Accreditation of VET Courses
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The ASQA has made changes to the application process for initial accreditation for VET courses. This change involves the submission of evidence that the VET course has undergone proper consultation with industry shareholders even during the early stages of VET course development.

The Standards for VET Accredited Courses 2012 requires VET courses should be developed in close consultation and be validated by industry, enterprises, community and professional groups. This is to ensure that all VET courses provide the skills and knowledge required by industries in the workplace.

Implementation date

The updated application process for initial accreditation for VET courses will take effect on 1 April 2019.

What’s New with the Application Process?

The main change in the application for initial accreditation for VET courses is the submission of the new VET course concept form. This form will provide the ASQA with the information to assess if the VET course has:

  • Sufficient evidence that an industry is in need and supports the development of the course
  • Proven that concerned industries and stakeholders have been identified and consulted during the development of the course

Upon submission of the complete VET course concept form, ASQA will provide feedback on the initial accreditation of the course within 20 working days of receipt of the form and payment of the lodgement fee.

Will the fees increase?

There is no change to the total dollar amount of fees payable during the application process of initial accreditation of a VET course. From 1 March 2019 the applicable fees are:

  • Application lodgement fee ($500)—payable upon submission of the VET course concept form
  • Application assessment fee ($7,570)—payable upon invoice. ASQA will issue the invoice once an application for course initial accreditation is deemed complete.

For more information on the new application process for initial accreditation of a VET course please visit the ASQA website.

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