PCA is affiliated by corporate membership with a number of industry organisations which support, lobby and advise on matters relating to the study of business administration and related areas in Australia.
The Independent Tertiary Education Council of Australia (ITECA)
Formerly known as the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET), ITECA is Australia's peak body representing private vocational education and higher education providers. ITECA is a strong advocate for the independent tertiary education sector with a proven track-record of achieving legislative reform.
PCA is a proud member of ITECA and is a loyal supporter of its initiatives and activities in NSW.
The Australian Institute of Office Professionals (AIOP)
AIOP is Australia's peak organisation for Office Professionals. PCA is a Silver Corporate Member and Education Partner of AIOP. AIOP encourages people to enter the profession of business administration and represents the workplace interests of people in job titles such as Personal Assistant (PA), Executive Assistant (EA), Executive Officers, Office Managers, Administrators, from entry level to executive level and from a variety of industries. PCA students are encouraged to take advantage of the networking and mentoring opportunities AIOP offers, and consider student membership.
AIOP members are invited through our Education Partnership to consider academic courses at PCA to up-skill or re-train for other roles. In recognition of AIOP's continued support of the business administration profession, PCA awards AIOP Scholarship Discounts to current AIOP members considering study.
PCA is honour-bound to work with AIOP to continue supporting the interests of those entering or working in business administration.
The Commercial Education Society of Australia (CESA)
PCA has been affiliated with CESA for almost 100 years. CESA served as Australia's original independent examinations board for the business secretarial profession. Before the establishment of VETAB, exams were written and marked by CESA for use in business colleges across Australia. National Competitions in Typing (WPM) and Pitman's Shorthand were also conducted. Today, CESA has revitalised itself by now offering a new suite of programmes in the study of professional practice, as well as graded membership (Incl. Associate, Licentiate, and Fellow by Dissertation).
PCA Students are given annual lectures by CESA in Entrepreneurship and Professional Prestige, sit an assessment to receive the Certificate of Professional Practice (CPP) and are then awarded Membership of the Society (MCES). This is an activity of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and adds value to students' CVs. The Sister Cleophas Shield is also sponsored by CESA for Typing - (Most Words Per Minute). Members and Fellows of CESA also volunteer their time to provide mentoring and advice (through the PCA Industry Advisory Committee) to PCA students and staff. PCA is an Assessment Centre and Corporate Member of CESA.