Recognition of Prior Learning

Get your previous studies recognised to gain entry into a programme and/or have credits granted.

Recognition of Prior Learning is a process where your prior learning – either formal or non-formal – can be recognised in order to gain entry into a programme and/or have credit granted towards your konae or modules/unit. There are two ways this can be done.


Credit award

Credit award is a process where credit gained elsewhere is recognised towards a Te Wānanga o Aotearoa qualification. Credit gained elsewhere may be from:

  • Formal study at another institution
  • Non-formal learning and life experiences

The following are some examples of life experiences and non-formal learning:

  • Community involvement e.g. marae-based activities etc
  • Work experience - paid and unpaid
  • Formal and informal in-service training
  • Community based education
  • Self-directed study
  • Non formal study

To apply please complete and submit the credit award application form.


Cross credit

Cross credit is when you’ve previously studied with Te Wānanga o Aoteaora, have been awarded credit for completing a konae or module/unit in one programme and want that credit recognised for the same konae or module/unit in another programme.

To apply please complete and submit the cross credit application form.


Processes and procedures

Download process documentation

Download procedure documentation

Any personal information given to Te Wānanga o Aotearoa will be kept private and confidential at all times and will only be used for official purposes. If you have any queries about those official purposes, just ask.

The Ministry of Education requires us to hold your full enrolment details in our records. Please keep us updated, when changes occur, fill out a change of personal details form and return it to your kaiako. If your name has changed include an authorised copy of your statutory declaration, marriage certificate or deed poll, change of address or any other details if applicable.

Contact student support

Contact your local student support advisor

Email nationaltauiraservicesteam@twoa.ac.nz

Phone 0800 355 553 from Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

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