The formal recognition of a vocational education and training (VET) course by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), the national VET regulator, or by a state accrediting authority.
ASQA assesses courses for accreditation in accordance with the Standards for VET Accredited Courses 2021, Standards for training packages and the Australian Qualifications Framework.
In Victoria, course accreditation is undertaken by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) in accordance with the requirements set out in the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) standards for accredited courses, the AQTF standards for course accrediting bodies and the Australian Qualifications Framework.
In Western Australia, course accreditation is undertaken by the Accreditation Council (TAC) in accordance with the Standards for VET regulators, the AQTF standards for accredited courses and the VET Act 1996.
Courses can only be considered for accreditation if their outcomes cannot be achieved by existing training packages.