Equivalent qualifications list has been updated

03 Feb 2016

From 1 February 2016 changes to the Medical Radiation Practice Board’s Equivalent qualifications list took effect.

The changes saw a large number of historical qualifications removed along with those programs whose qualification level is not equivalent to the qualifications level of an approved program of study.

The Equivalent qualifications list was developed by the Board in the lead up to national registration for medical radiation practitioners from 1 July 2012. The list recognised a range of qualifications that had been accepted for practice in those States and Territories that did not have an established system of practitioner registration. The list enabled specific recognition of qualifications without having to rely on the grandparenting arrangements.

The National Law requires that a qualification for general registration must be substantially equivalent or based on similar competencies to an approved qualification:

  • Approved programs of study must meet a number of criteria including a minimum Australian Qualification Level (AQF level 7), quality assurance arrangements for higher education and professional accreditation of the program of study.
  • In addition the development of Professional capabilities for medical radiation practice in 2013 established a minimum benchmark for practice in the profession. All general registered practitioners, including those from overseas and those returning to practise, are required to demonstrate that they meet the minimal capabilities for practice.

The revised Equivalent qualifications list

The Board has modified the Equivalent qualification list to include programs of study where the arrangements in that jurisdiction substantially meet the arrangements for approved programs of study in Australia.

Longevity of qualifications

The National Law ensures the longevity of practitioner’s qualification where the practitioner has previously been registered in Australia. This means that while the Board will change the content of the Equivalent qualifications list, for those practitioners who have previously been registered with an equivalent qualification, they continue to be qualified for general registration.

The updated Equivalent qualifications list can be viewed on the accreditation page.

 
 
Page reviewed 3/02/2016