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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. Students should only be enrolled in units of competency they expect to complete in the current year.

Note: From 2019, qualifications that provide credit into the VCE or VCAL through b​lock credit recognition appear on the VASS with the certificate type 'VE3'. Previously, these qualifications appeared on the VASS with the certificate type 'VFE'.


Determining credit towards the VCE

Contribution towards the VCE for any VET certificate not included as a VCAA approved VCE VET program or VRQA approved school based apprenticeship or traineeship  is calculated via block credit recognition. Credit towards the VCE is based on achieving units of competency. The level of credit is determined by the AQF level of the qualification the units of competency are drawn from.

Students who aggregate results from more than one VET qualification may be eligible for credit for all of their training, subject to completion of sufficient hours.

Students commencing training in 2019

From 2019, the VE3 certificate type rules for the award of credit towards the VCE are as follows: 

  • Certificate I qualifications do not provide any credit into the VCE.
  • Certificate II qualifications provide credit at VCE units 1 and 2 level only. Each completed 90 nominal hours of training provides one VCE unit of credit. Credit accrues in the following sequence: units 1, 2, 1 and 2 up to a maximum of six VCE units.
  • Certificate III qualifications provide credit at VCE units 1 to 4 level. Each completed 90 nominal hours of training provides one VCE unit of credit. Credit accrues in the following sequence:
    units 1, 2, 3, 4, 3 and 4 up to a maximum of six VCE units.
  • Certificate IV and Diploma qualifications that are pre-approved by the VCAA provide credit at VCE units 3 and 4 level. Each completed 90 nominal hours of training provides one VCE unit of credit. Credit accrues in the following sequence: units 3, 4, 3 and 4 up to a maximum of four units.

Students who have commenced training in 2018 or earlier

Where a student has commenced training in 2018 or earlier, the following VFE certificate type rules apply:

  • Attainment of units of competency at AQF level II provides credit at VCE Unit 1 and 2 level, subject to completion of a minimum of 90 nominal hours for each VCE unit.
  • Attainment of units of competency at AQF level III and above provides credit at VCE Unit 3 and 4 level, subject to completion of a minimum of 90 nominal hours for each VCE unit.
  • A VCE Unit 3–4 sequence will be awarded on satisfactory completion of a minimum of 180 nominal hours, according to the rules outlined in the previous points.

Important Notes

  • The award of credit to a student will take into account issues of duplication with their other studies or VCE VET programs.
  • Where arrangements for VET programs have been made for 2019 based on pre-2019 block credit rules such that a student will receive credit at a lower level under the new block credit rules – i.e. at Units 1 and 2 level rather than a previously calculated Units 3 and 4 level – special arrangements will be provided. Schools should contact the VCAA at vet.vcaa@edumail.vic.gov.au with the details of these cases.

VCE credit examples under current and new block credit arrangements

The following examples show the completion of two qualifications with core units and typical electives as listed in the Training Package. They illustrate differences in the VCE credit available under the previous block credit rules and the rules that came into effect from 2019.

Differences between current and new rules
QualificationCurrent Block Credit arrangements
(effective until 2018)
New Block Credit arrangements
(effective from 2019)
SIT30516 Certificate III in Events
  • VCE Units 1, 3, 4, 3, 4
  • Core: 6 UoCs – 157 hours
  • Electives (7 UoCs) – 346 hours
  • VCE Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 3
  • Core: 6 UoCs – 157 hours
  • Electives: 7 UoCs – 346 hours
SIR30216 Certificate III in Retail
  • VCE Units 1, 2, 1, 3
  • Core: 8 UoCs – 255 hours
  • Electives: 5 UoCs – 165 hours
  • VCE Units 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Core: 8 UoCs – 255 hours
  • Electives: 5 UoCs – 165 hours

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 following principals apply:

  • 90 nominal hours of completed units of competency from a certificate I qualification will provide one credit towards a Foundation or Intermediate VCAL program.
  • 90 nominal hours of completed units of competency from a certificate II qualification or higher will provide one credit towards a Foundation, Intermediate or Senior ​VCAL program. 

Note: The award of credit to a student will take into account issues of duplication with their other studies or VCE VET programs.


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 fourth study in the primary four scaled studies) towards their ATAR. This is subject to VTAC rules​ regarding the calculation of the ATAR.

Please note:

  • This means of calculating an ATAR contribution derived from block credit was introduced in 2019. This 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


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.

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 1 January 2017.

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