  • Students that are transferring credit within James Cook University are not required to provide subject outlines or an academic transcript
  • Students must demonstrate that they have achieved the learning outcomes by aligning subjects on their credit application.


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 JCU.
  • 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 CV is a true and accurate record of your experience.

Bachelor of Social Work / Master of Social Work

Please submit a completed Recognition of Prior Learning – WS3505/WS5303 Field Education 1 (DOCX, 296 KB) with your application.

Bachelor of Education

Please submit a completed Recognition of Professional Experience Completed Within Pre-Service Teacher Education Programs Application Form (PDF, 48 KB) with your application.

Submit 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.

Further information

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