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Extend a VET accredited course

You can request an extension to the accreditation of a course if you can show there are ‘exceptional circumstances’.

Extension requests should be made at least 90 days before the course accreditation expires. Requests made after course accreditation has expired will not be considered.

What are exceptional circumstances?

ASQA may consider the following examples to be ‘exceptional circumstances’:

  • Shortly after the current accreditation expiry date, the course outcomes will be incorporated into a nationally endorsed training package that is due for release.
  • The course leads to a regulatory or licensed outcome, and under a legislative framework the course must be completed to access that regulatory or licensed outcome. That legislative framework is currently under review, and the review is expected to be finalised shortly after the accreditation expiry date.

What are not exceptional circumstances?

ASQA would not consider the following examples to be ‘exceptional circumstances’:

  • The course owner has not been timely in applying for renewal of course accreditation.
  • The course owner wants to take new enrolments past the expiry date in an existing course, prior to being registered for a new course. Refer to ASQA’s General Direction on learner transition.

Which form do I use?

Use the Request to extend the accreditation of a course form (DOC). Submit your application to accreditation [at] asqa.gov.au.

Is there a fee?

There is no fee for requesting a course accreditation extension. There is also no fee if ASQA approves your request to extend course accreditation.

For a full list of fees and charges, please read the Guide to ASQA’s fees and charges 2018-19 (PDF).

How long does a request for extension take?

ASQA will usually issue a notification of its decision within 40 working days of receiving a complete request.

ASQA’s decision

Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

While assessing your application, ASQA may notify relevant stakeholders of the proposed extension, including: RTOs that have the course within their scope of registration; VET regulators in Victoria and Western Australia; and industry regulators and licensing bodies. ASQA will consider representations by stakeholders in its decision-making process.

If ASQA grants the request for extension

  • ASQA will notify you of the new course accreditation expiry date.
  • Extensions will be granted for the shortest period of time that allows for the ‘exceptional circumstances’ to be addressed.
  • ASQA will update the national register.
  • ASQA may also notify relevant stakeholders of the decision.

If ASQA rejects the request for extension

  • ASQA will notify you of the reasons for rejecting the request.
  • ASQA may also notify relevant stakeholders of the decision.
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