Tutors in Australia can now be accredited by an industry-based certification endorsed by the Australian Tutoring Association (ATA).
This is an important step in raising standards and in providing parents with choice.
Promote yourself and find more students. Members who have completed their accreditation will appear first in search results on the
Verify your tutoring abilities and specialisations. Get the recognition you deserve with a framework and training content that has been widely
Improve the standard of tutoring in Australia. Accreditation incorporates a national background check, as well as content-specific core units for
Premium accreditation is also available for tutoring businesses that meet certain criteria, including a minimum of five tutors who are each
On 18 July 2013 the ATA Board ratified the use of Accredited Tutor as the partner who would assist in the roll out of an accreditation in the Australian market. The notion of accreditation has now been mooted for over 4 years and is widely seen as an essential component of responsible self-regulation where standards matter. ATA members were widely consulted throughout and their feedback has been incorporated into the final model accepted by the ATA Board. The ATA will recognise the accreditation as valid in this market.
The Australian model for tutor accreditation has set a global standard. The only other nation with an industry-based accreditation is the USA. The Australian model incorporates a national background police check as well as content specific core units for tutors. Over time additional specialist options shall be added.
The Australian model mirrors the delivery mode increasingly used by universities through harnessing the use of on-line technologies to deliver the accreditation. This means that accessibility is not an issue.
Tutors in Australia can now be accredited by an industry-based certification endorsed by the Australian Tutoring Association (ATA). This is an important step in raising standards and in providing parents with choice.
ATA CEO Mohan Dhall identified three aspects to responsible self-regulation:
- An industry body with a Code of Conduct applicable to members.
- A capacity to discipline members who breach the Code.
- A system of accreditation that benchmarks best practise standards within the sector
The ATA Board recognised some years ago that the industry needed a form of accreditation to add to complete the essential aspects of self-regulation. The Australian model aims to help raise national standards and to vest confidence in the industry. It is very important that parents and their children be given more information so that they can make informed choices. Parents who take on a tutor for their child are advised to only use ATA members and to hold ALL tutors accountable to the ATA Code of Conduct.
Only one other country has accreditation – the USA. There are two models applied there: a very low level rubber stamping run by a private business and an expensive, labour-intensive model recognised by one of the industry groups that is not widely taken up.
Completing Your Accreditation
All ATA members are expected to complete the requirements for accreditation. When members join they are denoted as “pending accreditation”. This is because after making the membership payment the member is required to contact Accredited Tutor and provide evidence of their teaching qualification, working with children clearance, and any other specific information required to verify who you are, your qualifications and experience. Once this is done, Accredited Tutor will notify the ATA and advise us to change your “pending accreditation” to “Accredited”.
Non-teachers need to do the training units provided by Accredited Tutor in order to be classified as “Accredited”. This requires contacting Accredited Tutor and enrolling in and successfully completing both a literacy test and the five training units. All of these can be completed online and they take 2-3 hours each (or less).
This denotes that the member has either not contacted Accredited Tutor or has not provided evidence of teaching or other required information. It can also mean that a non-teacher has not done the Accreditation units.
The ATA expects all members to be Accredited. Our search function has been designed to preference and prioritise members who have completed their Accreditation over those who have not completed Accreditation. Accordingly, Accredited members appear first in searches and pending members appear lower down.
How do I change my “Pending status”?
By contacting Accredited Tutor and either do the training, or show evidence of teaching qualification and other information they require
Only businesses can obtain the “premium accreditation” status. If business with five employees or more opt to get all their tutors Accredited, they will be denoted as “Premium Accredited”. These business adhere to the highest professional standards in the industry. They are ranked first on any search. It is only available to businesses with FIVE (5) or more tutors where each of the tutors within the organisation is accredited.
AccreditedTutor in conjunction with the Australian Tutoring Association (ATA) offers Premium Accreditation for tutoring businesses that meet the following requirements:
- The business employs FIVE (5) or more tutors.
- The business purchases and maintains ATA membership for the business
- The business complies with the ATAs Code of Conduct and any supplements to the Code for ATA member businesses
- The business requires that all tutors working for the business are accredited (or are in the process of completing their tutor accreditation) by AccreditedTutor and comply with the rules of accreditation.
The benefits of premium accreditation include:
- All of your tutors will be independently accredited, which requires that AccreditedTutor verify their police background check / working with children credentials (and ensures these remain current), verify their education and qualifications, confirm their teaching qualifications or their completion of the tutor training course developed by the ATA as a component of accreditation for non-teachers.
- Your business will be promoted and given prime placement as a premium accreditation business on the ATA website
- You can promote your business as a Premium Accredited business
- You can access discounted rates for accreditation of your tutors.
If you would like to discuss purchasing premium accreditation for your tutoring business, please call 1300 309 460, or email [email protected]
The accreditation framework and training content has been reviewed and endorsed by a number of independent professional educators and industry experts, and approved by all directors of the Australian Tutoring Association (ATA) Ltd.
Disclosure of minority shareholding
As consideration for their time and effort in developing the content to be used in delivering the tutor accreditation service, a small share allocation in Accredited Tutor has been made to Mohan Dhall (ATA CEO) and Storm McGrath (Board Member). Mohan and Storm have disclosed this to the ATA Board and it is documented in Board minutes and has been accepted by the ATA Board.
Allocation of profits to ATA
Mohan has an arrangement with the ATA Board to allocate any and all profits to which he may be entitled for any tutors accredited in Australia (both ATA members and non-ATA members) to the ATA for the advancement of the not-for-profit peak body. Similarly, Storm has an arrangement with the ATA Board to allocate any and all profits to which he may be entitled for any tutors accredited in Australia (both ATA members and non-ATA members) to any charity that the ATA sets up. In this way there is no material or personal interest in promoting the accreditation of tutors in Australia.