How to engage with ACSA

Department agrees to engage with ACSA.  A ‘lead’ is appointed to act as the main point of contact with ACSA team.

Department fills in the registration form here. ACSA team sets up informal (optional) teleconference to discuss details, practicalities and concerns or issues arising.


Once the department meets the majority of the Priority 1 ACSA standards, and are ready to officially engage, the department is invoiced for services.*  On receipt of payment, agreed term of engagement begins.

*Priority 1 standards are those that must be achieved in order for accreditation to be awarded

Department completes self-assessment and works to close the gaps between current practice and the required standards with the help of an assigned College Guide who is a clinical expert provided by the College.

Once the department assess themselves as compliant with 100% of the Priority 1 ACSA standards, they request an on-site review.  The review team comes to visit the department.


When 100% compliance with Priority 1 standards is confirmed, and after any recommendations are implemented, the department is awarded with an accreditation plaque.


Important information

  • Departments are considered ‘officially engaged’ only when payment is received.
  • College Guides may be selected but are not ‘assigned’ before payment is received.
  • The engaged department will be asked to complete the self-assessment at least twice: once when they first engage, to give the ACSA team (and the College Guide) an idea of what point they are initially at, and again before each review visit.
  • A department should only request a review once they feel that they meet all of the Priority 1 standards. It is the role of the College Guide to assist the department to reach this point.
  • The timeframe for departments to become accredited after becoming ‘officially engaged’ through payment is ultimately at their discretion, however we would generally expect 6–12 months as a realistic timeframe.
  • Each visit is measured on the standards applicable at that time, i.e. if a department requests a visit in April and new standards come out in March, they will be assessed on the new standards. It is the responsibility of the ACSA team, when a department requests a review, to advise that new standards are available for the department in question.
  • Existing accredited departments will have a six-month ‘grace period’ in order to meet the new standards.