What Is CRICOS?
CRICOS stands for the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. It is the official certification for all education providers in Australia who wish to teach international students living in Australia. You can get more information about registering on the official website of CRICOS.
Before applying for CRICOS registration, it is important for education providers to familiarise themselves with ESOS Act (Education Services for Overseas Students) and the National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018.
How To Apply?
To apply for CRICOS registration, education providers need to fill out the online application form. Applicants will need to contact email@example.com to get access to the TEQSA portal. Make sure to make your application clear and well organised, so you have better chances of getting registered for CRICOS. You must submit the application form in the advised format on the portal and include all the required information accompanied by the fee.
The assessment of your application can take between six to nine months, and this assessment has four stages;
Stage 1: Your application will be assessed to check whether you have submitted all the required documents or not; if something seems to be missing, the authorities will contact you to complete your application form.
Stage 2: Once you have paid your application fee, the authorities will review the evidence you have provided in your application and create a report. Based on the report, you might be able to meet them and acknowledge any problems found in the application.
Stage 3: In the third stage, your organisation will be visited to check whether you have sufficient resources to be able to deliver training to overseas students or not. The authorities will check the integrity of your marketing material, how to maintain attendance and progress of your students in the expected timeframe, how international students will be included in your program, and whether you have appropriate staff to fulfil the requirements of the standard.
Stage 4: After all these assessments are done, the final decision for your application is made. Once your registration is completed, you can start offering courses to international students.
Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, also known as TEQSA, is an agency under the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000. This agency is a part of the ESOS Act for higher education providers, ELICOS delivered by those higher education providers, and the providers for foundation programs except for schools.
For all these education providers, TEQSA is responsible for:
- Application, registration, and re-registration of CRICOS for providers and courses.
- Maintaining compliance with the ESOS Act and the National Code.
- Taking action if any compliance gets noticed by the authorities.
- Assessing other CRICOS applications like changing the delivery site or adding or removing courses.
Only the Registered Training Organisation can apply and become CRICOS with TEQSA, and this registration period cannot exceed seven years.
Adding New Courses
Marketing new courses while undergoing the CRICOS registration cannot happen unless the course you wish to add is also registered with CRICOS. Adding any course without registration can be considered a breach of Section 8 in the ESOS Act and can be misleading; it might cause you problems with your business, and the consequence can go as far as getting suspended. Higher education providers must not market a product that is not registered for delivery at the location of CRICOS.
For Further Information
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