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Apply for NUCAP accreditation

Full accreditation is awarded to a higher education course that has been assessed to meet all NUCAP requirements.  An accreditation application can only be submitted when an academic unit has students undertaking the course (as it appears in the application) who are in their final year of study. In this year, a site visit may occur when students have completed at least 50% of their final semester.

The review team cannot conduct a site visit before this point because they are expected, among other requirements, to interview two students from each cohort to discuss matters relating to unit content and preparation for practicum. They are also required to speak with an appropriately represented group of practicum supervisors who can provide feedback on a range of practicum issues, including the skills and knowledge that the students are bringing into their work site.

When to submit an application

There are two common due dates for the submission of applications for course accreditation. These dates are the 31 January and 31 July of each year. For NUCAP to schedule the review of an application, applicants must contact the Accreditation Manager at least four months before submitting an application. 

Please click here to download NUCAP’s Policies, Procedures and Application Form.

NUCAP fees

2016 fees for full accreditation of a course

Accreditation fees are reviewed annually. Please note that the review of the application will not begin until full payment is received.

Accreditation level Fee* (including GST)
Exercise science application $31.400
Postgraduate exercise physiology application $31,400
Exercise physiology application (including cost of exercise science application) $32,000
Additional course applications that are submitted concurrently (per additional application) $1,262
Additional cost for accrediting a second campus if application (s) similar and submitted concurrently $8,865
Re-accreditation Full fees

The fees outlined above are based on a cost recovery model. Fees received for accreditation are used for NUCAP’s operational expenses only and do not support any other business activities of ESSA. Audited financial statements are available upon request and can be attained through the ESSA Chief Executive Officer. ESSA will endeavour to prevent annual fee increases. However, academic units are encouraged to budget for increases in line with the annual consumer price index (CPI).

Payment of the accreditation application fee

A non-refundable deposit equivalent to 10% of the total application fee is payable two months before the application is submitted. The Accreditation Manager will provide the academic unit with an in invoice for the 10% deposit payment. The application fee balance is due at the time that the application is submitted. Once the application submission has been received, the Accreditation Manager will provide the academic unit with an invoice for the application fee balance. Application reviews will only commence once accreditation application fees have been paid in full. NUCAP takes no responsibility for delays that may occur in processing an application if an application fee is not paid timely.  Incomplete applications will be returned and will incur an additional administrative fee of $600.