Accreditation ensures the quality of the psychology profession on behalf of public interest and public safety. It involves comprehensively examining education providers and their programs of study against relevant accreditation standards.
Education providers of psychology programs are subject to an accreditation process against the Accreditation Standards to ensure adequate standards of education for psychologists and the ongoing improvement of educational quality in the psychology discipline.
Accreditation is a process of assessment of programs of study in psychology (and of the higher education provider offering them) against the APAC Standards. APAC considers accreditation as a process based on self and peer-assessment for the purpose of publicly and openly assuring adequate standards of education for psychologists and the constant improvement of educational quality in the psychology discipline.
APAC accepts applications from recognised higher education providers offering appropriate qualifications in psychology and request that education providers make themselves familiar with the information on this website, in particular the accreditation process and the more detailed APAC Rules for Accreditation, before contacting APAC for advice.
An education provider may be granted the following accreditation status:
- Accreditation without Conditions
- Accreditation with Conditions
- Accreditation Revoked
- Accreditation Expired
Any application for accreditation of a new education provider or program of study which is unsuccessful in gaining Accreditation without Conditions, or Accreditation with Conditions, will have no accreditation status.
See pages 8 to 10 of the APAC Rules for Accreditation for more information.
College course approval is conducted by the Australian Psychological Society and consists of assessing specialist postgraduate courses against the APS College Course Approval Guidelines for Postgraduate Specialist Courses to determine if they meet the training requirements for membership of the relevant APS College. The relevant Guidelines and application materials are available from the APS.