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Course accreditation

Accreditation is a public declaration of quality, it demonstrates to your students, staff, competitors and employers that you are committed to being the best you can be and your course meets the exacting expectations of stakeholders. Course accreditation standards have been set by a panel of educationalists, employers and practitioners who have worked with ACWA to determine the specific training and education needs of community workers and students.

ACWA operates from the principle that high-quality education and training underpins exemplary community services. Fundamental to ACWA’s role is the protection of educational, fieldwork and practice standards to ensure community workers are well qualified. We believe the community has the right to expect well educated and skilled community work practitioners who can be relied upon to provide a high standard of services.

ACWA accreditation is the mark of educational quality in Australia’s community services sector.

How does professional accreditation differ from regulatory body accreditation?

What will set your course apart from others in the market is not how it meets, but how it exceeds, the Australian Qualifications Training Framework (AQTF) packaging requirements.

ACWA has been instrumental in establishing formalised training for human services workers and is recognised nationally as the appropriate body for accrediting community services courses. Obtaining professional accreditation adds an additional layer of quality not covered by regulatory body accreditation. Today most employers expect graduates to be work ready, and bring both theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to the workplace.

As greater numbers of employers, including governments, take a risk management approach to employing qualified staff, they seek assurance that community service qualifications are sound and rely on third party endorsement. Short of making their own evaluations, students and employers have to rely on a reputable and respected body to make an assessment on their behalf.

The only way in which an employer can be sure that a potential employee has graduated from a course that provides relevant theory and practice is to look for accreditation by a professional association. This is the case in engineering, accounting, medicine, teaching, nursing, social work and other professions: it is the case in our sector.

When assessing relevant community services courses ACWA particularly focuses on: course content including field placements; teaching staff qualifications and industry experience; and resources for students.

If you are considering offering a community services related course, ACWA is here to help. Please contact us to help you ensure your course meets the industry standard.

Benefits

There are a number of benefits in accrediting your course. Graduates of an accredited course can immediately demonstrate their eligibility for membership of a professional association. This is often required by employers and when it is not, it provides graduates with a competitive edge.

Education is an expensive business for students and they are becoming far more selective when choosing a course. Naturally a quality course is regarded more favourably and third party endorsements from a trusted source are heavily relied upon.


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