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
Accreditation Fees are charged per University each year. 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.