Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

The Montessori Institute recognises that learning occurs in a variety of ways, including formal study at universities, private providers, employer-based training, professional development and relevant experience gained within the workforce. The Institute is committed to recognising previous studies and other relevant prior learning that contribute towards satisfying requirements for its courses.

This information explains how to have your prior learning and current skills and/or knowledge recognised.  Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) is an integral part of our service and everyone is entitled to apply.


Credit for prior learning (CPL) is a process that involves assessment of an individual’s relevant prior learning (including formal, informal and non-formal learning) to determine the credit outcomes of an individual application for credit. CPL can be given for credit to a component or in some cases the whole of a module.

Should you proceed with enrolment into the course, credits for part of a module will be assigned a ‘C’ Credit grade of 70% in our student learning system and credit for a complete module appears on the Academic Transcript as Advanced Standing. Students may choose to submit work that has been credited to achieve a higher grade.


Credit is the value assigned for the recognition of equivalence in content and learning outcomes between different types of learning and/or qualifications.  Credit reduces the amount of learning required to achieve a qualification and may be through credit transfer, articulation, recognition of prior learning or advanced standing.  Mutual Recognition allows entry into a course.  If you have completed or commenced a Montessori Education course with another Registered Training Organisation, supply certification of your completed qualification or relevant Statements of Attainment for units assessed together with your proposal form.


Advanced Standing allows commencement of a course with credit granted for a complete module.  Advanced standing indicates that an individual is deemed to have satisfied all the program requirements embedded in that module.  Advanced standing reduces the number of modules needed be taken to successfully complete the program.


Evidence refers to the various methods of demonstrating the required skills or knowledge.

  1. Validated letter

A validated letter should provide details concerning the duties, experience and responsibilities of the application relevant to the Assessment Criteria of the unit.  It should attempt to provide some indication of the level of skill demonstrated by the applicants in their work performance.  The author of the letter needs to be available to be contacted by the Montessori Institute.

  1. Sample of Work (Work Projects)

If possible, you should accompany your proposal with relevant samples of work which demonstrates your competence for particular Performance criteria.

  1. On-the-Job Assessment

If currently employed, it may be possible for a designated person/principal at your school to confirm your competence in specified areas.

  1. Formal Training

Any qualifications relevant to a particular learning outcome (including school, college and university) or any specialised courses attended which might be relevant (short courses, workshops, specific professional development/Montessori related).

  1. Short Courses/Professional Development

If you have a Statement of Attainment for individual units/modules or Attendance Certificates, these can be included.


You must be confident that you are still able to effectively put your skills into practice or recall the required knowledge.  One way of demonstrating currency of knowledge is that you are using the skill in your present work environment.  CPL can only be awarded when the Montessori Institute is confident that the applicant currently holds the identified skills and knowledge.


The skills for which you are claiming CPL should relate directly to the elements and be at a comparable level.


There should be sufficient evidence to confirm the accuracy of your claims (e.g., letter from your principal, testimonials, references etc.)


The candidate must provide the evidence him/herself.  As courses are offered on a blended study basis only, this evidence will be closely scrutinized.


The outcome is the same no matter who conducts the assessment, when it is conducted, or where.


To apply, complete and submit a CPL Proposal Form available from the Enrolment Officer There is a processing fee of $290 which is non-refundable regardless of the success or otherwise of your Application.

When you have completed your Proposal Form and supporting documents, submit them together with the processing fee to the Institute for assessment.  Your proposal and supporting documentation will be forwarded to an Assessor for evaluation. Following the evaluation of your Proposal, you will be notified of the outcome of your application.  If your application is successful, you will be notified of any exemptions we can offer.


If you are not happy with the final outcome, you can appeal the decision made.  This will initially be discussed between you and a Montessori Institute representative.  If you are still not happy, an Appeals Panel would be convened.  A non-refundable fee of $90 is required to commence the appeal process, although there will also be further costs for the Panel’s time.