Applying for Qualifying Accreditation

Participation in the qualifying accreditation process is a prerequisite for courses intended to be submitted for consideration of full accreditation. An application for qualifying accreditation must submitted at least 12 months before students are first enrolled into a course.

Education providers must liaise with the Course Accreditation Manager at least six weeks before they wish to submit a qualifying accreditation application, to organise a mutually agreeable date for the qualifying application to be submitted.

Before submitting an application for qualifying accreditation, education providers must ensure they have read and understood the Course Accreditation documents outlined below:

Course Accreditation Guide  
Appendices (Exercise Science Standards and AEP Professional Standards)
Practicum Standards 

From 1 January 2023 

Course Accreditation Requirements
Course Accreditation Standards 

Full payment of the qualifying accreditation application fee must be made when submitting an application for qualifying accreditation. An invoice will be generated upon receipt of the application. Please refer to ESSA’s web page Course Accreditation Fees, which lists all fees associated with course accreditation. 

Online Application Form 

ESSA has developed a new online program to capture all course accreditation applications and supporting evidence. The program is live and accepting applications for all accreditation types. Education providers are required to liaise with the Course accreditation Manager at least six weeks before application is to be submitted. 

Click the link below to register and access the online application form.

Apply Online


*Hardcopy application forms will be accepted until 1 January 2024. If you wish to submit a hardcopy after this date, contact [email protected].  

If you require IT support for this program email – [email protected]. 


2022 Applications Documents

Qualifying Accreditation Application Form
Template A1 - ES Mapping
Template A2 - EP Mapping
Template B - Unit Information
Template C - Assessment Matrix
Template D - Staff Profile