If you have previous studies or professional experience that is relevant to your current academic program, you can request to receive course credit or an exemption based on your prior learning.
To learn about the University's requirements regarding the application for and processing of requests for credit and exemptions, please refer to the following web pages:
- ANU Current students - Get course credit or exemption
- Policy: Recognition of prior and external learning
- Procedure: Credit and exemptions
How to apply
Applications are only considered once you have matriculated into your new degree.
Before applying, make sure you have all the required supporting documents ready. Incomplete applications will not be processed. (For a list of the required documents, see Formal and Non-formal/Informal learning sections below).
All applications for course credit and exemption require:
Other required evidence depends on the type of prior learning for which you are seeking credit and exemption.
- Official transcript, or a certificate of completion of a micro credential.
- A course outline or handbook entry, unless the application is for prior completed or incomplete qualifications and the student only seeks unspecified credit.
Non-formal or informal learning
- A curriculum vitae identifying periods of full-time and part-time professional experience.
- The contact details of two referees who can verify the experience.
- A statement addressing the relevant learning outcomes as specified in Policy: Recognition of Prior Learning.
- A statement from the employer confirming relevant experience, alternative evidence verifying the professional experience or a statement why such a statement cannot be provided.
All documents must meet Document Certification and Translation requirements.
Outcomes for complete applications are provided within 20 working days. Please do not resubmit your application during this time. If you want to check the status or withdraw your application, please contact CECS Student Services.
The decision to award you a given amount of credit or no credit at all are made under the Policy: Recognition of Prior Learning.
If you believe you have grounds, you may appeal this decision. Please follow the appeal process outlined in the ANU Current students – Decisions made under the Awards Rules.
You can submit an application for course credit and exemption at any time. However, we strongly recommend students submit their application at commencement of their degree or prior to the start of the current semester. It can take up to four weeks (20 working days) for an outcome, which may influence your enrolment choices.
Last day to submit a course credit and exemption application to receive an outcome before Semester 1.
Last day to submit a course credit and exemption application to receive an outcome before Semester 2.
Types of Status
Specified credit is awarded when prior learning is demonstrated as exact or similar to an ANU course or courses. It can be awarded as a core, major, minor, specialisation or elective course or courses.
Example: COURSE A = COMP1100
If you receive specified credit, you are exempt from completing the recognised course or courses and the duration of your degree may be reduced.
Unspecified credit is awarded when prior learning is demonstrated as relevant to the overall learning outcomes of your degree. It is usually awarded as an elective course or courses.
Example: COURSE B = ANU-Elective (6 units)
If you receive unspecified credit, you will complete fewer courses and the duration of your degree may be reduced.
Exemption is awarded when prior learning is considered to have met the pre-requisites for a higher level course.
Example: COURSE C = COMP6262, allowing you to enrol directly into COMP6320
Exemption may also be awarded if prior learning is demonstrated as relevant to part of the learning outcomes of an ANU course or courses. If you receive an exemption, you are exempt from completing the recognised course or courses but must complete another approved course in its place. However, if you receive an exemption for a course when an alternate is listed, you must complete the alternatively listed course to satisfy the program requirements of the degree. For example, if a Master of Computing student receives an exemption from COMP6331, they are required to complete the alternative course, COMP6340.
Important information regarding the ENGN6250/COMP6250 Professional Practice 1 (PP1) credit and exemption procedure
Is credit or exemption allowed for PP1?
Credit or exemption is possible for PP1 if your application demonstrates your ability to meet the learning outcomes and cover the content of the course successfully, as per the Policy: Recognition of prior and external learning. The content of the course includes ethical practice in engineering, ICT and research, responsible innovation, effective team and interpersonal relationships, team leadership and communication.
Are there any additional documents required with my application?
Yes, in addition to the documents listed above, you are required to submit a 1000 word statement addressing the relevant learning outcomes of ENGN6250 or COMP6250 as specified in Policy: Recognition of prior and external learning.
You are encouraged to use materials you prepared for courses or applications for employment. Other sources of information must formally be referenced using one of the referencing systems listed by ANU Academic Skills.
What can I do to strengthen my application?
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