Click on the links below or scroll down for answers to the most commonly asked questions about Course Accreditation. Please also see the CAS documents page, where all our documentation is available for download.
NHAA Course Accreditation is a partnership between your institution and the Naturopaths & Herbalists Association of Australia; a partnership built on the common goal of striving for the highest quality of herbal medicine education.
Your course(s) potentially gain recognition with the oldest complementary medicine association in Australia, and the only specialised national association for professional herbalists. Your students will have access to the resources, support and recognition provided by the NHAA. And the standard of herbal medicine training in Australia, now and in the future, is assured.
Upon successful awarding of Course Accreditation, your institution will receive numerous benefits. In order to maintain accreditation, the course will be required to undergo a Reaccreditation process every four years.
It should be noted that NHAA Accreditation is course dependant. The policy of the NHAA is not to accredit teaching institutions, but rather to examine and accredit individual courses on their individual merits. Thus your institution may be required to submit multiple accreditation applications if you wish to gain NHAA Accredited Status for each course.
Firstly your course is recognised as meeting the highest standards of herbal education in the country. Additionally there are a range of other benefits:
The NHAA is happy to accept Naturopathy courses with a significant herbal component, provided the herbal component meets our Standards.
The National Health Training Packages (HTPs) as outlined by the Australian National Training Authority, are a set of guidelines in regards to areas of competency in various sections of the health care profession, including herbal medicine. The NHAA believes that the existence of such a set of guidelines can only be beneficial to the profession in the long term.
However in their current form, we believe that these Training Packages do not provide training institutions with enough direction in regards to course content. We are also of the opinion that there remain some deficiencies. For both of these reasons we have formed our own Course Accreditation System.
You will notice areas of crossover between the training requirements of the NHAA and the competencies as outlined in the Training Packages. Where possible we have tried to indicate these similarities to make your task of meeting both the NHAA and the Health Training Package requirements easier.
The NHAA Curriculum takes a slightly different approach to the description of education requirements than the HTPs. The HTPs are designed for the VET sector, with emphasis on "competencies" rather than knowledge and concepts (such as philosophy). Although there are certain strengths to this system, there are also weaknesses especially within the context of university education. For these reasons the way our requirements are described and formatted is different, but complementary to the systems found in the HTPs.
To make an application for NHAA Course Accreditation, you need to download and complete the documentation available on this website. All documents can be found on the CAS Documents page.
The evaluation of Applications is conducted by the Examiners, a subcommittee of the Board of the NHAA.
A Contact Examiner will be appointed for your application, who will be responsible for directing the Examiners in the process of evaluating the application and determining its suitability for Accreditation. If necessary, the Contact Examiner may be in contact with your institution to clarify points, or request further documentation to support your application.
Submissions are accepted at any time of the year.
The fees for NHAA Course Accreditation are very generous.
Application Fee: $250 (GST inclusive) - non-refundable, payable upon application.
Accreditation Fee: $750 (GST inclusive) - 4 year duration, payable upon application, refundable in the event of an unsuccessful application.
Once successful, a course is Accredited for 4 years. Towards the end of the 4 years you will be contacted with information regarding reaccreditation.