Accreditation FAQ

This page provides answers to frequently asked questions about accreditation.

Accreditation is the process of assessing educational programs of study and the education providers that provide those programs to ensure that the provider and program produce graduates who have the knowledge, skills and professional attributes to competently practise in the profession.

The Podiatry Accreditation Committee (Accreditation Committee) is the accreditation authority for podiatry under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law as in force in each state and territory (the National Law). See accreditation authorities under the National Law for further information.

The Accreditation Committee was established by the Podiatry Board of Australia (the Board) under the National Law.

The Accreditation Committee:

  • develops accreditation standards for approval by the Board
  • assesses programs of study and education providers against the accreditation standards approved by the Board
  • makes decisions about accreditation of programs of study, and
  • monitors approved programs of study and education providers to ensure the Accreditation Committee continues to be satisfied those programs and providers meet the accreditation standards.

Accreditation standards are used to assess whether a program of study, and the education provider that provides the program of study, provides graduates of the program with the knowledge, skills and professional attributes to practise the profession. See accreditation standards for more information.

An approved program of study qualifies a graduate to apply for registration as a health practitioner. Programs of study are approved by the Board.

An online search of approved programs of study across all professions includes the approved qualifications for general registration as a podiatrist.

The Accreditation Committee assesses education providers and programs against the accreditation standards and decides whether or not to accredit the provider and program. The Board considers the Accreditation Committee’s decision and their report and decides whether or not to approve an accredited program as a qualification for registration as a Podiatrist.

 

For education providers

An education provider must apply to the Accreditation Committee for assessment. The Accreditation Committee will appoint a team of trained assessors to assess the education provider and program against the accreditation standards. This will include evaluating the application and visiting sites where the education provider delivers the program, including some clinical sites. The assessment team then reports its assessment findings to the Accreditation Committee.

The Accreditation Committee considers the assessment team report and decides whether (or not) to accredit the program (with or without conditions).

If the Accreditation Committee decides to accredit a program of study (with or without conditions), it gives the Board a report about its accreditation decision. The Board then decides whether it will approve, or refuse to approve, the accredited program of study as leading to a qualification for registration.

The Board publishes a list of approved programs of study for:

When a program of study is accredited with conditions, it means the Accreditation Committee has decided that, on the basis of the assessment team’s findings:

  • the program and education provider have substantially (but not fully) met the accreditation standards, and
  • imposing conditions will ensure all accreditation standards are met within a reasonable time.

The Accreditation Committee will advise the education provider about what types of reports are required to demonstrate compliance with the conditions and when any reports are due.

An education provider that has changed, or plans to change, a program that is on the Board’s list of approved programs must notify the Accreditation Committee about the change. Contact the Program Accreditation Team for more information.

Any education provider that wants a program to be accredited must advise the Accreditation Committee as soon as possible. This includes education providers that are planning to start new programs. You can advise the Accreditation Committee by contacting the Program Accreditation Team.

Under the National Law, the Accreditation Committee must monitor each approved program of study to ensure it continues to be satisfied the program and provider meet the accreditation standards.

The Accreditation Committee will advise each provider directly about what reports it needs to submit to the Committee.

 

For students and the profession

One of the pathways to qualify for registration is to hold a qualification from an approved program of study.

Search programs of study approved by the Board. The Accreditation Committee operates separately from the Board and does not deal with registration issues.

No. There is a separate process with specific registration standards that must be met when you apply for registration as a health practitioner.

For more information about the graduate registration process, visit the Graduate Applications page on the AHPRA website.

It could mean that your program is not currently approved by the Board. The Accreditation Committee operates separately from the Board and recommends that you direct your enquiry to the Board.

The Accreditation Committee establishes teams to assess education providers and programs of study against accreditation standards.

The Podiatry Accreditation Committee will be establishing a pool of assessors for podiatry within the next 12 months and will include an extensive call for applications period for individuals with the relevant knowledge and experience who may be interested in becoming an accreditation assessor.

Further information will be available on the Accreditation Committee’s call for applications will be available on the Assessors page in due course.

 
 
 
Page reviewed 15/10/2019