Applying for Recognition of Prior Learning - Master of Counselling

 

MASTER OF COUNSELLING

 

Students are able to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Credit Transfer to receive credit for one or more subjects of the Master of Counselling (up to a maximum of 4 subjects).  This enhances student progression through the course and provides recognition for students entering the course with relevant prior studies and work experience.
The Institute’s approach to granting of credit in recognition of prior learning complies with the best practice principles outlined in the AQF Qualifications Pathways Policy (Australian Qualifications Framework Handbook, January 2013) and ensures pathways are available into and between qualifications.  Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Credit Transfer are:

In assessing applications for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer:

The onus is on the applicant to provide appropriate evidence to demonstrate the relevant skills, knowledge and understanding in subjects where credit is being sought.

 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

 

RPL recognises that students, due to relevant life and work experiences, may already possess the requisite skills and knowledge for subject/s in the Master course.  Students who have been working within a counselling environment for a number of years are able to apply for recognition of this prior learning or experience.  Exemption can be applied for one or more course subjects** (up to a maximum of 4 subjects).

 

Assessing credit from prior experience takes into account the authenticity, currency, quality, relevance, transferability and comparability of the experience to the requirements of the subject for which credit is being applied.

 

Credit Transfer

 

Credit Transfer refers to obtaining credit towards another course on the basis of having completed previous study of an equivalent subject or unit.  Students who have completed similar units to those included in the Master of Counselling are welcome to apply for Credit Transfer.  Students who have completed or partially completed another counselling course are particularly encouraged to apply for Credit Transfer. 

 

Credit will not normally be granted for formal study completed more than 10 years prior to application unless there is evidence of continued relevance of this study for the course towards which credit is sought.  Credit is granted where there is substantial overlap with the content and/or learning outcomes of the subject for which credit is being applied. 

 

When assessing credit based on prior study, consideration is given to the objectives of the course, methods of delivery and assessment, admission requirements, course durations, the breadth and depth of the course material, practical training requirements, and experience requirements.

 

**Students can obtain credit for a total maximum of 4 subjects inclusive of whether this credit has been obtained via RPL or credit transfer.

 

Students Articulating from AIPC’s Bachelor of Counselling

 

Students progressing into the Master of Counselling from the Institute’s Bachelor of Counselling will automatically receive credit for the following subjects:

 

MC01 - Introduction to Counselling
MC02 - Counselling Process
MC03 - Counselling Skills
MC04 - Ethics and Reflective Practice

 

The student’s record will be automatically updated and a confirmation letter sent to the student.  Students are not required to formally apply through the RPL process.

 

Students Articulating from AIPC’s Graduate Diploma of Counselling

 

Students progressing into the Master of Counselling from the Institute’s Graduate Diploma of Counselling will automatically receive credit for the following subjects:

 

MC04 - Ethics and Reflective Practice

 

Dependent on the chosen specialty stream within the Graduate Diploma, the student will also receive credit for the following subjects:

 

Graduate Diploma Specialty Stream     Credit offered towards
Family Therapy MC12 Counselling for Families and Couples
Addictions MC14 Counselling for Alcohol and Other Drugs
Loss and Grief MC15 Counselling for Loss and Grief

 

The student’s record will be automatically updated and a confirmation letter sent to the student. Students are not required to formally apply through the RPL process.

 

Students Articulating from other Bachelor-level Qualifications in Counselling

 

Students progressing into the Master of Counselling whom have completed an undergraduate degree in Counselling with another Higher Education Provider, or an undergraduate degree that has included the completion of a Counselling Major (ie, 8 subjects in Counselling) can apply for credit of up to four subjects in the Master of Counselling.

 

The student is required to apply for Credit Transfer as per the Applying for RPL or Credit Transfer process outlined below and supply a certified copy of their Qualification and Academic Transcript in support of their application. 

 

Applying for RPL or Credit Transfer

 

Students are able to apply for RPL or Credit Transfer by sending in the RPL/Credit Transfer Application Form and all necessary supporting documentation as detailed on the Application Form to:

 

RPL/Credit Transfer Applications

AIPC

Locked Bag 15, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006.

 

Students can apply for credit transfer at any time after acceptance into the Master of Counselling and prior to enrolling into the subject/s for which credit is sought.

 

The RPL/Credit Transfer Application Form can be obtained by calling AIPC on 1800 657 667.

 

Submitting your Application

 

Simply complete the Application Form and collate your supporting documentation and send to the address above.  Your application will be assessed within two weeks of receipt and you will be notified in writing of the outcome of the application.

 

The student’s Academic Transcript received at the end of the semester will show the credit that has been awarded to date during your studies.

 

The following documentation will need to be submitted:

  1. For applications based on previous study, a certified copy of the student’s Academic Transcript will need to be submitted along with subject/unit documentation that includes the aims and objectives of the subject/unit, syllabus outline, contact hours, texts and assessment information.

  2. For applications based on previous experience, letters of support from current/previous employers will need to be included.  Letters should include duties performed, length of tenure, position and contact details of the writer.

Applications that do not include all supporting documentation will be returned for resubmission.  Supplied documentation that is photocopied will need to be certified as a copy of the original by an acceptable certifier (Justice of the Peace, Commissioner of Declaration).

 

How much does applying for credit cost?

 

There is no fee for applying for RPL or credit.  Students are not required to pay the subject fee for every subject in which credit is granted.

 

Appeals of Decisions

 

Students are able to appeal decisions made on the granting of credit.  The grounds for appeal are that the decision is inconsistent with this policy.  Please refer to the ‘Appeals against an assessment result’ section of the Grievance Handling and Resolution Policy and Procedure.  After appeal, students who remain dissatisfied with the outcome of their appeal against a decision regarding the award of credit may refer to the Grievance Handling and Resolution Policy and Procedure.