Professional accreditation

What is Professional Accreditation?

Professional bodies ensure that certain minimum standards of experience and knowledge are maintained within their profession. They regulate an industry to ensure that only suitably qualified individuals can claim themselves as professionals within it. Part of this regulation is confirming that courses leading to professional qualifications meet their requirements.

In some professions, such as health care, accreditation of courses is mandatory; meaning that if you graduate from a course which is not accredited by the relevant professional body you cannot practice. In other industries, such as management, accreditation is optional.
Being accredited by the professional body guarantees the educational value of the course through the authority endorsing its structure, curriculum and any elective components.

La Trobe University offers a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that hold national and international accreditation. Any La Trobe course that is advertised as being accredited means that the course has already gone through the accreditation process.
While the University makes every effort to ensure the ongoing accreditation of its courses, the decision to accredit courses lies solely with the professional body.

Benefits to Students

By maintaining relevant professional accreditation, La Trobe University is ensuring that you are properly qualified, competent and meet the standards set by your industry.

Career Opportunities

Membership in a professional body can broaden your career options and increase your value to employers, who can be assured of your competence and skill.

How to apply for Professional Registration?

Even though your course may be accredited, in many cases you will also be required to register before you can practice in your new profession. An example of this is teaching: La Trobe’s courses are accredited, but before being allowed to teach, new graduates must also register with the professional body. Similarly, health care professionals have to register personally with the accrediting body before they can practice. Registration is not always mandatory before practicing.

Applying for Professional Registration varies from authority to authority.

For further information on whether you need to professionally register or not, please refer to your Course Coordinator. If you are unsure about who your Subject Coordinator or Course Coordinator is please refer to the Student Handbook. The websites for the various professional bodies should also provide information about registration processes and whether it is mandatory before commencing work.

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies involved with courses at La Trobe include:

AACSB International
Audiology Australia
Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM)
Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association (ANZATA)
Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council
Australian Association of Social Workers
Australian Computer Society
Australian Dental Council Limited (ADC)
Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI)
Australian Marketing Institute
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council
Australian Occupational Health and Safety Education Accreditation Board
Australian Pharmacy Council
Australian Physiotherapy Council
Australian Psychology Accreditation (APAC)
Certified Practising Accountants Australia (CPA)
CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australian and New Zealand Professional Accreditation
EFMD Programme Accreditation System (EPAS)
EFMD Programme Accreditation System (EPAS)
Engineers Australia
National Centre for Prosthetics and Orthotics
Occupational Therapy Council (Australia & New Zealand) Ltd
The Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA)
Victorian Institute of Teaching
Planning Institute of Australia
Public Relations Institute of Australia
Engineers Australia
Australian Dietetics Council
Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)
Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors
Speech Pathology Australia