To maintain and promote high standards of Hand Therapy practice, AHTA courses are overseen by volunteers that sit on the Credentialing Council or Education Committee. These volunteers are Accredited Hand Therapists or have academic positions or expertise in a particular area.
The AHTA uses the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) to develop courses and learning outcomes. The AQF is the policy for regulated qualifications in the Australian education and training system. AQF levels and their criteria indicate the relative autonomy, complexity and depth of achievement required to meet that standard.
AQF level 1 (Certificate 1) has the lowest complexity and AQF level 10 (Doctoral Degree) has the highest complexity. For more information on AQF refer to the website at this link.
AHTA core and elective courses contain learning outcomes that strive to meet, at least, the AQF Level 8 (Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma) standards. Students must demonstrate advanced cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to:
i. Analyse, critically evaluate and transform information to complete a range of activities;
ii. analyse, generate and transmit solutions to complex problems; and
iii. transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to others.