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Activity Accreditation

Faculties and Schools who are running an HDR training course or activity should apply for accreditation to ensure their activity is officially recognised as part of the University’s CaRST program.

Listing your activity with CaRST will ensure students receive credit towards what will become a compulsory requirement for all PhD and Master of Philosophy students who commence from 2017. All accredited CaRST activities will be promoted to students on the CaRST website and the AGC Newsletter.

How are Activities Categorised in the CaRST program?

To provide a framework for the development of professional and transferable skills in HDR students, the University has adopted the Researcher Development FrameworkLink to external website (RDF) developed by Vitae in the UK.

Mapping activities to the four domains of the RDF will support HDR students to identify the knowledge, skills, and behaviours required to be an effective researcher, and to enhance their skills for employment in a range of professions.

Research Development Framework (RDF); Domains and Sub-domains (

What Activities Can Be Accredited?

Structured learning activities delivered in-house for HDRs or by external partners and practitioners in the field which contribute to the development of skills, behaviours, or attributes outlined in the RDF can be submitted to CaRST for accreditation, including:

  • Workshops
  • Short courses
  • Online courses
  • Other structured training programs

Please download our Rules and Conditions for more information.

Note that for all accredited activities, confirmation of a student's satisfactory completion will be required in order for the activity to count towards their CaRST hours' requirement

What Activities Won't Be Accredited?

This list takes into consideration the accreditation standards as well as administrative load of processing activities and how opportunities are presented to students.

      • Any course or training activity which is unrelated to the development of skills, behaviours, or attributes encapsulated in the RDF e.g. Basket weaving 101
      • Routine research group meetings, lab meetings, or team meetings unless there is a specific focus on professional development and training
      • Experiential activities, e.g. seminar series
      • Inductions/training of equipment and software, which are included in the 16 hours allocated to each student for completion of the CCSP
      • Activities that have already received accreditation in the CaRST program

Please download our Rules and Conditions for more information.

What is the Process for Accreditation?

Accreditation applications are accepted throughout the year.

To apply for accreditation, you will need to:

    • Download and complete the CaRST Accreditation Proforma;
    • Provide the completed Proforma to your Postgraduate Coordinator/Head of School for endorsement;
    • Email the completed Proforma and the School's endorsement to or return to the Adelaide Graduate Centre in hard copy.

Where do I go for Help?

If you need help completing the Proforma, or have general enquiries about the accreditation process, please email in the first instance.

How Are We Doing?

Individual activities that have been accredited with CaRST can be found listed on CaRST Online.

If you would like to see a report of activities that have been accredited with CaRST by your local area, please visit our Report of CaRST Activities page.

Career and Research Skills Training (CaRST) Unit

Adelaide Graduate Centre
Level 2, Schulz Building
SA 5005


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