ACPAN is pleased to provide an accreditation service for education providers who aim at enhancing the knowledge of the perianaesthesia nurses, leading to improved health outcomes for the community and providing a national benchmark for the perianaesthesia nursing profession. The accreditation process is designed to enable nurses to recognise that ACPAN accredited education providers:
Education activities are defined as courses, workshops, education events, seminars and web resources or eLearning modules.
By accrediting a course, it is granted the following benefits:
Education providers should refer to the following when preparing an application for consideration to ensure that the quality of the education activity submitted meets the requirements of ACPAN.
Education providers applying for accreditation must meet the following criteria:
The education activity will be assessed against the following education endorsement standards before being awarded with ACPAN Accreditation.
The education activity must be relevant to the perianaesthesia nursing profession and must:
The education activity needs to demonstrate learning objectives that reflect what the participant will have learnt by the end of the education activity. These objectives should focus on knowledge, skills and abilities that are relevant to the perianaesthesia nursing profession context to which they are applied.
The education activity must cover topics in line with ACPAN Standards, statements and guidelines and enhance perianaesthesia nursing knowledge in terms of depth, breadth, and scope of knowledge:
CPD hours will be allocated for each education activity based on the information provided for assessment. Education activities must:
Education activities should be developed using sound educational frameworks, curricula and theories, be related to industry standards and must include evidence of evaluation and assessment.
Integral to a perianaesthesia nurses’ role is the ability to critically think and reflect on practice and to analyse evidence and research in relation to their own professional practice and development. The education activity should clearly identify how a perianaesthesia nurse can enhance their critical thinking and analytical skills and should provide opportunities for reflective practice through discussion, activities, quizzes and relevant scenarios.
The organisation must provide an annual report to ACPAN for the purpose of maintaining accreditation. The annual report should be submitted to ACPAN annually and must include:
Log in to the ACPAN website and select “Accreditation” to submit an application. Fill in the online application form. Make sure all fields are completed so all required information is provided, and the approval process is not delayed. You will receive a confirmation of your application by email. The outcome of the application will be forwarded to the person responsible for seeking accreditation. ACPAN will record the details of the submission and will maintain a register of all accredited programs. A list of ACPAN accredited education activities will be available on the ACPAN website.
When applying for accreditation, a declaration must be signed to confirm that the education activity has not been (partly) copied or using tools from any other source without their formal permission. For each education activity, a separate application is required. Accreditation is valid for 3 years.
Applications must be submitted at least 3 months before the education activity is offered. The activities are assessed by the ACPAN accreditation committee chaired by the ACPAN Education Director to ensure high standards of teaching methods and content are met. The review process may take up to 12 weeks. Once your education activity is approved you receive an ACPAN accreditation reference number. You will need this number for reaccreditation.
After 3 years, reaccreditation is possible. You will need to fill in the online reaccreditation application form and fill in the ACPAN accreditation reference number received during the initial application and accreditation. During the reaccreditation process, the information provided during the initial accreditation needs to be updated and evaluation summary needs to be included.
ACPAN will charge an accreditation fee of $500 (+ 10% GST) per education activity every three years and an annual corporate membership fee.
Example: Course evaluation form for use:
Please rate your response to the following scale:
1 = Strongly disagree 2 = Disagree 3 = Unsure 4 = Agree 5 = Strongly agree
|1. The aims of the training were clearly explained|
|2. The learning outcomes were explicit and attainable|
|3. The assessments matched the learning outcomes|
|4. The prerequisite learning resources were useful|
|5. The trainers were organised and prepared|
|6. The trainers had an excellent knowledge of the content|
|7. The trainers were informative and engaging|
|8. The trainers responded to questions with in depth answers|
|9. The trainers provided effective feedback|
|10. The training venue was appropriate for the activities|
|11. The resources were relevant and adequate for the activities|
|12. The content was comprehensive, informative and relevant|
|13. Demonstrations were clear and informative|
|14. It was easy to login and access eLearning (where applicable)|
|15. Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course|
|16. Overall, I feel confident I can transfer the learning to my practice|
|Your feedback is much appreciated and used to improve the course.|
Your feedback is much appreciated and used to improve the course.