Also known as ‘advanced standing’, academic credit can be granted for:

  • Relevant study experience
  • Relevant work or life experience

You'll need to complete an application form for for academic credit or recognition of prior learning (RPL). If you’re granted credit for previous relevant study or experience, you may be able to finish your program sooner!

Need help or advice?

Our team at studentHQ is here to help with any questions you may have about getting credit for your studies or experience. 

Higher education and UniLink students

Higher education students can apply by submitting our online application form. Please read the form to check what documentation you need to upload with your application. We respond to online applications within five business days.

You can still apply for credit once you have received your VTAC or direct offer, but you'll need to submit your application by the correct cut-off dates.

Higher education students must submit their applications by the end of the first week of their course start date.

Vocational education students

If you’re a vocational education student, you can apply for academic credit by submitting the Advanced standing credit transfer form [PDF 60KB] in person or by post to studentHQ

How much credit can you expect?

We assess your application carefully. We base your amount of credit on:

  1. the type of study you have completed

  2. how many units you've completed

  3. the relevance to the course at Swinburne you are applying for.


Have relevant work or life experience? 

If you have gained extensive and relevant knowledge through formal training or acquired relevant skills through work or through life experience, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning (RPL).

Higher education students

To apply for recognition of prior learning download the application guidelines [PDF 140KB] then submit the apply for advanced standing credits or higher education recognition of prior learning (RPL) form. 

The application guidelines specify the documents that higher education students need to submit. We will only accept original or certified documentation. We will send you an email notification once we've assessed your application

Vocational education students

If you are thinking about applying for recognition of prior learning please book a one-on-one appointment with your course coordinator or, if you are new to Swinburne, please submit an enquiry and one of our friendly staff members will respond to you.

Note: Fees will apply if you decide to proceed with your RPL application following your one-on-one appointment.

Are you a current Swinburne student? 

If you're currently studying at Swinburne and want to transfer from one related course to another, we will automatically credit units from your old course to your new one.

For example, if you're undertaking a graduate diploma and then wish to undertake a masters degree in the same discipline, the units you completed as part of your graduate diploma will be automatically credited towards your masters. Easy.

Our academic credit policy

Our academic credit policy describes the requirements and principles that govern how we assess your academic credit application.

Are you an international student?

Additions or variations to granted academic credit (exemptions) may impact your student visa. Check with our International Student Adviser team by calling +61 3 9214 6741 or emailing isa@swinburne.edu.au to discuss your situation.

Alternatively, you can meet an adviser in person from 9am–5pm, Monday to Friday, on the ground floor of the AMDC Building (Room AMDC106), located at 477 Burwood Road, Hawthorn.

Ready to apply for academic credit or RPL?

Apply for academic credit or RPL to gain credit for your prior study or experience.

Apply now