Pre-accredited programs

Pre-accredited programs are short modular courses designed for learners to gain confidence and skills. They focus on creating pathways to further education and training or a step to employment.

Pre-accredited training has an emphasis on those learners who have not achieved Year 12 or an equivalent qualification. It addresses the particular needs of those adults who have experienced barriers to education in the past and find it difficult to undertake accredited programs as their first step back into education and training.

Pre-accredited program types

  • Employment Skills - Training in basic skills to support work or further learning, such as communications, teamwork and problem solving, job search skills.
  • Vocational Programs - Vocational education that assists people with skills acquisition required for specific occupations to start work, return to work or to change jobs.
  • Adult Literacy and Numeracy - Training in literacy and numeracy skills including teaching English language to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, for example English as an Additional Language (EAL).

Pre-accredited program design

Pre-accredited programs must satisfy the following criteria, which are consistent with the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Student Statistical Data Collection Guidelines:

  • they are locally designed programs in line with the Pre-accredited Quality Framework
  • they are not linked in AVETMISS reporting to a Training Package Qualification or a nationally recognised accredited module or course by use of a nationally recognised accredited course or module code
  • they are not marketed as accredited training. The names and codes of advertised courses or modules must be local
  • they are not assessed for the purpose of award or credit.

Expressions of interest (EOI) are now open for the 2019 pre-accredited training delivery program

The EOI will run from Tuesday 7 August to Monday 10 September 2018.

For more information, including guidelines, eligibility requirements and application template, see:

How to apply for pre-accredited additional hours

  1. Download and read the 2018 Pre Accredited Training Delivery Guidelines (docx - 2 (docx - 2.1mb)
  2. Download the 2018 Expression of Interest Form - Request for Additional Pre-Accredited SCH (docx - 42.96kb)
    • providers should ensure that their Chairperson (or approved delegate) approves any variation. Email this approval to
    • Learn Local providers proposing to vary their Delivery Plan from what was agreed must negotiate the variation and obtain prior approval through the department staff responsible for the delivery area before commencing delivery
    • training delivery and data reporting should match the agreed content in the Delivery Plan.
    • any requests for additional hours will be subject to SCH being available.
  3. Submit the 2018 Request for Additional Pre-Accredited SCH EoI and A-frame course details for new programs i.e. Course Plan for existing courses and Course Plans and Session Plan for new courses to by COB Friday 9 March. Late applications will not be accepted.

Note: All applications will be acknowledged on receipt by department staff. If you have not received a response within 5 working days, contact your regional office to confirm your application has been received. Check your SPAM filters in case emails from the department go astray.

Next steps

  1. You will be advised of the outcome by your regional office in March and a revised Delivery plan will be requested at this time.
  2. No variations are valid until approval has been confirmed by Department staff.
  3. If the variation is approved and includes a change in total hours, or to the distribution of hours by LGA, a revised Service Plan will be issued via SAMs 2.
  4. Once approved by the Department a revised Service Plan will be emailed to your organisation signatory via SAMs 2.  As this is a variation your signatory will have a 5 day window to review and accept the Service Plan, after which SAMS will automatically accept on behalf of your signatory.
  5. Requests for Additional Pre-accredited Student Contact Hours will be subject to the following selection criteria:
    • All proposed delivery should meet the 2018 Pre-accredited Training Delivery Guidelines including the Regional Council Priorities
    • Priority will be given to delivery for courses with a focus on the priority learner cohorts or delivery that is linked to the ACFE Board Strategic Plan
    • Demonstrated appropriate need for the proposed course
    • Capacity to deliver to contract
    • History of delivery/under delivery in the last 3 years will be considered
    • History of accurate reporting of student contact hours in SVTS will be considered

2018 Regional Council Priority Learner Group Advice for Providers

2018 ACFE Board Pre-Accredited Training Delivery Webinar, Allocation Presentation and FAQ

2018 ACFE Board pre-accredited training delivery support grant guidelines

2018 Training Delivery Support Grant Guidelines (docx - 56.4kb)