Applying for Credit

What is Credit

Credit is the recognition of an individual's knowledge or skills that can be counted towards a qualification.

Types of Learning 

Different types of learning are assessed to provide credit towards a qualification:

Formal learning that is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially accredited qualification.

Non formal learning that takes place through a structured program of learning but does not lead to an officially accredited qualification. 

Information learning gained through work-related, social, family, hobby or leisure activities and experiences.  Unlike formal and non-formal learning, informal learning is not organised or externally structured in terms of objectives, time or learning support. 

Credit processes

You can get credit for previous study or learning through one or more of the following processes.

A credit transfer provides you with an agreed and consistent credit for components of a formal and non formal qualification.  This is based on equivalence in content and learning outcomes between matched qualifications.

Articulation enables you to progress from one completed qualification to another with admission and/or credit in a defined pathway.

Precognition of prior learning involves assessment of your relevant prior informal learning to determine the credit outcomes of your application for credit.

How to Apply

Please note that there are limits to the number of credit points for any course.  

Apply using the Application for Credit Form and submit your application and supporting material as directed on the form.

The managing Faculty will assess your credit application.

Support Documents

For credit gained from formal and non formal learning you must provide all of the following documents relating to your previous study:

  • an academic transcript (original or certified copy)
  • an explanation of what the results mean (usually found on the back of the transcript)
  • an extract from the handbook, detailing the course structure and credit points (or equivalent weighting of the course)
  • a unit syllabus including the assessment requirements for each unit you are seeking credit for.


Completed credit applications must be received within 4 weeks of the commencement of the course.

Articulation Pathways from Holmesglen VET courses into Degrees

This is a guide only. If a VET course has been studied at another Registered Training Organisation the exemptions/advanced standing (subject credits) will be dealt with on a case by case basis. The number of subject credits may vary depending on elective units successfully completed with any qualification. There is a maximum number of credit points for which exemption can be granted for each qualification. The minimum time to complete a degree is dependent on subject availability.

Articulation Pathways from Holmesglen VET courses into Holmesglen degrees

Holmesglen credit arrangements with other providers

Holmesglen has a number of partnership arrangements with other educational institutions that enable students who complete qualifications at these institutions to be granted credit towards Holmesglen's courses.Holmesglen credit arrangements with other providers