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Block credit recognition

Please note: From 2019, block credit recognition rules will change. Find out how on the VET reform projects page.

Students who undertake Vocational Education and Training (VET) or Further Education (FE) qualifications that are not included in the suite of approved VCE VET programs and school-based apprenticeships and traineeships may be eligible for credit towards their VCE through block credit recognition. VCAL credit is based on the same principle.

To be eligible for credit, the student must be enrolled in the VCE or VCAL. Credit will be available for full or partial completion of a nationally recognised qualification or state accredited curriculum, according to the guidelines below.

Note: Qualifications that provide credit into the VCE or VCAL through b​lock credit recognition appear on the VASS with the certificate type 'VFE'.

Determining credit towards the VCE

Under block credit recognition, credit toward the VCE is determined by the AQF level at which the units of competency/modules (UoC/Ms) are recognised and the nominal hours of training completed.

The following guidelines apply:

  • Attainment of UoC/Ms at AQF level II provides credit at Units 1 and 2 level.
  • Attainment of UoC/Ms at AQF level III or above provides credit at Units 3 and 4 level.
  • 90 nominal hours of training is required for each VCE Unit.
  • The award of credit will take into account issues of duplication with other VCE studies or VCE VET programs and other VET undertaken by the student.

Where available, a Units 3 and 4 sequence will be awarded on satisfactory completion of 180 nominal hours at AQF level III, according to the guidelines above.

For students enrolled in a VET/FE program, the amount of credit they are eligible for will be calculated and recorded on VASS. It will specify the number and level of units and/or Units 3 and 4 sequences.

Where students apply for credit for training completed prior to the current year, decisions on the amount of credit granted will be made and recorded by the VCAA.  

Determining credit towards the VCAL

In calculating VCAL credit derived from VET or FE qualifications that are not included in the suite of approved VCE VET programs and school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, the AQF levels associated with individual UoC/Ms are not considered. Instead, the overall certificate level of the qualification in which the nominal hours have been accumulated is used to determine VCAL credit as follows:

  • 90 nominal hours-worth of completed UoC/Ms from a certificate I qualification (regardless of the AQF level of the individual UoC/Ms) will provide one credit towards a Foundation or Intermediate VCAL program.
  • 90 nominal hours-worth of completed UoC/Ms from a certificate II qualification or higher (regardless of the AQF level of the individual UoC/Ms) will provide one credit towards a Foundation, Intermediate or Senior ​VCAL program. 

ATAR Contribution

VTAC may award VCE students who receive a Units 3 and 4 sequence through block credit recognition a fifth or sixth study increment (10% of the average of the primary four scaled studies) towards their ATAR. This is subject to VTAC rules​ regarding the calculation of the ATAR.

Note: from 2019, increments for block credit programs will be calculated using 10% of the lowest study score of the primary four. The policy change is outlined in the VTAC Gazette Nov-Dec 2017

The increment is awarded by the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC). Further information on the ATAR can be found on the VTAC website: www.vtac.edu.au

Please note that from 2015, Units 3 and 4 sequences achieved through block credit recognition can only be used in the calculation of an ATAR if there are fewer than six Units 3 and 4 sequences from VCE studies or VCE VET programs available. If there are six or more Units 3 and 4 sequences from VCE studies or VCE VET programs available, a Units 3 and 4 sequence derived from block credit recognition cannot be used. Further information about this VTAC policy is available in the May 2016 issue of the VTAC Gazette

Students with a current enrolment in VET/FE

Where students are completing training in a nationally recognised VET/FE qualification in the current year, they should be enrolled on Victorian Assessment Software System (VASS) in the certificate and all UoC/Ms expected to be completed in the current year only.

These students do not need to apply for credit. Entry on VASS will calculate the level of credit students are entitled to, based on the guidelines for determining credit towards the VCE​​.

Students who have completed training in VET/FE prior to the current year

Where students have completed training in a nationally recognised VET/FE qualification prior to the current year, and have not previously had their details entered onto the VASS, they must apply to the VCAA, through the Victorian school at which they are enrolled.​​​​ 

High level VET qualifications undertaken as part of the VCE/VCAL

Approval Process

The VCAA has an approval process for certificate IV and diploma level VET qualifications undertaken by VCE or VCAL students. This process applies to all high-level qualifications where delivery commenced on or after January 1 2016.

Providers/schools planning to deliver a high level qualification must complete an application form as soon as possible with submissions preferred by the end of Term 3 to ensure timely approval for the following year. This approval process must be completed prior to the commencement of any training in the qualification.

Credit into the VCE or VCAL

As Certificate IV or Diploma qualifications would normally only be undertaken following completion of lower level VET qualifications the VCAA has determined that credit for any approved training at Certificate IV or higher be restricted to 2 Unit 3 & 4 sequences towards the VCE or 4 credits towards the VCAL per certificate enrolment. This decision applies to any VET qualification at Certificate IV or higher where the enrolment is made on VASS from January 1 2017.

For further information regarding the approval process or credit into the VCE or VCAL, please contact the VCAA on 9032 1737.