Recognition of Prior Learning

Crediting Previous Study

Students who have already undertaken tertiary study are eligible to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning.  Depending on the institute and the relevance to your current field of study, you can receive credits for some or all of your previous learning.  These credits will be applied to your New Zealand qualification.

If you have already completed your first year of university, you may be able to enter straight into second year study at your New Zealand university.  Recognition of Prior Learning is more easily accepted if your previous study was undertaken in English, or in a country or institute recognised by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) or the Australian National Office of Skills Recognition.  If you do not meet these guidelines, you may be asked to provide a copy of the relevant syllabus.

Incomplete qualifications are assessed by the the Qualifications Evaluation Services at NZQA.  This process can take up to eigth weeks and costs NZ$450.  In extreme cases, you can ask that your application be fast tracked.  You will need to provide certified copies of all your relevant documents, such as birth certificate and academic transcripts.

Recognition of Prior Learning can reduce the amount of time it takes to finish your degree and is definitely worth exploring.

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