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Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Did you know that your previous work experience or formal or informal learning could lessen the time you take to complete your studies? When you apply to study at IHM, we will assess and grant you credit and recognise your work, formal or informal learning.

What is RPL?

RPL can allow you to obtain credit for a unit by recognizing your prior study or learning so long as the knowledge, skills and learning outcomes of the unit are met. IHM will consider any higher education and/or informal learning. RPL can save you time and money!

RPL acknowledges that people learn in many different ways and learning is obtained in different situations:

  • Formal learning takes place within a teacher-student relationship, such as, at university or TAFE, and is formally recognised with grades, diplomas or certificates
  • Non-formal learning occurs in a formal learning environment but is not recognised within a curriculum framework, e.g., workshops, community courses, interest-based courses, short courses, or conference style seminars
  • Informal learning occurs in places, such as home, work and through daily interactions and relationships with community members, or
  • a combination of the above

What is an L – Portfolio?

L – Portfolio is a collection of work, skills and interests (evidence) in an electronic format that showcases learning and experience over time.

When you think about your L-Portfolio and the types of evidence that it contains, it is important to think carefully about its purpose and intended audience.

Your L-Portfolio may contain all or some of the following:

  • Files of various formats (text, pictures, video, etc.)
  • Evidence related to courses taken, programs of study, etc.
  • Writing samples (which might include several drafts to show development and improvement)
  • Projects prepared for class or extracurricular activities
  • Evidence of creativity and performance
  • Evidence of extracurricular or co-curricular activities, including examples of leadership
  • Evaluations, analysis and recommendations

Uses of L-Portfolio

Recognition of Prior Learning application

Our RPL tool is in the form of an L-Portfolio and allows students to put on record all their life experiences, interests and skills. Not only will their academic achievement be listed out, but also any life experiences that could potentially be taken into account for extra credit as Recognition of Prior Learning. For instance, an individual who has taken care of his or her bedridden parent has already gained valuable caregiver experience, which could be chalked up against practical expertise and added to their resume.

This L-Portfolio could be sent to employers when applying for work, to universities while applying for extra credits through RPL, or in any other ways to market their expertise.

Showcase/Professional L Portfolios

These L-Portfolios are used as a way to demonstrate (showcase) the highlights of a student’s academic and professional career.

Learning Portfolios

These portfolios are typically created by a student as part of a course as a way to demonstrate learning and the learning process. These portfolios are often shared with other students to elicit peer feedback. Learning portfolios support the idea of formative feedback as an essential part of the learning process.

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How to apply for RPL?

Current IHM students

RPL enables IHM students to move between courses, qualifications, and higher education institutions.

International Students

International students can request an RPL assessment on the international application for undergraduate or postgraduate admission form.

Note:-International students are not eligible for transferring into an IHM course if they have not yet completed 6 months of their principle course of study with another Higher Education provider, as stated on their Certificate of Enrolment.

Supporting Documents for your RPL application

Supporting documents that provide evidence of your learning outcomes will get you the credit you deserve.

The student who meets IHM’s entry requirements completes the Credit Transfer Form/ Recognition of Prior Learning Form and submits it either electronically or in a hard copy along with copies of official transcripts and relevant supporting documentation* to the IHM Admissions department.

Documentation must include:

  • Photo Identification document may include Passport, driver’s license
  • Copy of certified professional registration
  • Official transcript of results
  • Copy of original testamur
  • Learning outcomes for the course/s or each of the units for which the student is seeking credit or RPL (not applicable to IHM students)
  • Course brochure/ syllabus / Course outline (not applicable to IHM students)

IHM reserves the right to request certified copies or original versions of documents.

If the documents are in a language other than English, English translations of all documents certified by a National Association of Accredited Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) accredited translator or though the legal translation officer or a Notary public.

Supporting documents for non-formal learning credit

The following documents are required to support your application for non-formal learning credit:

  • written statement relating your previous learning to the learning outcomes in a unit (additional program information such as weekly topics, assessments and readings are beneficial)
  • portfolio of evidence that supports the claims made in your written statement – where applicable, please include:
    • A resume outlining dates, role titles and scope of your roles
    • Certificates of completion and attainment that provide evidence of your training and professional/personal development activities
    • References from your employer (or clients if you’re self-employed) that explain how your experience relates to unit learning outcomes and/or confirms that the information in your written statement is accurate (references need to include contact details if further information is required)
    • Position description outlining work obligations, staff supervision and any budgetary responsibilities
Transferring to IHM from another higher education provider

When you decide that IHM is where you want to study, you can transfer easily. Through RPL we can recognise units you completed.

How much credit can I get?

IHM may grant a maximum credit of 50 % of the total credit points for studies that have been completed at IHM or at an external institution for any course or discipline. Note that there may be limitations as a result of professional accreditation requirements.

Credit will only be granted if

  • All academic and work experience evidence submitted by an applicant is demonstrated, evidenced, and authenticated at the appropriate AQF level
  • Prior learning is assessed as relevant, equivalent to current knowledge as well as practices and relates to the course
  • The students granted credit/RPL will not be disadvantaged in achieving the expected learning outcomes for the course
  • The credits awarded will maintain the integrity of the course of study and qualification

Other points to note

Eligibility for credit
  • Students’ admission or enrolment status: A student may only make a credit application for a course of study which they:
    • are currently enrolled in, or
    • are seeking admission to
  • Being eligible for credit towards a course of study does not guarantee admission to it
  • To be granted credit, a prospective student must meet the minimum entry requirements of the relevant course of study
Credit decisions

Assessment and decisions to grant credit must be

  • Evidence-based and validated at the relevant AQF level
  • Made in a timely way to enable students’ access to qualifications wherein students will be notified on the outcome of their application for credit
  • Applied consistently and fairly, and
  • Documented to ensure transparency and that students are given reason/s for not being granted credit
Restrictions on granting credit

Credit will not be granted if credit will:

  • Disadvantage a student from achieving the course learning outcomes
  • Impair the integrity of an award to which the course of study leads, or
  • Breach requirements for the professional accreditation of an award to which the course leads

Credit will not be granted:

  • Based on a unit of study with a failure grade
  • Where a pass in a country or institution is known to be below 50%
  • For a research component unit of study
  • For part of a unit of study, an individual assessment task, element or modules within a unit, but only for the unit as a whole
  • Based on completion while the student was excluded from IHM or another institution as a penalty for academic progress or misconduct, or
  • Based on the basis of having already been granted towards another course: the student’s original prior learning must be assessed and meet the recency requirement (10 years for core units and 5 years for specialty units will be 5 years)
Policy & Procedure

The IHM Credit and RPL Policy is guided by the following Principles:

  • Regulatory compliance
  • Maintenance of academic integrity
  • Evidence-based decisions, including the use of precedence
  • Eliminating unfair or unnecessary barriers for student access to IHM courses
  • Enabling flexible qualification pathways
  • Reasonable prospect of success for the student
  • Regular review, monitoring, and continuous improvement processes

Key RPL Definitions


When completion of a lower-level course meets the entry requirements for a higher-level course or enables graduates of the lower-level course to enter the higher-level course with a standard grant of credit.

Articulation agreement

A formal agreement between the University and another institution, for articulation between courses of the two institutions.

Course of study

A formally approved/accredited program of learning that leads to the award of a qualification.

Credit transfer (CT)

Awarding credit towards one qualification based on a student having completed a course, or components of a course, or other formal learning that is demonstrably equivalent to an IHM course.

Formal learning

Takes place through a structured course of study that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially accredited qualification.

Learning Outcomes

The expression of the set of knowledge, skills and the application a student has acquired and is able to demonstrate as a result of learning.

Informal learning

Is gained through work, social, family, hobbies, or leisure activities and experiences and it is not organised or externally structured in terms of objectives, time, or learning support.

Non-formal learning

Takes place through a structured course of learning but does not lead to an officially accredited qualification. Examples include training in the workplace, voluntary work, or community work.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

A process of evaluating a student’s prior learning (formal, informal, non-formal learning) to determine its equivalence to, and therefore the amount of credit that may be granted towards their course of study.

Unit of study

A Unit of Study relates to a single component of a course/qualification, or a stand-alone unit, that has been approved/accredited.


Units are the component parts of accredited courses (this includes HE, Non-Award Courses) that are designed as discrete entities but also complement other Units to form a coherent course of study that leads to the learning outcomes of an award course. Each Unit has a distinct set of learning outcomes the achievement of which are measured through appropriate assessment tasks.

See the IHM Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning Procedure for further details that include the following:

  • Recency requirements for credit
  • Credit where a student is readmitted after the Termination of enrolment
  • Graded and ungraded credit
  • Credit for informal learning (proficiency credit)
  • Credit provisionally provided for a Unit currently studied (Forward credit)
  • Withdrawal of credit
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