Accreditation of Pedorthic Tertiary Courses
Pedorthic Association of Australia is responsible for accrediting pedorthic tertiary programs in Australia. On completion of an accredited Bachelor of Pedorthics program, ony can apply to be a PAA Certified Pedorthist Custom Maker.
Accreditation of pedorthic courses is essential to ensure that courses are of a standard to promote excellence in graduates, setting a benchmark to ensure graduates have completed the tasks and learning objectives required as a prerequisite to pursuing certification, and assists in protecting the credibility of the pedorthic profession.
PAA establishes an Accreditation Committee to oversee the accreditation proves and provides advice to PAA’s Board of Directors in relation to issues to do with accreditation of a pedorthic tertiary program.
Further information about the Accreditation standards and process can be found in the resource PAA Course Accreditation Standards, and the supplementary resource PAA Competency Standards for Australian Certified Pedorthists.
The fees associated with accreditation of a program are as follows:
Accreditation Assessment: $6000 (including site visit)
Annual Accreditation Fee: $2,500 (ongoing monitoring, annual report from the education provider)
Pedorthic programs are accredited for up to four years. During the accreditation period, the tertiary provider is required to submit an annual report to verify if it continues to meet the accreditation standards. It is also required to notify PAA of any major changes to the program.