Accreditation is the formal recognition of a course by a VET Regulator in accordance with the Standards for VET Regulators 2015, the AQTF Standards for Accredited Courses and Parts 4 and 7A of the VET Act 1996.
When a course is accredited, it becomes nationally recognised and is listed on the National Register (training.gov.au) by the Council. Only a registered training organisation (RTO) can deliver an accredited course. The RTO will issue a nationally recognised qualification or statement of attainment following the full or partial completion of the course.
The Training Accreditation Council (TAC) Secretariat within the Department of Educational Services implements and manages course accreditation policies and processes on behalf of the Council. The policies and processes are part of the overall quality assurance arrangements in place to ensure that courses are accredited in accordance with the national standards.
The Council generally accredits courses for five years, unless special circumstances warrant a lesser duration.
Equivalent Accredited Courses
To align accreditation processes with the current process for training packages and to reduce the regulatory burden for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), if a reaccredited course has been determined as equivalent through a quality review process, the following requirements will now apply to RTOs that want to add the accredited course to their scope of registration.
- Receive copyright permission and course documentation from the Copyright Holder of the accredited course to deliver the course.
And submit the following to the TAC Secretariat:
- A completed Amendment to Scope of Registration online via RTONet or download the form (RTO2) from the TAC website www.TAC.wa.gov.au
- Provide evidence of Copyright holder permission to deliver the reaccredited course
- Pay the required fee on receipt of invoice
Once the TAC Secretariat receives the amendment application and supplementary documentation including payment of the required fees, the RTOs scope of registration will be updated.
Non-Equivalent Accredited Courses
If an accredited course has not been determined as equivalent through a quality review process the current amendment application requirements must be adhered to.
For further information, please go to www.TAC.wa.gov.au
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