Accreditation is a public declaration of quality – it demonstrates to students, competitors and employers that your course meets the expectations of the industry.
We operate from the principle that high-quality education and training produces well recognised and valued professional community workers.
ACWA accreditation is the nationally recognised stamp of approval that indicates your course meets a standard and that your graduates will meet the expectations of employers and the broader community.
As greater numbers of employers, including governments, take a risk management approach to recruitment, they are increasingly relying on third party endorsements for assurance that community service qualifications are sound. Short of making their own evaluations employers, and subsequently students, depend on a reputable and respected body to make an assessment upon which they can trust. This is the case in most professions, for example, engineering, accounting, medicine, dentistry, architecture and teaching; it is also the case in our sector.
Obtaining professional accreditation adds an additional layer of quality not covered by regulatory body accreditation. What will set your course apart from others is not how it meets, but how it exceeds, the Australian Qualifications Training Framework (AQTF) packaging requirements.
As an additional benefit for students, graduates of an accredited course can immediately become registered members of ACWA, their professional association. This is often required by employers and when it is not, it provides graduates with a competitive edge.
ACWA accreditation focuses on: course content; course duration; fieldwork placements; teaching staff and student resources.
You can browse the list of ACWA accredited courses here.