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Extend a VET accredited course

You may request an extension to the accreditation of a course if you can demonstrate ‘exceptional circumstances' have led to the request.

Extension requests should be made at least three months before accreditation expires. Requests made after accreditation has expired will not be considered.

What are exceptional circumstances?

ASQA may consider the following examples exceptional circumstances:

Example 1: Shortly after the current accreditation expiry date, the course outcomes will be incorporated into a nationally endorsed training package that is due for release.

Example 2: The course leads to a regulatory or licensed outcome, and a legislative framework prescribes that the course be completed in order to access the 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 exceptional circumstances:

Example 1: The course owner has delayed the course accreditation renewal process.

Example 2: The requirement for RTOs to ‘teach out’ a course beyond its expiry date. (Contact the relevant RTO registering body for information about provisions to ‘teach out’ current students).

Request an extension

To extend the accreditation period of a VET accredited course, submit a Request to extend accreditation of a course form (DOC) to accreditation [at] asqa.gov.au at least three months before your accreditation expires.

Fees

There is no fee for requesting a course accreditation extension.

ASQA’s decision

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

ASQA may contact relevant stakeholders about the request, including:

  • RTOs that have the course on their VET scope of registration
  • VET regulators in Victoria and Western Australia
  • industry regulators and licensing bodies.

Representations from these stakeholders may be considered in the decision-making process.

If ASQA grants the request for extension

  • ASQA will notify you of the new expiry date.
  • ASQA will usually issue notifications within 40 working days of receiving a complete request.
  • Extensions will be granted for the shortest period of time that allows for the ‘exceptional circumstances’ 
    to be addressed.
  • ASQA may also notify relevant stakeholders of the decision.
  • ASQA will update the national register.

If ASQA rejects the request for extension

  • ASQA will notify you of the reasons for rejecting the request.
  • ASQA will usually issue notifications within 40 working days of receiving a complete request.
  • ASQA may also notify relevant stakeholders of the decision.