Recognising learning for credit: Guidelines for the recognition and award of credit for learning


These guidelines have been created for tertiary education organisations (TEOs) to develop and implement regulations, policies and processes that assist learners to have their relevant learning recognised and credited.

As the future of work changes with the impact of digital and other technologies, individuals will need to develop new skills and knowledge throughout their lives to demonstrate and maintain their currency in the workforce.  

This concept of lifelong learning requires that the education system shift away from a paradigm of teaching and training to a paradigm of learning,

“from knowledge-conveying instruction to learning for personal development and from the acquisition of special skills to broader discovery and the releasing and harnessing of creative potential. This shift is needed at all levels of education and types of provision…” (UNESCO Education Strategy, 2014 – 2021)

As a result, there will be an increasing focus on the recognition of formal, informal, non-formal, experiential and workplace learning. Credit recognition and transfer (CRT) and recognition of prior learning (RPL) enable people throughout their lives, and no matter how they have learned, to have their learning recognised and credentialed.

Effective CRT and RPL assists learners to move readily between education organisations, and progress in work and education without having to repeat learning or experiences or take additional credit.

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