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TEQSA Guidance Note: Equivalence of professional experience to academic qualifications

Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2011
1 October 2013

NOTE: This Guidance Note is related to the requirements of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2011 which are no longer in force. 


The Provider Course Accreditation Standards (specifically 4.2) require registered higher education providers to ensure that academic staff appointed to teach students are appropriately qualified in the relevant discipline for their level of teaching. In particular, the Threshold Standards specify that academic teaching staff must be qualified to at least one AQF qualification level higher than the course of study being taught, or have equivalent professional experience. This Guidance Note explains how TEQSA addresses this requirement in line with the Threshold Standards.

The qualifications and experience of staff in the organisation as a whole may also be assessed by TEQSA under Provider Registration Standard 5 (specifically 5.1 and 5.2).

This Guidance Note is designed to assist providers when developing or reviewing a formal approach to determining, where required, the equivalence of professional experience of current and/or prospective academic staff who do not hold a qualification at least one AQF level higher than the course of study being (or proposed to be) taught.

Other Guidance Notes provide some complementary guidance on the staff profile itself, especially those on Academic Leadership and Workforce Planning.