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Accreditation standards, evidence guide and rules
APAC Acreditation Standards, effective 1 January 2019View resource
Annexure to the APAC evidence guide: Standard 3 Program of study, criterion 3.8, effective 1 January 2023View resource
APAC Rules of accreditation, effective 27 June 2022View resource
APAC evidence guide v1.3, effective 1 January 2023View resource
Submission for accreditation templateView resource
Site visit schedule templateView resource
Sample curriculum and assessment mappingView resource
Academic staff profile and student:staff ratio calculatorView resource
Introducing APAC’s SSR calculatorWatch video
Additional program title formView resource
Additional campus to an existing program title formView resource
Change of program title formView resource
Notification of a program in teach out or discontinued program formView resource
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Is there a review process if the education provider is not happy with the APAC accreditation determination?An education provider may request an internal review of an APAC accreditation determination of accreditation failed or accreditation withdrawn. For further information on the process, including how to lodge a request for review, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you recognise offshore psychology programs?The Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) does not recognise programs that are delivered entirely outside of Australia on its register of approved programs. This includes overseas-based programs that have been accredited by APAC. The PsyBA considers that approval of programs delivered entirely outside Australia is beyond the scope of its regulatory functions, which are generally limited to Australia. Students who have completed an APAC accredited undergraduate program overseas and wish to apply for entry to an Honours or higher degree program in Australia should make an application directly to their preferred higher education provider. The higher education provider is responsible for determining the admission requirements for their program. Students who have completed an APAC accredited program overseas and wish to apply for entry into the 4+2 or 5+1 internship program or register as a psychologist in Australia should make an application to the PsyBA. For further information, please refer to the overseas qualifications page.
Do all placement supervisors have to be Board approved?Yes, please refer to the APAC evidence guide under criteria 1.7 and 1.8. Please also refer to Appendix 1 in the Accreditation Standards for further details of the Psychology Board of Australia’s supervision requirements.
What are the research requirements for programs at a particular level?Please refer to Appendix 1 in the evidence guide for details of research requirements. Please note, the research requirements align with the Australian Qualifications Framework.
What constitutes a sound rationale for any variation as is referred to in the evidence guide at various points?The move to outcome focussed Accreditation Standards allows providers to focus on evidence that demonstrates that outcomes are achieved rather than relying solely on inputs that assume that outcomes can be achieved. This means that the lists of evidence provided are a guide to how the Standards and graduate competencies can be met and innovation is encouraged. Where variation is applied, education providers will need to consider each situation carefully with a view to ensuring the Standards and graduate competencies are met and, when next subject to assessment, demonstrate that any decisions taken fit within that context. Until APAC conducts a full assessment (whether that be, for example, as part of a cycle accreditation assessment, an out of cycle assessment for a new program, a monitoring site visit etc.), APAC is unable to advise or offer a determination on which rationales for variation may be appropriate as there will be a range of factors to consider as part of the wider picture. An assessment takes into account documentation submitted, information obtained from meetings with staff, students and supervisors, etc. In the first instance, therefore, the onus will be on providers to ensure that all aspects of accredited programs meet the requirements of the Accreditation Standards and graduate competencies.
What’s it like to have your learning and teaching, your facilities and your curriculum examined, and to have staff and students chat with our assessors? Associate Professor Linda Byrne is deputy head of the School of Psychology at Deakin University, where she was a key participant in the assessment process that APAC carried out there in 2020.