This policy is designed to maximise the credit that students can gain, to enhance student progression into and between qualifications, and to aid concurrent enrolment in more than one qualification.
The decision to grant Advanced Standing rests with the Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee Associate Dean – Teaching & Learning or delegate). In some circumstances an application for credit transfer may also require an interview, demonstration with an academic qualified to make an assessment and/or a challenge examination.
The burden of evidence for any Advanced Standing application rests with the applicant. Evidence must reflect the student’s current levels of knowledge and skills.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to lodge all requests for Advanced Standing no later than thirty days prior to commencing the program (or immediately upon College application if applying within thirty days). All RPL or Credit Transfer assessments are to be conducted prior to the census date.
It is the applicant's responsibility to respond truthfully and accurately to all sections and questions on the application form(s). An applicant who provides false or misleading information in their application(s) for entry into ICMS, RPL or Credit Transfer can be disqualified as an applicant for admission, RPL or Credit Transfer and may be excluded from the College if already enrolled.
If applying for Industry Training exemption certified statements of employment stating job title, responsibilities, number of hours worked and standard of work performance are needed.
ICMS uses two forms of Credit Transfer:
Credit Transfer - Specified Credit: where the content and learning outcomes of a subject from an accredited course are deemed comparable to the content and learning outcomes of an ICMS subject, or where a student has been deemed competent in the same unit of competency during prior enrolment on an accredited course.
Specified credit is available for students who seek Credit Transfer between courses offered within ICMS, or from an external accredited provider.
Credit Transfer - Block credit: where the learning outcomes of a group of subjects or a qualification are deemed comparable to the learning outcomes of a group of subjects within an ICMS course. Block credit is only granted where ICMS has entered into an official Agreement with an approved Higher Education Provider or Registered Training Organisation – monitored and signed off by the DVC (Academic and Strategic Development), or where students are articulating from one ICMS qualification to another as part of a specified articulation pathway.
Applications for Credit Transfer must include:
ICMS accepts the following forms of evidence to support an application for Credit Transfer:
All official documents in any language other than English must be accompanied by an official translation into English, bearing the stamp and signature of a certified translator.
The Student Services Supervisor maintains a current Specified Credit and Block Credit Register for the College.
ICMS accepts the following forms of evidence to support an application for RPL:
The Advanced Standing Process comprises three (3) main areas:
|Part 1 - Information gathering and preparation|
||Student Services explains the Credit Transfer and/or RPL procedure to prospective applicant. Student Services gives applicant an application form, information sheet, and checklist for application process|
||The applicant will gather types of evidence that may assist with the application such as copies of qualifications attained, statements of employment, examples of work completed, and testimony from others as to the applicant’s skill level in relation to the subject syllabi.|
||The subject expert will be available, by appointment, to advise the applicant on what evidence to provide, assist with completion of the Credit Transfer and/or RPL application form, provide guidance on fulfilling evidence requirements, and suggestions for alternative types of evidence.|
|Part 2 - Submission|
|The student submits the Credit Transfer and/or RPL application form and the evidence to Student Services who then passes it on to the Associate Dean, Teaching & Learning for assessment.||Note: applications will not be considered until all supporting documentation has been provided|
|The Dean, Teaching & Learning will facilitate the Credit Transfer and/or RPL assessment in consultation with a subject expert. The Associate Dean may consult widely as a part of this process.|
|1. Credit Transfer and/or RPL application will be assessed by a nominated subject expert..||
2. Applicant contacted and advised by the Student Services that:
|The Head of School and/or subject expert will be available, by appointment, to advise applicant on additional evidence and preparation for interview/assessment.|
|3. Applicant sits challenge assessment or attends interview and/or provides additional evidence as required.||Decision on application is made after consideration of additional evidence. If the application is declined the applicant will be required to undertake the subject(s)|
|If the application for Credit Transfer and/or RPL is denied, the student may appeal to the Academic Appeals Committee||Student Services will advise applicant on feasibility of appeal and provide advice on necessary evidence for Credit Transfer and/or RPL assessment.|
|The appeal must be submitted to Student Services and must clearly state the basis of the appeal. Only appeals based on failure to observe precedent or lack of due process will be considered. Further evidence may only be submitted if this is now available but was not available at the time of the original application.||If the appeal is declined, the applicant will be required to undertake the subject(s).|
This policy acknowledges that students may have followed different pathways into study at ICMS and may have previously gained knowledge and skills equivalent to ICMS learning outcomes in one or more subjects or competencies.
ICMS in developing this Policy followed the guidelines specified in the AQF Qualifications Pathways Policy.
This policy applies to applicants or currently enrolled ICMS students who are seeking Advanced Standing (Academic Credit) based on:
ICMS describes the process of granting academic credit under its 'Advanced Standing' policy
'Advanced Standing' is the umbrella term ICMS uses for the granting of credit
This process occurs in tow forms:
This is shown diagrammatically below:
|Credit Transfer||[sometimes also called "academic credit" leading to “exemptions”] is granted to applicants or current students who can demonstrate that they have completed equivalent subjects at a recognised university or college and apply to have these studies recognised by ICMS.|
|Recognition of Prior Learning [RPL]||is a formal assessment of an applicant’s, formal, non-formal and informal learning. This assessment is made by an academic subject expert. RPL may be granted following an assessment of the extent to which that person has achieved the required learning outcomes or competency outcomes in a given subject. This assessment can include consideration of relevant work or life experience, work-based programs, self-tuition and non-accredited professional development courses.|