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Owners of courses of study (or their authorised agents) may apply for their courses to be recognised by the QCAA .

For more information on the types of learning that can contribute towards the QCE see Learning options and requirements.

Course criteria and standards

Courses submitted for recognition must meet QCAA criteria and standards. They should generally:

  • describe learning opportunities that in the opinion of the QCAA are of senior secondary standard and enhance further learning, employment or community engagement
  • include details about:
    • what learning experiences the learner will undertake
    • what evidence of achievement is required
    • the processes and principles used to make reasonable, accountable and transparent decisions about achievement
    • the time component for completion of the course
  • comply with legislative requirements.

For courses to be recognised, they must be equivalent in length to a semester of learning in a senior secondary subject. This is typically 55 hours. Courses may not be a component of a training package, an accredited VET course or a course approved or accredited by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA).

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How to apply

  1. Before applying, contact us to discuss the requirements for recognition. See below for our contact details.
  2. Read and complete the following application form:
  1. Supply 2 copies of the course, one electronic copy and one hard copy
  2. Post your completed application to the Curriculum Services Division, Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority, PO Box 307, Spring Hill, Qld 4004 or fax it to (07) 3221 2553.

Review process

Applications are first reviewed by a panel of experts, then by an independent committee which advises the QCAA . The QCAA makes the final decision as to whether a course is recognised, its type and the credits it may contribute to the QCE .

Applications are generally processed within 3 months of receipt. You will be notified in writing of the outcome.


Unsuccessful applications may be appealed. Contact us for more information on the appeal process.

More information

Phone (07) 3864 0395 or email

Last updated: 6 March 2018

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