Advanced Standing

Your previous study, work experience or training may count as credit towards your Avondale course. This can reduce both the length and cost of your course. If you think you might be eligible for advanced standing (credit for prior learning), follow the steps outlined below.

Important information

  • Advanced Standing may be granted for up to a maximum of 50% of the course.
  • Typically, units being assessed for advanced standing must have been completed within the last seven years for the Bachelor of Nursing or 10 years for all other courses.
  • Overseas qualifications will be assessed by Student Administration Services using the Australian governments Country Education Profile website CEP as well as the Australian Qualification Framework AQF, before being assessed for advanced standing.

For further information about the request and granting of advanced standing, see Advanced Standing Policy


Step 1 – Submit an application to study at Avondale

Before you apply for advanced standing, you must submit an application to study at Avondale. For information about how to submit an application, see How to Apply

NOTE: Your application for advanced standing will not be assessed until we receive a valid application to study.

Step 2 – Obtain evidence

Once you have applied to study at Avondale, you will need to obtain evidence to support your application for advanced standing. This includes a copy of every subject/unit outline you wish to have assessed for credit, along with a certified copy of your certificate of completion and transcript(s).

If you apply for the Bachelor of Nursing and request advanced standing for units completed at another higher education institution, you must supply:
  • A certified transcript; and
  • Full unit outlines of all units previously passed at the institution where the study occurred; and
  • Clinical record books from clinical units that include, list of clinical skills, venues, hours and clinical appraisals.

NOTE: Advanced standing will not be assessed without this documentation and credit for clinical may not be awarded where poor academic history is evident.

For information about our guidelines for certifying documents, click here

Step 3 – Submit an application for advanced standing

Once you have obtained evidence, you will need to complete an Advanced Standing Application Form and email the form (along with your evidence) to

Applications for advanced standing must be submitted at least four weeks prior to the commencement of semester to ensure sufficient time for processing.

NOTE: The Bachelor of Nursing, for applicants with approved advanced standing, commences approximately two weeks earlier than other courses.

For information about semester dates, see the Avondale Academic Calendar

The process
  • Applications for advanced standing generally take up to two (2) weeks to process. Assessments may take longer during peak admission periods and/or if a high volume of units require assessment.
  • Once your application for advanced standing has been assessed, you will be notified of the outcome by email. The email will include details about which units are approved for credit and/or which units are not.
  • If your application for advanced standing is approved, you will be asked to sign and return an acceptance form (supplied) by reply email.
  • To finalise the process, you must supply an original copy of your transcript(s) for sighting. You can present your transcript(s) to Student Administration Services in-person or by mail. NOTE: Advanced standing is not granted (i.e. credit is not applied) until we sight your original documentation.

For more information, please contact:

Student Administration Services
Toll Free: 1800 991 392 (if in Australia)
Phone: +61 2 4980 2377
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