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Australian Qualifications Framework

The
Australian education system is distinguished from many other countries by the
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). The AQF was established in 1995 and
is a national policy that covers qualifications from the tertiary education
sector (higher education and vocational education and training) in addition to
the school-leaving certificate; the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education.
The AQF has
10 levels and links school, vocational and university education qualifications
into one national system. This allows you to move easily from one level of
study to the next, and from one institution to another, as long as you satisfy
student visa requirements. It allows for choice and flexibility in career
planning. All qualifications in the AQF help prepare you for both further study
and your working life.
If you are
studying an AQF qualification, you can be sure that your institution is
Government-authorised and nationally accredited, and that your degree or other
AQF qualification will be genuine.

Our
institutions are linked across the country and across the world, which makes it
easy to move throughout the education system between courses or institutions
and formal agreement and recognition frameworks mean every step of the path
will contribute to your future no matter what your study or career goals.
Course credits and exemptions

Course credits for
prior learning can allow you to build on what you have already studied.
In
Australia, you can apply to use course credits you have already earned to build
on your studies.
Recognition
of Prior Learning (RPL), or credit transfer, refers to the recognition of
previous informal and formal training, work experience, professional
development, professional licensing and examinations, and other work-based
education and training. Credit transfer is available in both undergraduate and
postgraduate programs, at the discretion of the institution. Credit can also be
given for previous vocational education and training (VET) studies.
Australia
has a system to recognise qualifications from other countries. The Australian
Government organisation National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR)
helps Australian institutions to recognise qualifications from overseas,
allowing for recognition of your previous studies.
Below is a
brief explanation of the difference between credits and exemptions.
Credits

You
need an overall number of units or subjects during a course to earn your
qualification.
If
you bring work or study experience from somewhere else, your new provider
may allow credit that contributes to your total, so you don’t have to
repeat classes.
Exemptions

An
exemption also means you’re excused from attending a unit or subject.
If
you get an exemption rather than a credit, you might have to take another
unit or subject to earn credits and contribute to your overall
qualification.
How do you get a course credit or
exemption?

The requirements and process vary by institution and course, but
generally details of your work experience can be anything that proves your
experience – from a workplace reference to a published work. Study experience
will usually be an academic transcript or qualification documents from your
last education institution, as well as a description of the curriculum you
covered.
Once you have decided on a preferred course and institution,
contact one of their course specialists or admissions team and tell them about
your study plan. They will be able to give advice about the best education
pathway that allows for credits or exemptions and suits your goals.