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Course Accreditation

Accreditation processes have been implemented in line with broad and general international accreditation requirements in vocational and teritiary education. Accreditation is non-leglisated which means our organisation does not authorise accreditation of courses under any parameters set by government departments. IARC operates on an international platform.

Recognition and Accreditation

Recognition is granted to schools and institutions that meet membership requirements, whereas accreditation is only granted to specific courses that meet course accreditation requirements. Not all of a school’s courses may be accredited. IARC membership does not automatically confer to the accredited status of the courses offered by that member school. Please be aware that not all accredited courses are listed on this website due to the high number of courses and qualification provided by our members. If you would like to enquire about the accreditation status of a particular course which may not listed, please contact us for clarification or further information.

The Accreditation Process

A school seeking to have a course or courses accredited by the IARC may lodge an application with their application for IARC membership (recognition), or can apply for course accreditation separately to any membership application. An application for accreditation may be made for more than one course, however documentation must be provided for each course.

When an application for course accreditation is received, the indicated course(s) will be assessed by the IARC Executive Committee and IARC International Representatives from the relevant discipline.

Those courses deemed to have met IARC accreditation requirements will be listed as accredited on the members webpage. These can then be promoted as IARC accredited courses. The onus is on each member to promote their courses on their own page on this website and to indicate which of their courses are accredited.

Accreditation Application Requirements

Accredited courses must meet the criteria listed below regarding course content, duration, assessment, and teaching staff.

To apply for accreditation for a course, submit an accreditation application form and relevant supporting documentation for each course, including:

  • course details, including course title and level of qualification (select from the levels of qualification used by IARC, which may not be those used in the systems).
  • outline of course content or course syllabus (an outline must at least include titles and aims for each lesson, module or course).
  • course duration and timeframe (course duration can include minimal or average class or tutor contact hours, and hours of experience or practice required for graduation).
  • names and qualifications of designated teachers for the course.
Please note that course information must be on official stationary or in the handbook or course promotional material or on the school website (provide the relevant webpage addresses). 

Accreditation Application Fee

If the application for accreditation is made concurrent with the application for membership, or within 30 days from the date that IARC membership is granted, no fee is required. If the application for accreditation is made over 30 days from the granting of membership, an application fee of $200 AUD must accompany the application.

Accreditation for Existing Members

Current members whose courses meet the above requirements and who list them as accredited on the website must notify the Secretary.

Please note that the IARC does not recognise a course as accredited unless it is listed on this website.

Download application for accreditation form


Information supplied is for the public benefit and for the best interests of the International Accreditation and Recognition Council (IARC), its members and its affiliates. It is not to be regarded as, or employed for, advice in any matter. IARC disclaims any, and all, liability arising in relation to any and all act/s and/or omission/s which relate to, or which is/are derived from, the contents of this website. While every effort is made to ensure that IARC displays correct information on its website, errors can occur. IARC disclaims any and all liability and/or responsibility for orders or complaints arising from such errors, including (but not limited to) fees, course requirements and membership details.