If you already have skills and knowledge that are relevant to your course, you may be able to apply for credit.
Credit may be granted through a number of processes:
If your application is successful, you will have your skills and knowledge recognised and you may receive your qualification faster because the study required to achieve your qualification may be reduced.
If you can clearly show you have already gained the equivalent skills or knowledge, you may be given an exemption for a unit of study or, in some cases, a full course.
You may apply for credit if you have:
You may get credit for a TAFE NSW unit or module you have already completed in another TAFE NSW qualification, provided the unit or module has the same or similar content and learning outcomes. This is an example of TAFE NSW Credit Transfer.
TAFE NSW recognises that certain courses from other education and training providers are equivalent to its own qualifications, or units or modules within its courses. Universities, NSW schools, adult and community education (ACE) colleges and some private education and training providers have transfer arrangements with TAFE NSW for the amount of credit that may be granted towards a TAFE NSW qualification. This is an example of credit transfer.
If you have overseas qualifications in a field of study the same as or related to your TAFE NSW qualification, TAFE NSW will undertake an assessment to determine the amount of credit you will be eligible for in your course, or if your studies meet the entry requirements for the course. This is an example of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
TAFE NSW may recognise relevant skills gained through your part-time, full-time or casual job. You may also gain credit for work experience completed as part of previous training.
You may have gained skills through community or volunteer work, sports team management, domestic responsibilities or even your hobbies and leisure activities. These skills may be recognised if relevant to your course. This is an example of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
An example of articulation is where you have achieved a whole qualification (such as a Certificate II) with another education and training provider, and you are granted credit for these studies towards a higher level qualification at TAFE NSW (such as a Certificate III).
You should apply for credit at your chosen campus when you enrol or as soon as possible after you start classes.
For more information about how to submit your application for credit, speak to a course information officer at your chosen campus:
You will need to provide evidence to the assessor at your local TAFE campus to demonstrate that you have the knowledge and skills required to be granted credit. The evidence that you provide needs to map to the unit(s) of competency in your course. Staff at your local TAFE NSW campus can assist you with information relevant to your course.
Your evidence for applications for credit transfer and articulation may include:
Your evidence for applications for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may include:
Your evidence must confirm that your skills and knowledge are current. When you apply for RPL you may also be asked questions by the assessor relating to your skills and knowledge, or be required to undertake an interview, practical assessment or challenge task to demonstrate that your skills and knowledge are current.
Copies of original certificates or other documents must be certified by a Justice of the Peace (JP). Alternatively, you may bring the original documentation to be sighted by the assessor who can then certify your copies.
If you are seeking credit for your overseas qualifications, you should provide certified translations of any qualifications or documents. If you need to translate documents, you may call the NSW Community Relations Commission. The Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Border Protection has a free translation service for certain documents, for migrants who have been Australian permanent residents for less than two years. You may also apply for free translations from providers of the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP).
More information about credit processes and how to arrange an assessment is available from your local TAFE NSW Institute: