What Is the Difference Between Credit and RPL?
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What Is the Difference Between Credit and RPL?

Difference between Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

They have similar elements, but they are not the same.


Credit is the mapping of subjects completed against the subjects required to satisfy the current award. It must be done at the same AQF level such as Masters to Masters.

In some cases, the process is quite simple when subjects match or have a close resemblance. In the case of an MBA transfer student – the process is usually straightforward. In the case of an unlike award transfer, it can be more complex and needs to be looked at on a subject-by-subject basis.

At UBSS the GCA Admissions team oversee credit transfers and exemptions. Credit is limited to 50% of the award.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) is a little more complex because it takes into account previous life and study activity that may be equivalent to what is being studied in the given award.

RPL can often provide an entry option – in the case of an MBA, students without an undergraduate degree may be given entry (through the Graduate Certificate option) based on previous work experience.
There may even be the option of credit towards the award (usually limited to 25%) if a person has a significant and related work experience profile.

See the professor g MBA TV segment available here.

View the UBSS Credit and RPL policy available here.


Emeritus Professor Greg Whateley is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of GCA.