Worker accreditation involves the formal recognition that a person is competent to carry out specific tasks. This can involve the requirement of workers to hold a minimum qualification level to be employed in a particular job role, or the registration of a qualified worker with a professional body.
Professional accreditation based on a qualification standard can be a useful workforce development strategy as it:
- provides workers with relevant base level knowledge and skills
- raises the professional profile of the workforce
- provides consistency in the assessment of standards of practice
- can be used as practice benchmarks in quality improvement processes
- contributes to the development of formal career paths
- allows for transportability of skills between jurisdictions and organisations.
Some occupations in the AOD sector such as psychologists and social workers require registration with a relevant professional body. However, only one occupation involves accreditation as an AOD specialist. The Chapter of Addiction Medicine provides an accreditation process for specialists in addiction medicine.
An essential part of any worker accreditation processes involves the establishment of a minimum qualification level. To-date there is no national minimum qualification strategy for AOD specialist workers. Only two jurisdictions (Victoria and the ACT) currently have a minimum qualification strategy for AOD specialist workers.
For more information see the Minimum Qualifications page on this website.