Accreditation submission

What you need to know

Once your steering committee has signed-off the course, it is time to prepare the course accreditation submission.

Use the VRQA Course accreditation template as the basis for your course document.

The course document is the legally recognised specification for the course. It details how the course complies with the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) Standards for Accredited Courses and describes other essential information.

There are 3 sections of the document to complete, plus supporting documentation.

When working on your course document, make sure that:

  • the font used is consistent and easy-to-read (11 pt or larger)
  • a table of contents is included
  • page numbering is used
  • version identification is used
  • different headers or footers are used for each unit, or document part, so that they can be easily identified.

For more information, see:

Structuring your submission

Template section Information to include

A: Copyright and course classification information 


  • copyright
  • type of course (accreditation or re-accreditation)
  • course classification according to the Australian Vocational Education and Training Management Information Statistical Standards (AVETMISS)

B: Course information 


  • details of industry needs
  • course structure
  • entry requirements
  • physical and human resource requirements
  • the rules under which the course may be accessed, delivered, assessed and monitored
  • employability skills summaries

C: Units of competency


  • the units of competency that are contained in the course

Supporting documentation

A range of supporting documentation is required, specifically:

  1. Accreditation submission checklist.
  2. Accreditation advisers' signed declaration of confidentiality and no conflict of interest form.
  3. VRQA-approved accreditation advisers' declaration form.
  4. Signed risk assessment report, if applicable.
  5. Signed minutes of the accreditation panel meeting.
  6. Accreditation advisers' report showing course developer's responses.
  7. Signed course contents endorsement forms.
  8. Minutes of steering committee meetings.
  9. Letters of support for the course, for example from industry, enterprise, education or community groups; employer organisations or professional associations; service skills organisations and other relevant organisations or persons.
  10. Mapping showing where relevant units of competency from training packages are not appropriate (if applicable).
  11. Details of how the skills and knowledge outcomes were developed and validated and how they are reflected in the course.
  12. Approved course concept proposal application and VRQA approval letter.

For the next step in the VET accreditation process, see: