Advanced Standing

GUIDELINES AND APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Advanced Standing refers to a type of student status:  the status of a student who has been granted credit for the completion of previous study (Credit Transfer) or demonstrated knowledge acquired elsewhere (Recognition of Prior Learning).

All adult learning organisations have their own practices, procedures and guidelines for Advanced Standing so it is important that you read this section on the AIPM’s Advanced Standing system before submitting your application.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE APPLYING

Students can only apply for Credit Transfer/RPL for up to 50% of the overall qualification for which students are undertaking.  i.e.:

For the Graduate Certificate (4 subject course):  no more than 2 subjects
For the Graduate Diploma (8 subject course):  no more than 4 subjects

Partial credit for a subject is not available (i.e., students cannot gain credit for a particular assignment within a subject).

Students are able to gain Credit Transfer on incomplete qualifications.  Provided students have completed an assessed subject, and this subject fits the criteria, then credit may be awarded.

Credit Transfer/RPL cannot be awarded on subjects that have previously been completed through Credit Transfer/RPL.

Students must be enrolled in an AIPM course to submit an application.

AIPM ENTRY POINTS

The Graduate Diploma of Executive Leadership (Policing and Emergency Services) and the Graduate Certificate in Applied Management (Policing and Emergency Services) make up an articulated set of courses and credit is given in the higher level course for the subjects completed in the lower level course.

Course Structure and Sequence AIPM601 AIPM701The Graduate Diploma of Executive Leadership (Policing and Emergency Services) is structured in two parts, part one being the nested Graduate Certificate in Applied Management (Policing and Emergency Services) (AIPM601) and part two being the four AIPM701 subjects.  Standard course completion entails students first completing AIPM601, consisting of four subjects, as shown in the table above.

A second entry point is available to selected students, providing students have previously satisfied the requirements of AIPM601 or a recognised equivalent.  Generally, Advanced Standing for students entering the course at entry point 2 will be assessed on an individual basis.  Previous study which shows equivalence to AIPM601 will need to be demonstrated by students.

PATHWAYS OF ADVANCED STANDING

The AIPM offers Advanced Standing through two pathways depending on the subject for which students are seeking Advanced Standing.  These pathways are Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning.

It is the responsibility of students to provide appropriate evidence to support the claim of prior learning.

All Advanced Standing applications require some form of supporting documentation.

CREDIT TRANSFER

Credit Transfer refers to students’ previous formal study, and assesses its equivalence to the study for which students are seeking to claim the award of credit. Credit based on Credit Transfer is determined by assessing the extent to which the prior achievement is equivalent to the required learning outcomes in an AIPM subject.  The subjects available through Credit Transfer are:

AIPM601S1: Foundations of Strategic Management (Graduate Certificate)
AIPM601S4: Contemporary Issues in Public Safety and Emergency Services (Graduate Certificate)
AIPM701S1: Contemporary Leadership (Graduate Diploma)
AIPM701S2: Politics, Power and Policy Development (Graduate Diploma)

Applying for Credit Transfer – Criteria

To receive Credit Transfer for an AIPM subject, students must show evidence of previous tertiary study which fulfils the following criteria:

RECENCY:  Previous qualifications gained more than 10 years ago are no longer valid, unless students can show the AIPM Advanced Standing Committee that the content and learning outcomes of the subject/course are still relevant to the subject(s) for which students are seeking credit.

RIGOUR:  Previous study must be at the same level (or above) as the subject for which students are seeking to gain credit.  Previous study is required to be at post-graduate level.

RELEVANCE:  Previous study must be in a similar discipline as the subject for which students are seeking credit.

Precedent Applications

The AIPM maintains a Precedent Register of the subjects that the AIPM Advanced Standing Committee has previously assessed as being aligned with AIPM subjects.  However, not all subjects approved for credit transfer by the Advanced Standing Committee automatically populate the Precedent Register.

It should be noted that as AIPM courses and subjects evolve through a process of course development and improvement, sometimes subjects on the Precedent Register that had previously aligned with AIPM subjects, and were therefore available for Credit Transfer, no longer meet requirements.  Therefore, though some students may have previously received Advanced Standing for a subject completed through formal learning, this same subject may no longer be valid for Credit Transfer.  This is usually because the subject’s content and learning outcomes are no longer equivalent or relevant to the AIPM subject.

Credit Transfer will be granted for subjects completed through previous formal learning that has already been recognised by the AIPM Advanced Standing Committee.  Exceptions to this are when a subject on the AIPM Precedent Register no longer aligns to a current AIPM subject, and the subject has yet to be removed from the Precedent Register.

Non-Precedent Applications

Applying on a non-precedent basis means that the previous formal learning completed by students has not yet been recognised by the AIPM Advanced Standing Committee as a pathway for Credit Transfer.

This may be because this particular qualification has not previously been submitted in an application, or it may be that the area of study in question has been assessed as not equivalent to any AIPM subjects.

Credit Transfer Supporting Documentation

Supporting documentation must consist of a certified true copy of the students’ transcript(s)/academic record(s) which show(s):

  • The subject title(s) of the completed formal learning
  • The grades achieved for the completed formal learning
  • The subject codes for the completed formal learning

Students who are unable to produce certified transcripts must contact AIPM Faculty Administration.

Supporting documentation in the case of a non-precedent application must include certified true copies of student transcript(s)/academic record(s) AND students are also responsible for providing documentation from the conferring institution which details subject outlines, learning outcomes and details of assessment of the previous formal learning.  The AIPM Advanced Standing Committee will then determine the relevance of the previous formal learning against the subject for which credit is being sought.

All certificates/transcripts/academic records submitted as part of an application MUST be certified as true copies.  For auditing purposes, the AIPM must retain these documents in student records; therefore, students are advised not to send originals.

How to certify a document

The certifying officer must:

  • Write on the copy: “This is a true copy of the original”; and
  • Sign the document; and
  • Print the following details:  name, address, contact telephone number, profession or occupation, date verified; and
  • Affix the official stamp or seal of the verifier’s organisation on the copy, if the organisation has such a stamp.

People who may certify supporting documentation

A person who is currently licensed or registered under a law to practice in one of the following occupations:

  • Chiropractor
  • Dentist
  • Legal practitioner
  • Medical practitioner
  • Optometrist
  • Patent attorney
  • Pharmacist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Psychologist
  • Trademarks attorney
  • Veterinary surgeon
  • A person who is enrolled on the roll of the Supreme Court of a State or Territory, or the High Court of Australia, as a legal practitioner (however described); or

A person who is in the following list:

  • Agent of the Australian Postal Corporation who is in charge of an office supplying postal services to the public
  • Australian Consular Officer or Australian Diplomatic Officer (within the meaning of the Consular Fees Act 1955)
  • Bailiff
  • Bank officer with 5 or more continuous years of service
  • Building society officer with 5 or more years of continuous service
  • Chief executive officer of a Commonwealth court
  • Clerk of a court
  • Commissioner for Affidavits
  • Commissioner for Declarations
  • Credit union officer with 5 or more years of continuous service
  • Employee of the Australian Trade Commission who is:
    • in a country or place outside Australia; and
    • authorised under paragraph 3 (d) of the Consular Fees Act 1955; and
    • exercising his or her function in that place
  • Employee of the Commonwealth who is:
    • in a country or place outside Australia; and
    • authorised under paragraph 3 (c) of the Consular Fees Act 1955; and
    • exercising his or her function in that place
  • Fellow of the National Tax Accountants’ Association
  • Finance company officer with 5 or more years of continuous service
  • Holder of a statutory office not specified in another item in this list
  • Judge of a court
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Magistrate
  • Marriage celebrant registered under Subdivision C of Division 1 of Part IV of the Marriage Act 1961
  • Master of a court
  • Member of Chartered Secretaries Australia
  • Member of Engineers Australia, other than at the grade of student
  • Member of the Association of Taxation and Management Accountants
  • Member of the Australian Defence Force who is:
  • an officer; or
  • a non-commissioned officer within the meaning of the Defence Force Discipline Act 1982 with 5 or more years of continuous service; or
  • a warrant officer within the meaning of that Act
  • Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants or the National Institute of Accountants
  • Member of:
  • the Parliament of the Commonwealth; or
  • the Parliament of a State; or
  • a Territory legislature; or
  • a local government authority of a State or Territory
  • Minister of religion registered under Subdivision A of Division 1 of Part IV of the Marriage Act 1961
  • Notary public
  • Permanent employee of the Australian Postal Corporation with 5 or more years of continuous service who is employed in an office supplying postal services to the public
  • Permanent employee of:
    • the Commonwealth or a Commonwealth authority; or
    • a State or Territory or a State or Territory authority; or
    • a local government authority;
      • with 5 or more years of continuous service who is not specified in another item in this list
  • Person before whom a statutory declaration may be made under the law of the State or Territory in which the declaration is made
  • Police officer
  • Registrar, or Deputy Registrar, of a court
  • Senior Executive Service employee of:
    • the Commonwealth or a Commonwealth authority; or
    • a State or Territory or a State or Territory authority
  • Sheriff
  • Sheriff’s officer
  • Teacher employed on a full-time basis at a school or tertiary education institution

RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING (RPL)

The recognition of skills and knowledge an individual has acquired outside the formal education and training system (through non-formal or informal learning) to claim credit in an AIPM course.  Credit based on RPL is determined by assessing the extent to which the prior learning is equivalent to the required learning outcomes in an AIPM subject.

AIPM subjects available through RPL

There is one AIPM subject offered through RPL:

AIPM601S4: Contemporary Issues in Public Safety and Emergency Services (Graduate Certificate)

Applying for RPL – Criteria

Students applying for RPL are required to show a portfolio of evidence which indicates their competence against the learning outcomes of the relevant subject.  (AIPM601S4 – Contemporary Issues in Public Safety and Emergency Services)

The Learning Outcomes for this subject are as follows:

  • Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise research on contemporary public safety and emergency services issues that impact on organisational objectives.
  • Critically discuss the various perspectives in the literature as it relates to contemporary organisational issues in policing and emergency services.
  • Review, analyse, consolidate and critique the various views within modern public safety and emergency services agencies and make recommendations for policy development, operational effectiveness and service delivery.
  • Critically analyse the strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats to your organisation.
  • Critically evaluate the multi-agency relationships within the public safety and emergency services environment, with particular regard to their complexity and impact on organisational priorities.
  • Develop a critical understanding of the importance of a citizen-centric service.

RPL Supporting Documentation

  • the number of years in a relevant work role, as managers/supervisors and, specifically:
  • experience in particular work roles
  • responsibility for specific organisational functions
  • involvement in action-learning projects
  • participation in professional development programs
  • details (provide certificates/transcripts where available) of non-formal and informal learning including:
  • in-house or on-the-job training
  • personal study in specific skills or fields of knowledge
  • executive or adult education
  • continuing education programs
  • pertinent life experiences in relevant leadership roles, such as:
  • participation in professional associations
  • organisational roles in community groups
  • volunteer work.

Students are also required to provide a copy of their current Curriculum Vitae which illustrates the relevance of their experience against the subject learning outcomes.

This information MUST be submitted with the Advanced Standing application form.

ADVANCED STANDING APPROVAL

Advanced Standing applications are assessed by the AIPM Advanced Standing Committee, composed of the Director Education Services, the Director Program Delivery, the Director Research and Learning and the Team Leader Education Services.

For precedent applications and RPL awards the Team Leader Education Services has the authority to sign off all Advanced Standing awards, with the Director Education Services acting as co-signatory.

For non-precedent applications, the Director Education Resources, in consultation with other Committee members, evaluates, reviews and authorises any award given.  After consideration and approval, these non-precedent subjects may or may not populate the Precedent Register.

Students will be notified in writing of the outcome of their Advanced Standing application within three weeks of receipt of their application.

ADVANCED STANDING APPEALS

Students who wish to challenge the outcome of their Advanced Standing application must first consult the Director Education Services to discuss the matter, so that the Director Education Services can determine whether any variation to the decision is appropriate.

If, following consultation with the Director Education Services, students remain dissatisfied with their Advanced Standing determination, and consider that they have additional evidence in support of their claim, they may lodge an appeal, in writing, to the Director Program Delivery and the Director Research and Learning.  Students must ensure that any appeal, together with supporting evidence, is received by the Director Research and Learning and Director Program Delivery within 15 working days of the date of the letter advising the Advanced Standing decision.  Late appeals will not be considered.

The Director Program Delivery and Director Research and Learning may determine that no valid grounds for appeal have been stated by the student and their appeal may be dismissed.  Otherwise, the Director Program Delivery and Director Research and Learning may uphold their appeal and request the Advanced Standing Committee to reassess the student’s application for Advanced Standing.  The student will be advised of the outcome of their appeal.  If the appeal is upheld and credit granted, it is the decision of the Director Program Delivery and Director Research and Learning whether or not to enter the subject onto the Precedent Register.

ADVANCED STANDING ENQUIRIES

All enquiries regarding Advanced Standing should be directed to:

Education Services

Ph: +612 9934 4805

Fax: +612 9934 4827

Email: faculty@aipm.gov.au