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Reasons to Choose an APAC-accredited Course

The accreditation process ensures that standards of education and training in psychology offered by higher education providers are high and are rigorously maintained. Students must complete courses which are first accredited by APAC and then subsequently approved by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) to be eligible for registration as a psychologist.

APAC accredits psychology courses and works with higher education providers to ensure continuous improvement of quality. This ensures that the courses:

  • are evidence-based;
  • are up-to-date;
  • are high quality;
  • produce graduates with strong psychological literacy and a commitment to lifelong learning;
  • where applicable, provide graduates with a suitable level of competencies to enter the psychology profession.

APAC conducts a program of auditing and monitoring of accredited higher education providers to ensure standards are maintained.

Please note: PsyBA has determined that it cannot approve overseas programs which are APAC accredited as being on its register of recognised programs. Students who have completed overseas APAC accredited qualifications will need to get their qualifications assessed through the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Please refer to APS website for their assessment process.

Importantly, the PsyBA has also advised that applicants for registration in Australia who have taken overseas APAC accredited programs will apply in the normal way (i.e. through PsyBA direct for their provisional registration to enable them to take up postgraduate studies) as overseas applicants, and will have a “streamlined assessment due to possessing accredited qualifications”.