Education Providers are required to register their intention via a Notification of Intended Application before 30 November in the year prior to assessment and then submit a detailed Application for Accreditation (including calculations using the Student:Staff Ratio Calculator) prior to 31 March in the year of assessment. Submissions after this date will, if accepted, incur a late fee and accreditation assessment may be postponed to the following year if it cannot be accommodated.
APAC will consult with the education provider to develop a Site Visit Agenda using the Site Visit Agenda Guidelines. In cases where a site visit includes assessment of postgraduate professional programs with specialist content, the specialist content assessors should typically be scheduled for the last two days of the visit.
It is recommended that education providers read and make use of the Accreditation Checklist for APAC Rules and Standards prior to submitting an application for accreditation.
Out-of-cycle accreditation assessments, occurring at any point in the five year period, result in the same monitoring as those detailed above for cycle accreditation assessments.
Four to six months should be allowed for the accreditation assessment process, from submission of application to notification of accreditation determination.
Applications for assessment of new programs may involve an on-paper assessment, with a follow-up site visit scheduled once students have commenced in the program. An accreditation determination would therefore be issued at two stages.
APAC will advise if the application documentation is insufficient and the program is not yet able to be assessed.
Contact the APAC Office to discuss time frames for application submission.
Complete an Addition or Change of Degree Name Form for an additional title with identical content/staffing/mode of delivery as that in an existing accredited program.
An additional title to an existing accredited program being offered online for the first time is regarded as a substantial change and requires completion of the relevant sections of the application form as detailed above (undergraduate, 4th year, 5th year, 5th & 6th (plus) year).
Contact the APAC office to discuss whether an application is required for an additional title to an existing accredited program being offered at a new campus.
Complete an Addition or Change of Degree Name Form when combining an APAC-accredited degree title with another degree to make a double degree, for example Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)/Bachelor of Commerce.
Complete an Addition or Change of Degree Name Form to change the name of an existing APAC accredited program.
Accredited psychology programs of study which will be, or have been discontinued, and are currently being taught-out, should maintain APAC accreditation until all students have completed the program. A new Discontinued Program Application Form is to be submitted for each discontinued program.
Discontinued psychology programs can only receive a grade of Accreditation with Conditions. Conditional accreditation is for a maximum twelve month period (Rule 2.7 (b)). The education provider should re-apply for conditional accreditation each year until there are no students enrolled in the program. Application for conditional accreditation for a discontinued program is made by completing this form. Applications are to be received by APAC no later than two months prior to expiry of accreditation of that discontinued program.
Should the accreditation of a program be allowed to expire by virtue of a failure to re-apply for accreditation (or because APAC revokes its accreditation), there is a risk that any student subsequently completing the program of study requirements and graduating from the program may not be considered by the Psychology Board of Australia in the future to hold an APAC-accredited qualification.
Note: A program with a change to the program code but with the same title and content does not need to be discontinued.