Swinburne accreditation placements

We have a long-standing relationship with some of the top organisations in the country that welcome Swinburne students in every year.

Study areas with mandatory accreditation placements include: 

  • Education
  • Engineering 
  • Health
  • Law

Some professional experiences or clinical placements are credited to your degree, others not, but all are compulsory.

Katrina who studied a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business completed her placement at the Coroners Court of Victoria.

Duration of accreditation placements

The length of an accreditation placement varies according to the requirements of the profession. 

The current requirements are:

  • Education: 80 professional experience days in undergraduate (Bachelor) degrees and no fewer than 60 professional experience days in graduate (Master) degrees.
  • Engineering: 12-weeks (minimum) of approved experience (paid or unpaid) in an engineering environment.
  • Health: Accreditation placement durations vary from 140 - 1,600 hours depending on your course.
  • Law: three 20-day professional accreditation experience placements

There may be some flexibility in duration, depending on the program, e.g. law placements can be undertaken in ‘block’ mode over summer, or one or two days a week during semester. 

If you’re studying to be a teacher, a professional experience placement is a mandatory requirement for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). The structure of the professional experience units can be found in your course guide.  


The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) requires that you must complete no fewer than 80 professional experience days in undergraduate (Bachelor) degrees and no fewer than 60 professional experience days in graduate (Master) degrees.

During professional experience you must be supervised and assessed by a fully registered teacher against the Australian Professional Standards.

Pre-service teachers must attend the required number of days specified for each Professional Experience Unit as outlined in the course guide. On-campus students must attend placement on dates outlined by Swinburne University of Technology and must abide by the Professional Experience policies as outlined in the Professional Experience handbook.

You’re able  to access the Professional Experience handbook via Canvas through the Professional Experience Hub.

As a pre-service teacher, it is mandatory for you to have a Working with Children Check done before commencing your placement.

Have a question?

Contact the education placements team by emailing eduplacements@swinburne.edu.au.

If you’re an undergraduate engineering student, you must complete a minimum of 12-weeks of approved experience (paid or unpaid) in an engineering environment before you can graduate. This is undertaken as the Professional Experience in Engineering (EAT20008) unit within your course.

Refer to your course guide for more information about specific placement units.

You also have the option of completing a 12-month professional placement which will cover the requirements of your accreditation. Eligibility criteria apply.

Have a question? 

If you have any questions about the Professional Experience in Engineering (EAT20008) unit, please email Yali Li at yalili@swinburne.edu.au.

Health placements are mandatory for some undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Undergraduate courses

If you’re studying one of the following health undergraduate courses, the following placements requirements apply:

  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science. As part of the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science you must complete 140 hours of placement in year three of the course. 
  • Bachelor of Nursing. As part of a Bachelor of Nursing you must complete a minimum of 800 hours of placement during the course to be eligible for graduation and registration. Students are allocated placements in metro and regional locations to ensure the required skills are attained.
Postgraduate courses

If you’re studying a health postgraduate course, the following placement requirements apply:

  • Master of Counselling. As part of the Master of Counselling you must undertake 120 client contact hours of placement in year 2 and 3 of the course. 
  • Master of Dietetics. As part of the Master of Dietetics you must complete four five-week placement blocks in the second year of your course, totalling 100 days of placement. Students are allocated placements in metro and regional locations. 
  • Master of Occupational Therapy. As part of the Master of Occupational Therapy you must complete three blocks of placement during the two-year course, for a total of 1000 hours of placement. Students are allocated placements to ensure a varied range of experiences are obtained.
  • Post Graduate Psychology. As part of postgraduate courses in psychology you must complete between 60 and 200 days of placement depending on exact course requirements. 
  • Master of Physiotherapy. As part of the Master of Physiotherapy you must complete 1000 hours of placements over the course which includes block placements and work integrated learning. Students are allocated placements in metro and regional locations to ensure the required skills are attained.
Have a question?

If you have any questions around our health accreditation placements, contact the Faculty Health Placement team by emailing healthplacements@swinburne.edu.au

If you’re studying a Bachelor of Laws, you must complete three 20-day professional accreditation experience placements over the course of your degree. Completion of these placements provides you with credit towards the Professional Experience in Law units.


Work experience during a placement must be of a legal nature. There must be legal content to the work. This can be varied in nature but a placement including only non-legal work, such as accounting or reception, at a legal workplace is not sufficient.

Work experience during a placement must be supervised by an employee of the host organisation that is at manager level or above.

A placement can be in industry or the profession, or at any other workplace where legal work is performed.

A placement must be a minimum of 20 days full-time equivalent work.

  • This may be in a single block or spread out over an extended period. There is no time limit for completion.
  • If a placement does not amount to 20 days full-time equivalent, the remaining days can be made up with another placement. Completion letters indicating the number of completed days from each relevant employer will be required.
  • Placements should be for 20-days or less. If the host organisation requests that you remain at the company beyond the 20-day period, please notify profplacements@swinburne.edu.au immediately.
    Note: Students can obtain credit for more than one placement if the length of their placement exceeds 20 days at their host organisation (commensurate to the total number of days completed) or if you are undertaking an authorised six- or 12-month ‘Professional Experience in Law’ position.  
  • Placements can be paid or unpaid.
  • You can only obtain credit for one placement per employer/supervisor irrespective of the length of employment. There are two exceptions to this which are:
    •  you complete different legal related work in separate departments at the same host organisation under separate supervisors
    • you're undertaking an authorised six or 12-month 'Professional Experience in Law' position.
Have a question? 

If you have any questions, refer to the Law placements FAQs or email profplacements@swinburne.edu.au.

What does it cost?

Accreditation placement fees are incorporated into your total course tuition fee estimate.

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