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ACCREDITATION OF OHS EDUCATION programs

The need for accreditation of professional education programs for generalist OHS professionals was identified as part of the OHS Body of Knowledge Project funded by WorkSafe Victoria. Accreditation of professional education programs for generalist OHS professionals is required to provide a basis for professional certification by recognising educational programs that address the required knowledge and skills for professional certification; and ensure that OHS professional education programs adequately prepare graduates to enter the workplace as an entry-level OHS professional, and optimise industry and community recognition and confidence in OHS professionals.
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Our VISION

for the future

OHS professional education is based on strong scientific and technical concepts,evidenced-informed, delivered by suitably competent persons and so recognised by the profession, government, industry and the community.

our purpose

To contribute to occupational health and safety by facilitating the education of graduates equipped with the knowledge and skills to enter the workplace as effective entry level OHS professionals. The core activity of the Board is through accreditation to recognise those programs that meet standards established by the Board.

OUR Mission

To ensure that OHS professional education is based on educational design and review processes, and delivery of learning appropriate to develop graduates equipped with the knowledge and skills to enter the workplace as an entry-level generalist OHS professional.

OUR VALUES

The work of the Accreditation Board and external and internal relationships are guided by the values of:

Respect

The accreditation process is intended to be constructive and to respect the expertise and academic autonomy of institutions providing OHS professional education. As a corollary, the institutions are expected to be open and transparent in providing all appropriate information to the accreditation process on request

flexibility

The accreditation process recognises that each institution and each program is unique and this is to be valued. Thus, the criteria for accreditation are outcome-based allowing institutions the maximum flexibility in achieving the required standards.

alignment

The accreditation process will, as far as is possible, be aligned with the Higher Education Standards Framework, the Joint Statement of Principles for Professional Accreditation signed by Professions Australia and Universities Australia and internal university review schedules

transparency

The accreditation process will be open to external scrutiny; conducted in a consultative and consensus-building collegiate fashion, transparent and fair, and balance academic priorities with those of the OHS profession.

evidence based

Accreditation policy, criteria and process will be underpinned by evidence-based educational theory and contemporary OHS knowledge and practice.