Affiliate Membership and APL

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Applicants qualify for Affiliate membership when they have 60 credits. Credits are collected from a combination of STEP courses, prior qualifications or relevant work experience. You do not need to complete a STEP qualification to become an Affiliate Member.

Candidates who are not intending to enroll on a STEP qualification can apply for Affiliate membership based on Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). There are two main sub-categories within the Accreditation of Prior Learning:

1. Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) - Learning which has been formally assessed and certified by an educational institution, e.g. University/University College, recognised education/training provider or professional body; and

2. Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) - The formal recognition of prior learning gained through other experience, in particular learning gained within and through work.

To discuss applying for APL credits contact

Complete the Affiliate Membership Application Form (PDF 242KB) to join STEP as an Affiliate.