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Table 1 Comparison of ACN and RTO [[58],[63]]

From: Mandatory continuing professional development requirements: what does this mean for Australian nurses

  ACN (RCNA) RTO
National recognition National recognition by nursing bodies National recognition of qualifications by the tertiary and health sector
Quality assurance Quality assurance process approved as meeting professional standards and requirements for nurse education Training is delivered by an organisation which meets national standards
Qualifications Provides endorsement only Qualifications are based on identified industry needs
Recognition of Prior Learning Some courses may be recognised for recognition of prior learning (RPL) under separate agreements with the tertiary sector Access to recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Articulation into higher education Some providers also have a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with tertiary institutions Opportunities for articulation into further training (this may include higher education)