We are delighted to announce that in January 2017, the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) formally approved the AHPI as a National Accreditation Organisation (NAO) within the IUHPE Global Health Promotion Accreditation System. The goal of the Accreditation System is to promote quality assurance, competence and mobility in health promotion practice and education through a global system, which is designed to be inclusive, flexible and sensitive to different contexts while maintaining robust and validated criteria.

As an NAO, the AHPI will be able to offer professional registration to Irish practitioners which is validated and globally recognised and which will entitle them to use the professional title ‘IUHPE Registered Health Promotion Practitioner.’ After several years of work by the AHPI, this is a significant milestone for the Association which also celebrates its' 20th anniversary this year.

In becoming a NAO, the AHPI will join other countries (UK, Australia and Estonia) as leaders in adopting the internationally recognised IUHPE accreditation system, which facilitates the registration of 'Health Promotion Practitioners' based on internationally recognised core HP competencies. Registration is voluntary and for a three-year period. AHPI will be creating a specific section on Professional Registration within this website but until that is ready to be launched, this Newsletter from IUHPE will provide you with some background information.

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What are the benefits for you, as an Irish practitioner, being an ‘IUHPE Registered Health Promotion Practitioner?’ Some benefits include:

  • Raising your status of a Health Promotion practitioner as members of a globally recognised professional group.
  • Assisting in your career planning and identifying professional development and training needs.
  • Facilitating movement across roles, organisations, regions and countries through the use of shared understandings and qualifications.
  • Ensuring that there are clear guidelines for the knowledge, skills and values needed to practice effectively and ethically and agreed criteria for formal recognition of these through registration.

    An Accreditation Board for Ireland has been established which includes a Chairperson and seven members from academia, statutory and voluntary sectors. We will keep you notified of the start date for the Accreditation and Professional Registration process which we envisage to be in mid-2017 (Phase 1). Further details on the eligibility criteria and costs will be available soon.

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