Accreditation submission and review process

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Professional Accreditation Guidelines Australia and New Zealand

5.2 Accreditation submission and review process

The below diagram provides an overview of the accreditation process from initial submission to reaccreditation review.

Option 1


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Higher Education Provider seeking accreditation of a program for the first time 
 

Option 2


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Higher Education Provider with an existing accredited program/s seeking accreditation of a new program

 

Step 1: Initial submission

Higher Education Provider to send accreditation submission to both Professional Bodies by completing Template 1 and attaching required evidence (soft copy submission preferred)

 

Step 1: New program submission

Higher Education Provider to send accreditation submission to both Professional Bodies by completing Template 2 and attaching required evidence (soft copy submission preferred)


 

Step 2: Submission review

Professional Bodies conduct the initial desktop review and request any further information for the Higher Education Provider if required

Step 3: Initial site visit to a new Higher Education Provider

An initial site visit will be conducted to all new Higher Education Providers by the Professional Bodies (see Section 5) where the submission is their first program seeking accreditation or it’s a reaccreditation submission within their first 10 years of accredited program delivery.

Step 4: Submission outcome

Outcome of the submission is advised to the Higher Education Provider after being considered by each Professional Body’s accreditation committee


 

Accreditation granted

If accreditation is granted, the Higher Education Provider will need to follow steps as part of their on-going accreditation and reaccreditation requirements over the 5 year period.

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Accreditation not granted

If accreditation is not granted, the Professional Bodies will provide feedback to Higher Education Provider on the changes that would be required in order for the program to be considered for accreditation in the future.

Annual report submission – will be requested by the Professional Bodies throughout the accreditation period, see an example of the information requested in Template 3.

Reaccreditation – A full review of accredited programs and a site visit will typically occur every 5 years. A reminder is issued by the Professional Bodies 6 months prior to accreditation expiry, complete Template 4.

Changes to accredited programs – Providers must notify the Professional Bodies of any material changes to accredited programs throughout the accreditation period, complete Template 2.