Accreditation Processes and Classifications

The Accreditation requirements, process, standards and mandatory inclusions, including the Competency Based Occupational Standards (CBOS) and Guidelines for reporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Curriculum Development and Inclusions can be accessed by clicking on the following links:

  • Accreditation of Speech Pathology Degree Programs, Part A/B/C
  • Competency Based Occupational Standards (CBOS)
  • Guidelines for reporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Curriculum Development and Inclusions

The National Alliance of Self-Regulating Health Professionals (NASRHP), has developed recommendations for accreditation classification structures to better inform prospective students and the public of the difference between courses and those who are not fully meeting requirements. Speech Pathology Australia’s classification system is based on the requirements of NASRHP.

The table below provides information on the classification of accreditation that may be awarded and how this relates to the Speech Pathology Australia accreditation process.

Qualification Defintion
Qualifying The QUALIFYING classification is awarded to new Programs that are seeking accreditation for the first time and have not yet undergone accreditation evaluation. During this qualifying period, graduate cohorts are ineligible for certified practising membership of Speech Pathology Australia. Annual reports which detail Program development are required.
Full FULL accreditation is awarded to Programs that demonstrate that students achieve the Entry Level standards as specified in the Competency Based Occupational Standards (CBOS, 2011, revised 2017) and that the Program has the appropriate governance, curricula planning and review processes, resources and staffing profile to maintain these standards. The maximum accreditation period is five years. Annual reports which detail enacted and anticipated changes, modifications or additions to the Program are required.
Provisional PROVISIONAL accreditation is awarded when a Program achieves accreditation for the first time. New Programs must be awarded Provisional accreditation prior to the first cohort graduating so that this cohort is eligible for practising membership of Speech Pathology Australia. Provisional accreditation is valid for up to two years, the duration of which will be specified when awarded. This means students who are expected to graduate in years beyond the Provisional term are not guaranteed eligibility for certified practising membership of Speech Pathology Australia. A university program awarded Provisional accreditation must therefore undergo a re-accreditation before the end of the Provisional period and subsequently be awarded FULL accreditation or Conditional accreditation to ensure graduates outside the Provisional accreditation period will be eligible for certified practising membership of Speech Pathology Australia. Annual reports which detail enacted and anticipated changes, modifications or additions to the Program are required.
Provisional with conditions PROVISIONAL accreditation WITH CONDITIONS is awarded when a new Program substantially meets the requirements of Provisional accreditation but has identified areas of deficit or weakness which can be addressed within a specified, reasonable period of time. Speech Pathology Australia will set a date by which the specified conditions must be met. The Program must subsequently be re-assessed by Speech Pathology Australia Accreditors as meeting the requirements for provisional accreditation (without conditions) or the program will be awarded a NOT ACCREDITED status.
Conditional CONDITIONAL accreditation is awarded when a Program that has previously achieved FULL or PROVISIONAL accreditation substantially meets the requirements for FULL or PROVISIONAL accreditation but has identified areas of deficit or weakness which can be addressed within a specified, reasonable period of time. Speech Pathology Australia will set a date by which specified conditions must be met, the absolute maximum period being two years. Speech Pathology Australia must then determine if the Program meets the requirements for accreditation. If the university fails to comply with the specified requirements within the specified timeline, accreditation may be withheld, or the Program awarded a NOT ACCREDITED status. Annual reports which detail enacted and anticipated changes, modifications or additions to the Program are required.
Non Accedited NOT ACCREDITED is awarded when a Program does not meet the requirements of FULL, PROVISIONAL (without conditions) or CONDITIONAL accreditation and the Program is assessed as having deficiencies or weaknesses which cannot be addressed within a reasonable period of time by imposing conditions, or the university has not provided Speech Pathology Australia with evidence that students achieve the Entry Level standards as specified in the Competency Based Occupational Standards (CBOS) and/or that the Program does not have the appropriate governance, curricula planning and review processes, resources and staffing profile to maintain these standards.

 

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