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If you are applying for an ECU course and have completed previous study or professional experience, at an equivalent level, then you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit for previous study or work experience).
Advanced standing is the term we use for credit (or exemptions) for previous studies, or recognition of prior learning, for professional experience.
Advanced standing can enable you to reduce the number of units you need to study to be awarded your ECU qualification. It can be awarded as credit or in the form of a substitution.
Note: If your ECU course is gearing you to work in an industry where recognition by a professional body is required, such as working as a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), you will need to ensure that accepting advanced standing does not prevent you from being accepted as a member into the professional association.
Credit is the recognition that previous learning reflects and contributes to, in part or whole, the completion of an ECU course.
For the purpose of credit previous learning includes formal, non-formal and in-formal learning:
Recognises that you have previous learning which reflects and is equivalent to parts of the qualification which you are undertaking but does not lead to credit.
A substitution enables you to be exempted from undertaking the relevant parts that have been achieved (units), but requires you to complete an alternative unit in place of the unit(s) you have been granted substitution for.
Being granted a substitution means you will complete the same number of units as required by the rules of the qualification
You can check our advanced standing database to see if you may be eligible to receive credit for previously completed qualifications.
If your qualification is not listed in our database, you can contact the School offering your course to get an assessment of possible advanced standing.
When you apply for one of our courses, you should indicate that you wish to be assessed for advanced standing
Once you have accepted your offer, you will need to complete our online advanced standing application and upload your supporting documentation.
A complete assessment can be made only when full documentation has been provided. Please do not provide us original documents as they will not be returned.