Advanced Standing (Recognition of Prior Learning)

What is advanced standing?

Advanced standing (or recognition of prior learning) is when your previous studies or skills are recognised and counted towards your qualification, meaning you may not need to complete a unit or units within your course.

You can apply for advanced standing using the application form. You will need to provide evidence to support your application. You can learn more about Advanced Standing within the Advanced Standing Policy.

When is the closing date for advanced standing?

Applications for advanced standing close two weeks prior to the start of the Semester. Each year the closing dates are updated on the academic calendar.

Unfortunately, advanced standing will not be granted where an application has been made after the approved application closing date.

How do I apply for advanced standing?

You can apply for advanced standing using the Application for Advanced Standing Form. This form should be attached to your online application.

Is there a fee to apply for advanced standing?

Usually there are no fees for advanced standing applications, however, if you are asked to submit an assessment to assess your prior knowledge a fee of 20% of the unit cost will apply.

How far back will qualification count towards advanced standing?

Advanced standing is not normally granted for studies completed 10 years or more prior to application.

How much advanced standing can I apply for?

Normally, the maximum advanced standing that can be granted towards a postgraduate course is 50% of the total credit points for the course.

For example, the Graduate Certificate contains four units, so a maximum of two units could be granted as advanced standing.

What if I don’t agree with the outcome?

You can appeal decisions on the approval of advanced standing if there is:

  • evidence of a procedural error; or
  • evidence that the decision does not give appropriate recognition of previous study

Information on the procedure for appealing an Advanced Standing decision can be found in the Advanced Standing Policy.

Will a HETI Higher Education course give me advanced standing at another university?

This is possible; however, the decision is at the discretion of individual institutions. Please contact the institution directly for information on their application for advanced standing process.