Students have the greatest stake in the quality of higher education and vocational training, as they often rely on program outcomes to gain employment or career advancement. While students cannot always be expected to fully understand the complexities of the sector or what constitutes quality, they must have confidence that they will receive quality education and assessment that is responsive to industry needs.
There are a number of careers that require eligibility for membership of an accredited body. These industry accredited bodies set the principles, standard and graduate attributes for the program of study. Some examples include (but are not limited to):
- Registered nurses – Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council
- Primary school teachers – Victorian Institute of Teaching
- Psychologists – Australian Psychology Accreditation Council
- Social workers – Australian Association for Social Work
- Accountant – Certified Practising Accountant Australia
When designing curriculum and developing programs, accreditation requirements by any relevant registering bodies is an essential component of the process. Accreditation processes are usually conducted every three years.
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Does the course you teach form part of a program that requires industry accreditation? Contact your Program Leader to discuss any questions you may have on the accreditation requirements that impact on your course design or teaching.