Applying for course credit and exemption

If you have previous studies or professional experience that is relevant to your current academic program, you can request to receive course credit or an exemption based on your prior learning.

To learn about the University's requirements regarding the application for and processing of requests for credit and exemptions, please refer to the following web pages:


Application Deadlines

Semester 1: 31 January   

Semester 2: 30 June    

Applications will reopen in April and September, after each study period Census date. 


How to apply

Before applying, make sure you have all the required supporting documents ready. Incomplete applications will not be processed. (For a list of the required documents, see Formal and Non-formal/Informal learning sections below). 


All applications for course credit and exemption require:

Other required evidence depends on the type of prior learning for which you are seeking credit and exemption.

Formal learning

  • Official transcript, or a certificate of completion of a microcredential. Transcripts must list all attempted courses, including grades, units/credits, and year completed.
  • A course outline or handbook entry for each course listed on the course details form. Course outlines or handbook entries must be from the year the course was completed and include: student workload/hours, content overview, learning outcomes and assessment details.

Non-formal or informal learning

  • A curriculum vitae identifying periods of full-time and part-time professional experience.
  • The contact details of two referees who can verify the experience.
  • A statement addressing the relevant learning outcomes as specified in ANU policy: Recognition of Prior Learning.
  • A statement from the employer confirming relevant experience, alternative evidence verifying the professional experience or a statement why such a statement cannot be provided.
Applications for Professional Practice (COMP6250, ENGN6250, COMP8260, ENGN8260) must also include:

All documents must meet Document certification and translation requirements.


Outcomes for complete applications are provided within 20 working days. Please do not resubmit your application during this time. If you want to check the status or withdraw your application, please contact CECC Student Services


The decision to award you a given amount of credit or no credit at all are made under the ANU policy: Recognition of Prior Learning

If you believe you have grounds, you may appeal this decision. Please follow the appeal process outlined in the ANU current students – Decisions made under the Awards Rules

Types of Status

Specified Credit

Specified credit is awarded when prior learning is demonstrated as exact or similar to an ANU course or courses. It can be awarded as a core, major, minor, specialisation or elective course or courses.

Example: COURSE A = COMP1100 (6 units)

If you receive specified credit, you are not required to complete the recognised course or courses and the duration of your degree may be reduced.

Unspecified Credit

Unspecified credit is awarded when prior learning is demonstrated as relevant to the overall learning outcomes of your degree. It is usually awarded as an elective course or courses.

Example: COURSE B = ANU-Elective (6 units)

If you receive unspecified credit, you will complete fewer courses and the duration of your degree may be reduced.


Exemption is awarded if prior learning is demonstrated as relevant to part of the learning outcomes of an ANU course or courses. If you receive an exemption, you are not required to complete the recognised course or courses but must complete another approved course in its place.

If you receive an exemption for a course when an alternate is listed, you must complete the alternatively listed course to satisfy the program requirements of the degree.  For example, if a Master of Computing student receives an exemption from COMP6331, they are required to complete the alternative course, COMP6340.

Exemption is also awarded when prior learning is considered to have met the pre-requisites for a higher level course.

Example: COURSE C = COMP6262, allowing you to enrol directly into COMP6320

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