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ACS Assessment pathways for Skilled Migration

acs assessment pathways

Australian Computer Society (ACS) is the official governing body for Information and Communication Technology. ACS assesses potential migrant ICT professionals to ensure they meet the appropriate assessing authority requirements required for employment in Australia’s nominated occupation. The ACS has been recognized as a relevant Assessing Authority for ICT skills occupations specified in the List of Qualified Skilled Occupations. The applicants will have many assessment pathways to choose from according to their educational background. Here we will describe four ACS assessment pathways (application types) you can go through according to the criteria required.

Temporary Graduate (TG) 

The temporary graduate (TG) application type is for the applicants that have completed their bachelor’s degree or higher level. The degree is to be taken from a renowned Australian University. However, this pathway is qualification only skill assessment and can only be chosen by the applicants applying for a subclass 485 visa.

Suitability Criteria

  • The nominated occupation listed in the subclass 485 for Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) is suitable for a Temporary Graduate pathway. 
  • Australian Bachelor’s degree or higher level with a major in the ICT field is relevant to the nominated occupation. 
  • Satisfy the Australian Study Requirement (ASR) for visa purpose. ACS is not responsible for your ASR requirements. The Department of Home Affairs will carry it out.

Post-Australian Study (PAS)

This application pathway is for applicants who have completed their Australian Bachelor’s degree or higher-level education and would like a skill assessment for migration purposes. Post-Australian Study requires the completion of an ACS Professional Year Program of other related Employment from ICT background.

Suitability Criteria

  • Australian Bachelor’s degree or higher education level with ICT major in the nominated field.
  • One year of work experience after the completion of a related Australian degree or a Professional year program.

Skills Assessment (Skills) 

This application pathway is used for tertiary ICT qualifications and employment that lies under general skill assessment.

Suitability Criteria

Qualification comparable to AQF Bachelors degree or higher with ICT Major

  • If your degree is an ICT major and is closely related to your occupation, you need two years of work experience completed in the previous ten or four years of related work experience completed anytime to meet the criteria. 
  • If your degree is an ICT major and is not closely related to your occupation, you need four years of work experience completed anytime to meet the criteria. 

Qualification comparable to AQF Bachelors degree or higher with ICT Minor

  •  If your degree is an ICT minor and is closely related to your occupation, you need five years of related work experience completed in the previous ten or six years of work experience completed anytime to meet the criteria. 
  •  If your degree is an ICT minor and is not closely related to your occupation, you need six years of related work experience completed at any time to meet the criteria. 

Qualification comparable to AQF Diploma or vendor Certification

  •  If your AQF degree or vendor certification is an ICT major and is closely related to your occupation, you need five years of related work experience completed in the previous ten or six years of work experience completed anytime to meet the criteria. 
  •  If your AQF degree or vendor certification is an ICT major and is not closely related to your occupation, you need six years of related work experience completed at any time to meet the criteria. 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) 

RPL application pathway is for applicants who do not have any ICT qualification or applicants with insufficient ICT content or no ICT content at all. 

Suitability Criteria

Non ICT Qualification that is equivalent to AQF Diploma or Higher

  • If your degree is termed as insufficient ICT with equivalent AQF Diploma or higher, you need six years of work experience completed anytime in the previous year along with an RPL  application to meet the suitability criteria.

No tertiary qualification – work experience only

  • If you do not possess the tertiary educational qualification, you need eight years of work experience completed in the previous year and a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) application to meet the suitability criteria.

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  • Specify the topics for the key Area of Knowledge and illustrate in detail the topic in the box.
  • Elaborate on how you have gained your skills and knowledge and reflect the depth of that content.
  • Do not explain all the subtopics included in the Area of Knowledge. You can explain at least two subtopics as per the requirements.
  • Make your explanations straightforward and descriptive.
  • Each explanation should be no more than one to one and a half pages long.

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