Australia has a system to recognise qualifications from other countries. The Australian Government’s National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR) helps Australian education and training to recognise qualifications and prior learning from overseas.
Some Australian education and training providers offer course credits or exemptions based on your previous studies. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
Australian providers may offer RPL on:
Once you have applied for RPL, you may be given course credits or an exemption for part of your new course.
Course credits may be given for studies in undergraduate and postgraduate higher education, or vocational education and training (VET).
The education provider offering your new course of study will decide whether your previous study or work experience is recognised under RPL for ‘course credit’. Course credits can reduce the length of your course and allow you to get your qualification in a shorter time.
An exemption is a type of RPL that means you don’t need to take a compulsory or prerequisite unit of study, because of your previous studies. However, to get your qualification, you will still need to complete the full course by taking other subjects instead.
Each education and training provider offering course credits or course exemptions will have their own RPL requirements. These can include documentation of your previous studies or relevant work experience. You may also need to provide academic transcripts or certificates, and details on units of study already completed.
Your Australian education or training provider will be able to help you find the best course and enrolment plan for you based on your prior learning. You can contact any Australian provider admissions office via the Study Australia Course Search tool.