The New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association is the recognised national body for speech-language therapists. Accreditation and re-accreditation is taken very seriously by the NZSTA. This protects the Public by ensuring graduating speech-language therapists are adequately qualified and maintains the New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association’s commitment to the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA).
The Association grants accreditation to speech-language therapy programs that meet the NZSTA accreditation standards. All New Zealand Universities offering speech-language therapy degrees with professional entry programmes, whether undergraduate or postgraduate-entry, are evaluated against the same standards.
The NZSTA Programme Accreditation Framework serves to:
- Provide an assurance of quality to prospective students
- Inform prospective students for entry to the profession of the standards and range of competencies they must achieve prior to recognition as members of the profession
- Demonstrate internationally the level of competency achieved by New Zealand speech-language therapy students. This international comparability will continue to allow for graduate mobility
- Provide a benchmark against which speech-language therapy qualifications from other countries can be assessed for eligibility for NZSTA membership
- Inform Provider Institutions of the basic requirements of the professional education of speech-language therapists and the level of resources reasonably expected to meet these
- Inform employers of their contribution to the Programme and their responsibilities to entry-level speech-language therapists
- Outline the range and standard of practice employers can expect of entry-level speech-language therapists
- Promote dialogue and support between the Provider Institutions and the NZSTA.
Provider Institutions are accredited against four standards:
- The Aotearoa/New Zealand Context
- Education Progamme Structure
- Clinical Education. The Association permits only those graduates who have achieved the entry level requirements specified in the Competency Based Occupational Standards (CBOS), from a programme that has been awarded accreditation, to be eligible for membership.
- Academic Education
Accreditation Fee Structure
The 2019 Accreditation Fees are $3,500 per University. Additional fees apply for new programmes seeking Accreditation for the first time and for Accreditation Site Visits for Universities with more than one programme being accredited.