Registration Committee

The Quality Assurance Committee is a Committee of the VQA Board which evaluates applications for registration, course accreditation and approval to deliver against the relevant VQAF standards and criteria and develops a recommendation for the outcome to the VQA Board or the CEO of the VQA, depending on the type of application.

The Committee is normally made up of six (6) members as follows:

  • One member of the VQA Board;
  • Two members who have expertise in Education and Training; and
  • Three members normally selected from the established Industry Skills Council or from professional bodies where appropriate. For course accreditation applications for courses at level 5 or above which have not been accredited overseas, one or two these members will be academic leaders with experience in leading and/or accrediting courses at this level and in the particular field. One of the academic leaders must be from an overseas institution of higher education. 

On a case-by-case basis, the VQA may engage one or more additional external specialists to participate in the Quality Assurance Committee to ensure sufficient expertise across the Committee members to make a judgement on the application.

The Committee chairperson is elected amongst the Committee members.

A VQA Quality Assurance and Compliance Division staff member attends the Committee’s meeting as secretary to the Committee and to provide advice and clarifications as required.

Collectively, the Quality Assurance Committee members should have the following characteristics:

  • Expertise in the field or discipline which corresponds to the scope of the   application;
  • At least 10 years’ relevant experience in industry, commerce, the community or a profession, related to the field of the course for which accreditation is sought;  
  • Experience, expertise and familiarity with current practice and developments in teaching, learning and assessment (and, for degrees and postgraduate courses, research supervision and examination) at the level of the proposed course;
  • The ability to make impartial judgments on the comparability of the course with similar ones offered elsewhere in Vanuatu and overseas; and,
  • Familiarity with good practice in quality assurance.

Committee members are appointed by the VQA Board on the terms and conditions detailed in the VQA Board Manual.

  • Three members normally selected from the established Industry Skills Council or from professional bodies where appropriate. However, for accreditation applications for courses at level 5 or above which have not been accredited overseas, one or two these members will be academic leaders with experience in leading and/or accrediting courses at this level and in the particular field. One of the academic leaders must be from an overseas institution of higher education. 

On a case-by-case basis, the VQA may engage one or more additional external specialists to participate in the Quality Assurance Committee to ensure sufficient expertise across the Committee members to make a judgement on the application.

The Committee chairperson is elected amongst the Committee members.

A VQA Quality Assurance and Compliance Division staff member attends the Committee’s meeting as secretary to the Committee and to provide advice and clarifications as required.

Collectively, the Quality Assurance Committee members should have the following characteristics:

  • Expertise in the field or discipline which corresponds to the scope of the   application;
  • At least 10 years’ relevant experience in industry, commerce, the community or a profession, related to the field of the course for which accreditation is sought;  
  • Experience, expertise and familiarity with current practice and developments in teaching, learning and assessment (and, for degrees and postgraduate courses, research supervision and examination) at the level of the proposed course;
  • The ability to make impartial judgments on the comparability of the course with similar ones offered elsewhere in Vanuatu and overseas; and,
  • Familiarity with good practice in quality assurance.

Committee members are appointed by the VQA Board on the terms and conditions detailed in the VQA Board Manual.