For Universities

Building courses of excellence in exercise and sports science.

The National University Course Accreditation Program (NUCAP) provides universities with a framework to build courses of excellence in exercise and sports science, while aligning graduates with industry knowledge and requirements.

NUCAP-Universities

Reaccrediting your course

Universities are required to submit an application for reaccreditation at the beginning of the final year of current accreditation. Failure to do so may result in a student cohort not being eligible for membership or accreditation through Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA.)

Applying for reaccreditation.

Universities are responsible for submitting their applications for reaccreditation in a timely manner — that is, at the beginning of their final year of accreditation. Failure to do so may result in a student cohort not being eligible for accreditation through ESSA. Completion of the full application and payment of the full fee is necessary for reaccreditation.

If an academic unit believes that only minor changes have been made to their course across the accreditation period, they may apply for a two year extension, after which a full application for accreditation would need to be submitted within a six month period. To obtain an extension, the academic unit is required to write to NUCAP at the beginning of the final year of their accreditation justifying their reasons for applying for the extension. A non-refundable fee of $600 must accompany the application.

NUCAP will then consider the details and determine whether an extension is warranted. Where significant changes are made to either the exercise science criteria (as detailed in section 3 of the NUCAP guidelines) or exercise physiology criteria (as detailed in section 4 of the NUCAP guidelines), which are relevant to the accreditation level applied to the course (eg exercise science), the option for an academic unit to apply for an extension of the accreditation period is not valid.