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Credit Transfer Policy

Introduction

The college has established this Credit Transfer Policy to support the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTO) 2015. The Policy has been developed and implemented by the college to support and provide clear instruction and guidance to program learners and college personnel in the review and process of applications for Credit Transfer received by learners. This policy applies to all cases where a leaner is seeking credit for previously completed and formally assessed learning.

The college is committed to ensuring its practices comply with the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTO) 2015, clause 3.5, in recognising the qualifications and statements of attainment awarded to learners by other RTOs.

Credit transfer is the process of recognising a person’s learning achieved through the formal education and training process. The AQF explains credit transfer as follows:

“Credit transfer is a process that provides learners with agreed and consistent credit outcomes for components of a qualification based on identified equivalence in content and learning outcomes between matched qualifications.”

Scope

The college interprets this as learners and potential learners who already hold a qualification/s or statements of attainment from other RTOs that cover the same units of competency as those covered in the relevant course or program. In this instance, these achievements will be recognised by the college, and the learner will receive the appropriate transfer of credit against the college courses.

Awarding of Credit Transfer

Credit Transfer seeks to match the learning outcomes of previously completed training in specific unit/s of competency, to those of the current program for which a learner is seeking recognition of prior studies. Where a learner has completed a program of study from another provider that covers the same (or superseded but equivalent to unit/s of competency), the learner may apply to the college to have these unit/s of competency recognised towards the same (or equivalent) unit/s of competency covered in a relevant course offered by the college.

This allows the learner to be awarded the unit(s) of competency in the “new” program offered by the college without having to repeat the assessment for this unit. Credit Transfer will only be awarded if evidence of the qualification/statement of attainment achieved by a learner or potential learner is received by the college in the form of a certified copy of results and/or academic transcript.

The learner will be emailed notification of credit transfer approval/disapproval within 10 working days of application. If a learner does not agree with the outcome, they are to advise their trainer in writing. A lead trainer will then contact the learner; if no suitable outcome is achieved, the learner will need to submit a review in accordance with the college’s complaints and appeals process.