Add one or more course of study on CRICOS

Providers may add courses to their CRICOS registration.

The requirements of the TEQSA Act, the ESOS Act, the National Code and, if applicable, the National Standards for Foundation Programs and the ELICOS National Standards, must be met for any courses specified in the application. Providers must have their higher education courses accredited by TEQSA (non-SAA providers) or the relevant authority (SAA providers) before they can include them in their CRICOS registration application. Applications for adding higher education courses may be made concurrently with an application for higher education course accreditation, providing that the applicant is a higher education provider registered under the TEQSA Act.

Application process

Application documents are available on the forms and guides page. The application must be submitted in the approved form, include all information requested by TEQSA.

There are separate application forms for:

  • Foundation Programs
  • ELICOS courses of study

Changing Course details for a course that is already registered on CRICOS, e.g. Name, Duration or Level

Some principles to follow when changing course details are:

A new course must be registered where:

there are changes to the title of a course which reflect significant changes to the outcome of the course.

  • any change to the content or delivery mode of the course, especially where it results in a change to Duration.
  • any significant change to the course field of study.
  • any change to the course level. 

This activity requires an application to add a new course on CRICOS. 

An existing course can be updated where:

  • there was a typo in the initial data entry, e.g. corrections to name, level or duration etc. are acceptable.  
  • there is a name change but no change to the outcomes of the course. E.g. Diploma in X to Diploma of X is acceptable.
  • changes to course costs.
  • the field of study is being updated to better align with the ASCED classification system.

CRICOS registration of courses with specialisations

Accurate and transparent information on CRICOS supports key objectives of the ESOS Act relating to the protection of consumer interests, the reputation of Australia’s education sector, and student visa integrity.

TEQSA has worked with higher education providers with a view to allowing greater flexibility in the way these courses are registered on CRICOS while still meeting ESOS objectives.

Providers must continue to separately register specialist courses which have a distinct course structure and concentration of study and where the specialisation leads to specific professional or accreditation outcomes.

TEQSA has now determined that specialisations can be registered as a single course of study on CRICOS, if all pathways through the course lead to the same award and share all of the characteristics required under ESOS. These characteristics are:

  • qualification level
  • broad field of education
  • course duration
  • course location
  • any work-based components; and
  • an estimate of course costs (this may be an average of a cost range).

The specialisation in this case is not included in the award title but may or may not be included on the testamur, for example, a Bachelor of Arts with specialisation options.

When applying to add a single course with more than one specialisation to CRICOS providers will be required to demonstrate these characteristics (as part of course accreditation or by confirmation of internal processes for providers with self-accrediting authority).

It is important to note that CRICOS registration is a separate process to course accreditation under the TEQSA Act. For the purposes of accrediting awards with multiple specialisations, each specialisation will be assessed separately to ensure that each is a coherent course of study. 

This is consistent with TEQSA’s regulatory approach to course accreditation and renewal of accreditation.

If you would like further information about specialisations, please contact your Case Manager.