What is advanced standing/credit?

If you have completed studies or work experience relevant to your new studies, you may be able to claim advanced standing (also known as credit), that can then be accredited towards your course. Advanced standing can only be awarded on the basis that your knowledge or skills represent the learning outcomes of one or more units in a course you are studying.

Applications for advanced standing are assessed by the Course Convenor, and in most cases you will need to provide detailed descriptors of your work experience or previous study (along with evidence you have successfully completed the study).

There are two types of advanced standing – specified credit and block/unspecified credit:

Specified Credit


Credit granted for a particular unit in a course that is deemed to have met the learning outcomes, knowledge and skills related to a unit (as outlined in the Determination of Course Particulars).


Block/Unspecified Credit


Credit that is not granted towards a specific unit/s, but rather in the form of credit points at a year level, to fulfil elective requirements of a course.

In cases where you have completed an Australian VET Nationally Recognised Training package, you may be eligible for credit in courses of a similar discipline under the University of Canberra's Volume of Learning/Articulation arrangements. To see if your previous studies fall under the articulation/volume of learning arrangements, please visit ouAustralian Credit Transfer page.




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