Recognition of Prior Learning

You can apply to have your previous non-formal education recognised and credited towards your University of Waikato qualification.

1. Select 'Apply for Recognition of Prior Learning'  in your online application

When completing your online application to enrol at the University of Waikato, select the option which asks if you wish to 'apply for Recognition of Prior Learning' in your application.

2. Complete an Application for Recognition of Prior Learning

Submissions should be received by the University of Waikato six weeks before the start of your first semester of study.

3. Gather supporting documents

Please provide a portfolio of material that outlines your previous study/work experience/unpaid experience in the subject area. This portfolio could include: job descriptions, letters from employers, copies of reports, research or documents you have prepared.

4. Send us your completed form and supporting documents

Post or deliver your completed form, supporting documents and appropriate fee to:

Credit Office
The Student Centre
Student Services Division
University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105
Hamilton 3240

Please allow at least four weeks for your application for recognition of prior learning to be processed.

Confirmation of the outcome of your application for recognition of prior learning will be sent to you in writing by the Credit Office.


Credit Office:
Phone: + 64 7 838-4666 ext: 6054