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EDUCATION AND TRAINING REFORM ACT 2006 - SECT 4.4.2

Accreditation of a course or part of a course

S. 4.4.2(1) amended by No. 70/2008 s. 26(a).

    (1)     The Authority may accredit a course or a part of a course if it is satisfied—

S. 4.4.2(1)(a) amended by No. 70/2008 s. 26(b).

        (a)     the following matters are appropriate to the qualification (if any) to which the course or part of the course leads—

S. 4.4.2(1)(a)(i) amended by No. 70/2008 s. 26(c).

              (i)     the aims and learning outcomes of the course or part of the course;

S. 4.4.2(1)(a)(ii) amended by No. 70/2008 s. 26(d).

              (ii)     in the case of a course other than a higher education course, the scope of the studies of the course or part of the course;

              (iii)     the assessment processes for the course or part of the course to be used to determine whether a student has achieved the learning outcomes of the course or part of the course; and

S. 4.4.2(1)(b) amended by No. 70/2008 s. 26(e).

        (b)     the course or part of the course are likely to achieve the specified purposes of the course or part of the course; and

S. 4.4.2(1)(c) amended by No. 70/2008 s. 26(e).

        (c)     the contents and standards of the course or part of the course are consistent with any relevant national standards about the principles, processes or other matters to be applied in accrediting the course or part of the course; and

        (d)     that the fee for the application and investigation fixed by the Minister has been paid.

S. 4.4.2(2) substituted by No. 71/2010 s. 20.

    (2)     In deciding an application for accreditation of a course or part of a course in vocational education and training or further education, the Authority must also apply the standards for accreditation of courses adopted under the AQTF.

    (3)     In deciding an application for accreditation of a course or part of a course in higher education, the Authority must also have regard to—

        (a)     the National Protocols for Higher Education Approval Processes first endorsed by the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs on 31 March 2000, as in force from time to time;

S. 4.4.2(3)(b) amended by No. 70/2008 s. 26(f).

        (b)     any matter relating to the teaching or administration of the course of study or part of the course;

S. 4.4.2(3)(c) amended by No. 70/2008 s. 26(f).

        (c)     any other matter relating to the management or operations of the institution or the administration of the course of study or part of the course that, in the opinion of the Authority, are relevant to the institution's ability to provide the course of study or part of the course.

    (4)     Subsections (1), (2) and (3) do not limit the grounds on which the Authority may refuse to grant an application.

S. 4.4.2(5) amended by No. 70/2008 s. 26(g).

    (5)     The Authority may impose any conditions on the accreditation of a course or part of a course.

S. 4.4.2(6) amended by No. 70/2008 s. 26(h).

    (6)     If the Authority decides to grant the application it must immediately register the course or part of the course on the State Register.

S. 4.4.2(7) amended by No. 70/2008 s. 26(h).

    (7)     If the Authority decides not to grant the application it must immediately give the applicant a notice of the decision and a copy of the written report on the content and educational standard of the course or part of the course prepared under section 4.4.1.

S. 4.4.2(8) amended by No. 70/2008 s. 26(i).

    (8)     The Authority may accredit a course or part of a course for a period not exceeding 5 years and may renew the accreditation if an application for renewal is made before the accreditation expires.

    (9)     The Authority may from time to time issue guidelines about all or any of the matters referred to in subsections (1), (2) and (3) and must publish any guidelines that are issued in the Government Gazette.



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