Advanced standing

What is advanced standing?

Advanced standing provides credit or an exemption for subjects in our postgraduate courses, which means you will not need to study a certain subject/s based on recognition of prior learning and/or professional work experience if you are granted advanced standing. Advanced standing may be granted based on:

  • Formal, credentialed study (subjects completed at another higher education provider that Governance Institute deems equivalent in content, currency and academic rigour to subjects offered in our Graduate Certificate course; and/or
  • Informal learning, through professional work experience that Governance Institute deems equivalent in professional experience and currency to subjects offered in our Graduate Certificate course.

What is the limit for advanced standing?

A maximum of two (2) subjects may be granted for advanced standing towards the:

A list of subjects for which you may be eligible for advanced standing is available on the Subject information page. 

Not all subjects are open to an application for advanced standing.

All students must study the Corporate Governance subject, and any student undertaking the qualifying program for Chartered Secretary must study the Corporate Accountability: Meetings and Disclosure subject or the Public Sector Accountability and Transparency subject.

Note: Students who complete the Graduate Certificate of Applied Corporate Governance & Risk Management from Governance Institute of Australia will receive credit for the four (4) subjects they completed in this award if they later apply to the Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance and Risk Management.

Students in this scenario will forfeit their Graduate Certificate qualification if they successfully complete the Graduate Diploma qualification, as the Graduate Diploma is the higher-level course.

Refer to our Advanced standing policy for specific details about eligibility and the process for advanced standing.  

How do I apply for advanced standing?

You are strongly encouraged to apply for advanced standing at the same time you apply for admission to a Governance Institute postgraduate course, and no later than two weeks prior to the census date for the semester. Students who apply post-admission or those awaiting for the outcome of their advanced standing application are advised to not enrol in subjects for which they have submitted an advanced standing application, in case the application is successful. Refer to the key dates page for census dates. 

To apply:

  1. Complete an Application for Advanced Standing Form (supporting documentation is required such as outlines of subjects you have previously completed (formal study) or a full CV and details of work experience, professional development activities, etc. Refer to our Advanced Standing Guidelines for details).
    You are strongly encouraged to submit your advanced standing application when you submit your online Application for Admission Form for the course to ensure your enrolment is correct for the semester.
    Applications will not be accepted after 2 weeks prior to the census date for the semester.
  2. Email your Application for Advanced Standing Form (if not already uploaded with your online Application for Admission Form) and supporting evidence to  
  3. Governance Institute will assess your application against our Advanced Standing Policy
  4. Applicants will be advised by Governance Institute in writing of their application outcome by email, usually within 2 weeks from their application submission date, and no later than the census date for the semester.
  5. Check your course structure for the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma and ensure you do not enrol in subjects for which you have been granted advanced standing.

Supporting documentation will include:

  • Details of a subject content or outlines from your previous institution if your advanced standing application is based on tertiary level studies completed elsewhere (formal learning); and / or
  • Details of relevant work experience such as a current full Curriculum Vitae and/or proof of membership of any relevant professional body or evidence of related professional development activities if your advanced standing application is based on professional work experience; (informal learning). You may be required to complete a mapping process for advanced standing based on informal learning.
  • Applicants who did not complete the above within an English-speaking country will be asked to provide evidence of English Language Proficiency.