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Accreditation with ASQA

What is a VET accredited course?

A VET accredited course has been assessed by ASQA as compliant with the Standards for VET Accredited Courses 2012 and the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Accreditation is formal confirmation that the course:

  • is nationally recognised
  • meets an established industry, enterprise, educational, legislative or community need
  • provides appropriate competency outcomes and a satisfactory basis for assessment
  • meets national quality assurance requirements
  • is aligned appropriately to the AQF where it leads to a qualification. 

Each VET accredited course is allocated a national code and is listed on the national register, training.gov.au

The copyright of a VET accredited course is owned by an individual or organisation, whose contact details are listed on the national register. The substantive course content will not be publicly available, only the unit code and title for each unit of competency and course completion mapping will also be publicly available.

It is an offence to imply that non-accredited training is accredited training. Training providers’ promotional material should clearly define which courses are accredited and which are not accredited.

What does course accreditation mean?

Accreditation means a course may be eligible for:

  • listing on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS), meaning the course can be marketed and delivered to overseas students
  • participant/employer financial assistance through various government agencies, or
  • relief from GST on courses.

Accreditation also means that participants in the course may be eligible:

  • for Austudy, Abstudy and other entitlements
  • to achieve an occupational licensing or regulatory outcome.

What types of courses can be accredited?

A VET accredited course must fulfill a training need not addressed by a training package, or address training in a new or emerging area. 

A VET accredited course can be accredited for all qualification types recognised under the AQF that are eligible for delivery within the VET sector, including:

  • Certificate I
  • Certificate II
  • Certificate III
  • Certificate IV
  • Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma
  • Graduate Certificate, and
  • Graduate Diploma.

Find out more about AQF qualification types and levels.

You can also apply to accredit a course that results in a Statement of Attainment outcome. The title of such a course commences with the words ‘Course in’.

Who can develop an accredited course?

Anybody can develop a course for accreditation. 

Who can deliver an accredited course?

Accredited courses can only be delivered by registered training organisations (RTOs) that:

  • own the course or have permission from the course owner to deliver the accredited course, and
  • have the accredited course on their VET scope of registration.

Do I need to have a course VET accredited?

No, training to meet industry, enterprise, educational, legislative or community needs can be achieved through:

  • non-accredited training, or
  • a selection of training package units identified as a skill set, or
  • a non-award course listed on CRICOS.

An organisation wanting to deliver a skill set or non-award course would need to satisfy other delivery requirements.

Introduction to course accreditation with ASQA (animated video)

The new Introduction to course accreditation with ASQA (animated video) explains the basics of what course accreditation is, and describes how course accreditation with ASQA works.

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