Governance

Policies and procedures

Policy No.
UP11/41
Function
Student Administration
Authoring Organisational Unit
Student Administration - Student Services
Date Approved
06/12/2005 Revised 06/12/2011
Next Review Date
08/01/2016
Approving Body
Academic Council

The University of Western Australia

University Policy on: Certification for non-award courses

Purpose of the policy and summary of issues it addresses:

This policy deals with awarding certificates for non-award courses.

In the context of maintaining the Universitys reputation as a university of the highest international standing, the purpose of this policy is to

  • ensure consistency in the standards applying to the awarding by faculties, schools, other academic units or administrative divisions of certificates for non-award courses; and
  • ensure that awarding of certificates for non-award courses does not imply the granting or conferring of any award qualification of the University.

Definitions:

In this policy and any associated procedures,

the University means The University of Western Australia

UWA Extension is a provider of adult and continuing education in Western Australia and part of the community and cultural outreach of The University of Western Australia

non-award courses means courses that do not result in a degree, diploma or certificate established by the Senate, and do not articulate with award courses of the University

Policy statement:

1 Non-award courses

1.1 Faculties, schools and other academic units as well as administrative divisions may offer and provide certification for attendance at or completion of non-award courses.

1.2 Non-award courses usually comprise the equivalent of at least one day's work.

1.3 Courses run under the auspices of UWA Extension are not included under this policy as they are managed separately.

2 Certification for non-award courses

2.1 Certification for non-award courses must not imply the granting of any award or the conferring of any qualification of the University.


2.2 Certification of attendance at or completion of non-award courses at the University is provided:

2.3 Information to be included on the certification of a non-award course is:

2.3.1 where the course has been run as a non-award course by the University:

(i) the University coat of arms (optional) ;

(ii) the name of the faculty/faculties, school(s) or other academic units or administrative divisions presenting the certification;

(iii) the name of the non-award course;

(iv) the name of the person who is the subject of the certification;

(v) the type of certification, for example:

  • Certificate of Participation
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • Certificate of Attendance

This is to recognise that Name attended Name of course and successfully completed all requirements of the Continuing Professional Development Programme.

(vi) the signature of the dean of the faculty/head of school/course co-ordinator or delegate; and

(vii) the date of certification.

2.3.2 where the course has been run as a non-award course by the University in conjunction with another body:

(i) the University coat of arms along with that of the other body (optional);

(ii) the name of the faculty/faculties, school(s) or other academic units or administrative divisions presenting the certification and that of the other body;

(iii) the name of the non-award course;

(iv) the name of the person who is the subject of the certification;

(v) the type of certification, for example,

  • Certificate of Participation
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • Certificate of Attendance

This is to recognise that Name attended Name of course and successfully completed all requirements of the Continuing Professional Development Programme.

(vi) the signature of the dean of the faculty/head of school/course co-ordinator or delegate; and

(vii) the date of certification.

2.3.3 where the course has been run by the University on behalf of another body:


In such cases, the other body is responsible for providing the standard form of certification to be used. This is acceptable so long as it is in accordance with the principle that no certification can imply the granting of any award or the conferring of any qualification of this University.

3 Presentation of a non-award course certificate

3.1 The faculty, school or other academic unit or administrative division may present the certificate:

(a) in person at a ceremony organised by the local area; or

(b) in person during the final class at the completion of the course; or

(c) by posting the certificate.

3.2 Non-award certificates are not presented at a formal graduation ceremony of the University.

Related forms: (Link)

TRIM File No:

F36042, F13544, F4754

Contact position:

Graduation Officer, Student Administration

Related Policies or legislation:

University Policy on: Certification for award courses

Academic Council R105/05