If your students are applying for an ECU course and have completed previous study or professional experience, at an equivalent level, then they 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 students to reduce the number of units needed to study to be awarded an ECU qualification. It can be awarded as credit or in the form of a substitution.
Note: If the ECU course is gearing the prospective student to work in an industry where recognition by a professional body is required, such as working as a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), we encourage them to ensure that accepting advanced standing will not prevent them 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 previous learning which reflects and is equivalent to parts of the qualification which is being undertaken but does not lead to credit.
A substitution enables students to be exempted from undertaking the relevant parts that have been achieved (units), but requires them to complete an alternative unit in place of the unit(s) they have been granted substitutions for.
Being granted a substitution means students will complete the same number of units as required by the rules of their ECU qualification
You can check our advanced standing database to see if a prospective student may be eligible receive credit based on their previously completed qualifications.
If qualifications are not listed in our database, we encourage prospective students to contact the School offering the ECU course to get an assessment of possible advanced standing.