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How to achieve a Gold CREST

Follow these key steps to achieve a Gold CREST award

  • Applicants must be a Year 12 student to register an interest to Gold CREST.
  • Students must have completed a Silver, Team Silver, Silver Challenge or Team Silver Challenge before registering an interest to Gold CREST.
  • To ensure consistency, any student who wishes to register for an individual Gold CREST, must have completed an individual Silver or Silver Challenge CREST. Any student who wishes to register for a Team Gold CREST must have completed a Team Silver or Team Silver Challenge CREST.
  • Please note that just four projects will be accepted to Gold CREST each year. 
  • This process takes place in Term 1 of each year.


There are 3 separate stages for applying to Gold CREST:

STEP 1. Submit an initial Registration of Interest

STEP 2. Participate in the Introduction to Gold CREST seminar 

STEP 3. Submit an Application to participate in Gold CREST 

Applications to Gold CREST must be accompanied by Silver CREST reports, and Teacher’s Perspective report.

Applications are forwarded to an independent panel of project evaluators who will then identify the  successful Gold CREST project/s.

CREST will then offer a Gold CREST place to the student/s involved with that project.     


For students accepted onto Gold CREST programme:

Students involved in the Gold CREST award develop their projects largely as a result of their own initiative, with guidance from a number of support personnel: a supervising teacher, a consultant and two assessors (one to assess the CREST criteria, the other to assess the scientific/technical aspects of the project).

A Gold CREST project is expected to take at least 100 hours, about two and a half times as long as a Silver CREST project. This takes most candidates 18 months to complete. The greater level of achievement in terms of creativity, perseverance and application which is expected in Gold projects necessitates a more complex project structure and content.

This means that a Gold CREST project requires:

  1. more effort in developing a project proposal;
  2. a higher level of research;
  3. a greater number of project meetings between the student and their support personnel;
  4. greater depth of design/experimental work;
  5. more research, data analysis and interpretation;
  6. a seminar to be presented.

Guidance for students working on the Gold award is largely obtained through a series of meetings:

  1. a project outline meeting;
  2. a project proposal meeting;
  3. a project progress meeting;
  4. and a project final assessment meeting.