Accreditation FAQ

This page provides answers to frequently asked questions about accreditation.

Accreditation is the process of assessing educational programs of study and the education providers that provide those programs to ensure that the provider and program produce graduates who have the knowledge, skills and professional attributes to competently practise in the profession.

The Paramedicine Accreditation Committee (Accreditation Committee) is the accreditation authority for paramedicine under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law as in force in each state and territory (the National Law). See accreditation authorities under the National Law for further information.

The Accreditation Committee was established by the Paramedicine Board of Australia (the Board) under the National Law.

The Accreditation Committee:

  • develops accreditation standards for approval by the Board
  • assesses programs of study and education providers against the accreditation standards approved by the Board
  • makes decisions about accreditation of programs of study, and
  • monitors approved programs of study and education providers to ensure the Accreditation Committee continues to be satisfied those programs and providers meet the accreditation standards.

 

Accreditation standards are used to assess whether a program of study, and the education provider that provides the program of study, provides graduates of the program with the knowledge, skills and professional attributes to practise the profession. See accreditation standards for more information.

The accreditation standards used to assess paramedicine programs of study and education providers are currently in development, and are expected to be implemented in late 2020.
An approved program of study qualifies a graduate to apply for registration as a health practitioner. Programs of study are approved by the Board.

An online search of approved programs of study across all professions includes the approved qualifications for general registration as a paramedic.

The Paramedicine Board of Australia (the Board) has approved the Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA) accredited programs of study as providing a qualification for the purposes of general registration under section 310 of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in every state and territory (the National Law)

For information about paramedicine qualifications for registration please visit the Board’s Qualifications for registration page
The Accreditation Committee assesses education providers and programs against the accreditation standards and decides whether or not to accredit the provider and program. The Board considers the Accreditation Committee’s decision and their report and decides whether or not to approve an accredited program as a qualification for registration as a Paramedic.
The Accreditation Committee is yet to commence accrediting paramedicine programs of study approved by the Board under section 310 of the National Law.

At its inaugural meeting of 2019, the Accreditation Committee agreed on its approach to monitor these programs until their initial accreditation assessments under the National Law start. The Accreditation Committee’s agreed approach includes routine annual monitoring that requires education providers to submit information about the approved programs of study they offer.
 

For education providers

An education provider must apply to the Accreditation Committee for assessment. The Accreditation Committee will appoint a team of trained assessors to assess the education provider and program against the accreditation standards. This will include evaluating the application and visiting sites where the education provider delivers the program, including some clinical sites. The assessment team will report its assessment findings to the Accreditation Committee.

The Accreditation Committee will consider the assessment team report and decides whether (or not) to accredit the program (with or without conditions).

If the Accreditation Committee decides to accredit a program of study (with or without conditions), it will give the Board a report about its accreditation decision. The Board will then decide whether it will approve, or refuse to approve, the accredited program of study as leading to a qualification for registration.

The Board publishes a list of approved programs of study.

An education provider that has changed, or plans to change, a program that is on the Board’s list of approved programs must notify the Accreditation Committee about the change. Contact the Program Accreditation Team for more information.

An education provider must complete an application for accreditation assessment and submit the form plus all required documents to the Program Accreditation Team.
The Accreditation Committee is currently developing its accreditation standards for paramedicine, and is not currently accepting applications for accreditation assessment.

 

For students and professionals

One of the pathways to qualify for registration is to hold a qualification from an approved program of study.

See programs of study approved by the Board. The Accreditation Committee operates separately from the Board and does not deal with registration issues.

No. There is a separate process with specific registration standards that must be met when you apply for registration as a health practitioner.

For more information about the graduate registration process, visit the Graduate Applications page on the AHPRA website.

It could mean that your program is not currently approved by the Board. The Accreditation Committee operates separately from the Board and recommends that you direct your enquiry to the Board.

The Accreditation Committee establishes teams to assess education providers and programs of study against accreditation standards.

The Paramedicine Accreditation Committee will be establishing a pool of assessors for paramedicine within the next 12 months and will include an extensive call for applications period (anticipated for early-mid 2020)for individuals with the relevant knowledge and experience who may be interested in becoming an accreditation assessor.

Further information will be available on the Accreditation Committee’s call for applications will be available on the Assessors page in due course.

 
 
 
Page reviewed 2/09/2019