The government-constituted body for registered training organisations (RTOs) such as ourselves is the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). ASQA provides accreditation for training courses.
Course accreditation is formal confirmation that the qualification:
- Is nationally recognised
- Meets an established industry, enterprise, educational, legislative or community need
- Provides appropriate competency outcomes and a satisfactory basis for assessment
- Meets national quality assurance requirements
- Where it leads to a qualification, is aligned appropriately to the Australian Qualifications Framework.
Accreditation means that a course might be eligible for:
- Listing on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) enabling marketing and delivery to international students
- Participant/employer financial assistance through various government agencies
- Relief from GST on courses.
Accreditation also means that participants in the course might be eligible:
- For Austudy, Abstudy and other entitlements
- To access an occupational licensing or regulatory outcome.
Accredited courses address industry, enterprise, educational, legislative or community needs that are not covered in nationally endorsed Training Packages.
Accredited courses can respond to changing skill requirements, including changes to the needs of emerging and converging industries and sectors.