Formal learning in the classroom at university or TAFE, as well as informal learning and experience in the workplace – is valuable. And, it can help you finish your course sooner.
If you've already studied a subject, or have lots of professional experience in the area, you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL).
RPL is an acknowledgment of the skills and knowledge you've already acquired over the years. Even better, it helps reduce the amount of time it takes to finish your degree.
Recognition of prior learning could mean you do not have to complete a particular subject (credit) or you can choose different ones instead (subject substitution) in line with our credit policy.
If you're granted credit, it means you don't have to complete a certain subject or group of subjects. You may want to seek credit if:
A subject deemed completed in recognition of prior learning via subjects completed in another course at Charles Sturt University or other institution approved by Charles Sturt University for the purposes of the credit policy.
A subject deemed completed in recognition of prior learning where you have demonstrated proficiency in a subject to the satisfaction of the Course Director or Course Coordinator.
Different types of credit you can be grants/apply for include:
You can't skip a compulsory subject. For these ones, RPL may be granted in the form of a subject substitution instead of a credit.
Substitution doesn't reduce the number of subjects you need to complete, but it gives you the chance to do a different subject instead and diversify your learning.
The Credit and Pathway Planner (CPP) is a system for you to request RPL.
The CPP works best in Google Chrome.
You'll need to enter your previous learning (provider and course or subjects) to submit your application for credit. You can then return to the portal to monitor your application's progress.
Once we receive your complete application (all supporting documents such as transcripts, subject outlines are attached), please allow 20 working days for processing.
If it's close to census date and you're waiting for the outcome, it's a good idea to discuss subject options with your Course Director. Contact details for your course should be available on your Interact2 course site.
If you're having trouble with the planner, check out the help guides below.