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Do your academic staff meet the standard?

Monday, July 2 2018

The current Higher Education Standards Framework (HESF2015) requires all HE academic staff to meet three requirements:

1. Knowledge of their discipline informed by continuing scholarship;
2. Skills in contemporary teaching, learning and assessment principles; and
3. A qualification in a relevant discipline at least one level higher than the course they are teaching.

These requirements are quite specific and from what we have observed, many academic staff currently working in the independent HE sector may not comprehensively meet all three.

In response to this regulatory imperative for appropriately qualified and skilled academic staff, Higher Education Leadership Institute (HELI) has recently released its accredited Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Academic Practice especially for the independent higher education sector.

This course is specifically designed for academic staff seeking to undertake further professional development in the areas of HE learning and teaching; curriculum and assessment design; continuing scholarship and online academic practice.

Professional development in these four areas will not only enhance the academic practice of individual staff but also the overall quality, scholarship and regulatory compliance of any tertiary institution.

This course is also relevant to RTOs that are seeking to transition to the HE sector by ensuring that their staff are appropriately qualified and will meet the standards upon application.

Our next course intake commences on 16th July 2018 and we encourage your institution to nominate one or more of your academic staff to undertake the course.

Introductory offer to ACPET members
ACPET members are offered a 20% discount off the standard tuition fees for our July intake. Thereafter, ACPET members will be eligible for an ongoing 10% discount. Just mention ACPET when lodging your Expression of Interest.

Further information
Full details about the course can be found on our website at:

An Expression of Interest to undertake the course can be submitted online at:

If you have any questions you can call us on 1300 00 4354 (1300 00 HELI) or via email at: 

Let HELI help you elevate your academic staff’s higher education
practice and professional development.


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