RPL Guide - Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Knowledge

Prior learning recognised

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can occur within this course for:

  • Formal learning – learning gained through study in a structured, accredited program that leads to full or partial achievement of a qualification; and/or
  • Non-formal learning – learning gained through study in a structured, non-accredited program (such as a short course, seminar, on-the-job training or professional development) that does NOT lead to a qualification; and/or
  • Informal learning – learning gained through years of paid or voluntary experience, professional standing or performance.

Credit amounts

4 units (48 Credit Points) is normally awarded for completion of a related Australian Graduate Certificate or Vocational Graduate Certificate qualification, or equivalent.

Comparability of an overseas qualification, non-accredited study and the years of experience that may substitute for holding an Australian qualification are summarise in Schedule 1 of the Credit for Recognition of Prior Learning Procedures.

If you believe your prior learning exceeds these thresholds you should request a waiver of normal credit limits by email to enquiry@scu.edu.au.

1 unit of credit (12 Credit Points) will be granted into SOC73001 Caring for Country for successful completion of SOY00419 - Caring for Kuntri: Indigenous Environmental Management, or equivalent.

Related fields of prior learning

Apply for RPL if your prior learning relates to:

Indigenous Knowledge

Indigenous policy development

Indigenous research methodologies

Indigenous statistical analysis

Indigenous social rights and enterprise

Indigenous estate management

Planning through Indigenous narratives

Indigenous environmental resource management

Community development and engagement

Indigenous cultural studies or Indigenous health are not related areas for RPL.


If your prior learning occurred more than 10 years ago, you should provide supporting documents to demonstrate the ways you have generated and maintained currency of practice, for instance through, professional memberships with peak bodies, on-the-job training, professional development or research.

Mandatory units

There are 2 mandatory units not eligible for RPL:

IND82002 - Living Country: Research with Context

IND82001 - Cultures of Repair: Re-directive Practice

Apply for Credit

It is important to apply for credit as early as possible.

If you apply for direct admission with Southern Cross University using our online application for admission, indicate that you wish to be considered for credit, by selecting yes from the drop-down box.

If you apply for credit after course commencement, use your Student ID to log into the My Enrolment portal. Select eForms from the menu bar to complete and submit your Credit Application at least:

  • 4 months before commencement of a field placement unit; or
  • 1 month before commencement of a course work unit.

Credit granted will affect the units you choose in your study plan. Don’t enrol in a unit for which credit is sought.
For more information view How to apply for Credit and the supporting documents required.

Your portfolio of evidence for experience

If you apply for credit on the basis of your prior informal learning, you need to describe and provide evidence of how your knowledge, skills and experience meet the unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes.
The Portfolio of Evidence for Experience - Guidelines will help you do this. Read the Guidelines before you apply.

After you’ve applied

We will email the outcome to you within 20 working days of receiving your application, unless we need further clarification or supporting documents, in which case we will contact you.

If you haven’t enrolled in units via My Enrolment, do so now using the recommended course progression found on the Course structure page. For personal assistance with your study plan please contact us.

Accepting credit granted for international students

If you’re an international student studying in Australia on a student visa you must sign, date and return the Credit Acceptance Declaration within 14 working days. This allows SCU International to adjust your 'Confirmation of Enrolment' (CoE) to show your new duration of study.

Your right to appeal

If you don’t agree with the outcome, you may appeal within 10 working days of the credit decision. The appeal will be commenced within 10 working days. You may be invited to participate in an interview and/or offered an alternative means of establishing the level of your existing skills and knowledge, such as a challenge test or special project. You will receive notification about the outcome of the appeal as soon as possible.

If the decision maker is the Course Coordinator, any appeal is to the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic and their decision is final. If the decision maker is the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic, any appeal is to the Chair of Academic Board and their decision is final. Any student not satisfied with the outcome may appeal externally to the relevant Ombudsmen Office.

Exit award thresholds

If you exit with the Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Knowledge, any credit greater than 2 units (24 Credit Points) will be rescinded (withdrawn).

For more information view Getting started at SCU. If you still have questions Contact us.

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