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 Accreditation submission

After completing the course development process and having your course signed off by the steering committee, the next step is preparing the course accreditation submission.

Submissions must use a standard course accreditation submission template (doc - 208kb). The template demonstrates how the course complies with the AQTF Standards for Accredited Courses (pdf - 323.75kb) and describes essential course information.

Structure of the submission

The submission template contains three sections and supporting documentation.

Section A: Copyright and course classification information provides information about copyright, the type of course (accreditation or re-accreditation), and course classification according to the Australian Vocational Education and Training Management Information Statistical Standards (AVETMISS).

Section B: Course information provides details of industry need, course structure, entry requirements, physical and human resource requirements, the rules under which the course may be accessed, delivered, assessed and monitored, and Employability skills (doc - 153kb) summaries. The Training Package Development Handbook includes a chapter on the inclusion of employability skills.

Section C: Units of competency includes the units of competency or modules that are contained in the course.

Supporting documentation:

  1. Accreditation submission checklist
  2. VRQA approved Accreditation Advisers’ declaration form
  3. Signed risk assessment report if applicable
  4. Signed minutes of the accreditation panel meeting
  5. Accreditation Advisers’ report showing course developer’s responses
  6. Signed Course contents endorsement forms
  7. Minutes of Steering Committee meetings
  8. Letters of support for the course, eg from industry/enterprise/community groups/employee, employer organisations/professional associations/Industry Training Boards, Industry Skills Councils and other relevant organisations or persons
  9. Mapping showing where relevant units of competency from Training Packages are not appropriate (if applicable)
  10. Details of how the skills and knowledge outcomes were developed and validated and how they are reflected in the course
  11. Approved course concept proposal application and VRQA approval letter

Formatting requirements

The VRQA requires that the accreditation submission has:

  • a table of contents in the course document
  • separately set out Parts A, B and C of the course document
  • headers and footers throughout the document that indicate sections and each unit of competency/module
  • pages numbered consecutively
  • version identification in the course document footer.

The VRQA provides an Accreditation submission template (doc - 208kb) for this purpose.

For more information and other useful resources for this stage of the accreditation process, see page 19 of AQTF Users' Guide to Standards for Accredited Courses (pdf - 697.04kb)

The next step

The next step in the VET accreditation process is the assessment of your submission.