Applying for Course Accreditation.

The assessment and accreditation of post-graduate mental health nursing programs is a collaborative approach between the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) in collaboration with the educational institutions delivering the programs and other industry stakeholders. It is based on a combination of educational institutional assessment and external peer review. The conduct of the accreditation process and the associated policies is consistent with the Australian Standards for Professional Accreditation Processes (2008) and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) Quality Framework for the Accreditation function.


Which programs are eligible for Accreditation?

An existing postgraduate mental health nursing program is eligible for accreditation for a period of five years, providing no major changes are made to the program during that time. Accreditation will be granted upon successful review following the satisfaction of criteria for eligibility - which includes successfully meeting the educational standards of Guideline 3 (in the Professional Standards & Guidelines document), successfully mapping the pgoram agasint the National Framework, Standards and Benchmarks, demonstrating that it meets all eligibility criteria; and, providing evidence from a cohort of graduates. A site visit will be required to finalise the application process.

Site Visit

A two day site visit will be required for the finalisation of your accreditation application. When you decide to undertake an application, please contact the ACMHN to discuss the application submission date and site visit timeframe. It is best to allocate a minimum of 8-12 weeks to complete the application.


What's in it for the University?

As you might imagine, we get a lot of enquiries about what is a good postgraduate mental health nursing course to do and which courses will definitely meet the qualification criterion for credentialing. Until the development of the framework and the accreditation process, we were not able to make any specific recommendations. However, courses that are accredited by the ACMHN are actively promoted by the College as the only postgraduate mental health nursing programs we can recommend.

We will direct prospective students to your website and actively promote your course to our membership and anyone who contacts us for advice about which course they should choose. 


I utilised the accreditation framework to design and then build a new PG MHN course. The framework informed me on the core MHN content, values and learning outcomes whilst also permitting sufficient flexibility to have the course reflect the ambitions and identity of Southern Cross University. The accreditation process was a simple process that acted as a quality check of the work undertaken.

Dr John Hurley SCU.



 You will need the following documentation for your application:

Application Process

  1. Download and read through the above documentation.
  2. Contact the ACMHN to discuss your application with the ACMHN Accreditation Coordinator (Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), together setting a date for application submission and tentative dates for the Site Visit.
  3. Liaise with the ACMHN Accreditation Coordinator as you collate the evidence for your application, particularly if you have any questions or need to amend your submission date.
  4. Submit your application by the due date along with the appropriate fee.
  5. Confirm details for the site visit. Prepare the agenda for the site visit in collaboration with the ACMHN Accreditation Coordinator.
  6. Participate in the Site Visit.
  7. Receive draft report from the ACMHN Accreditation Coordinator and provide any feedback/amendments.
  8. The ACMHN Accreditation Committee make recommendations to the ACMHN Board of Directors.
  9. Receive advice from the ACMHN Accreditation Coordinator about the status of your application.
  10. Accredited programs promoted on the ACMHN website and ACMHN accreditation logo may be used to promote the program on university website.


2016 Fee Schedule for Accreditation

First application & Site Visit       $15,000
Subsequent applications with no major changes and no site visit required $10,000
Subsequent application with major changes and site visit required $15,000
Appeals Process $1000

(1) The Accreditation schedule of fees is for courses leading to post-graduate diploma or Masters of Mental Health Nursing. In the case of Masters degrees that have an embedded post-graduate component, both will be accredited.

(2) All expenses associated with the Site Visit, including travel and accommodation of the Site Evaluation Team will be the cost of the University.

(3) Application fees can be invoiced on a per-annum basis over the duration of accreditation. E.g. For first application and site visit, the agreement will allow for an annual payment of $3,000 for a five year period.