Skills Assessment for IT Professionals

Skills Assessment for IT Professionals

WHAT IS ACS?
The Australian Computer Society (ACS) is the designated skills assessing body for ICT occupations in Australia. They assess if the applicant’s educational qualifications and work experience is closely related to the nominated ICT occupation AND that they match the level of professional ICT in Australia.

ASSESSMENT PROCESS
In simple words: They assess your overseas qualification in comparison with Australian Qualification.

1) During the assessment ACS compares your overseas qualifications using the “Australian national education standards” to determine the AQF (Australian Qualification Framework) comparability.

2) Once they establish the authenticity of your qualification according to the AQF, they assess each one of your course units to ensure it is in line with Australian ICT professional units.
The purpose of the assessment is to determine if your qualification will be considered a “Major” or a “Minor” or insufficient.

3) The last but not the least step is to determine the percentage of ICT units that can be considered “Closely related” to the nominated occupation in line with the ANZSCO CODE INFORMATION

 

OVERSEAS APPLICANTS AND APPLICANTS WITH A NON- IT  BACKGROUND
Applicants who do not have an Australian ICT Bachelor degree or higher, OR applicants who do not hold an ICT qualification altogether MUST demonstrate significant and relevant Work Experience. The duration of work experience required will depend on your educational qualification.

Bachelor degree or higher with an ICT Major:
CASE 1: Your degree’s ICT major IS closely related to your nominated occupation
In this case the required duration will be either:
2 years relevant work experience with in the past 10 years.
OR
4 years relevant work experience gained during anytime in the past.

CASE 2: Your degree’s ICT major is NOT closely related to your nominated occupation
In this case the required duration will be:
4 years relevant work experience gained during anytime in the past

Bachelor degree or higher with an ICT Minor:
CASE 1: If your degree is assessed as having an ICT minor which IS closely related to your nominated occupation, the duration of work ex required will be either:
5 years relevant work experience completed in the past 10 years
OR
6 years relevant work experience completed anytime during the past.

CASE 2: : If your degree is assessed as having an ICT minor which IS NOT closely  related to your nominated occupation you will require 6 years of relevant work experience completed anytime during the past.

Diploma and Vendor Certification:
CASE 1: If your diploma or vendor certificate is assessed as having an ICT major which IS closely related to your nominated occupation, the required duration will be either:
5 years relevant work experience with in the past 10 years.
OR
6 years relevant work experience gained during anytime in the past.

CASE 2: If your diploma or vendor certificate is assessed as having an ICT major which IS NOT closely related to your nominated occupation, the required duration will be:
6 years relevant work experience gained during anytime in the past.
Non ICT Diploma or Higher
If your qualification is assessed as having “insufficient ICT content”, you will need 6 years of relevant work experience completed anytime during the past AND also a suitable RPL (recognition of prior learning) application.

Work Experience Only – RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning)
If you hold NO tertiary educational qualifications, you will need 8 years of relevant work experience completed anytime during the past AND also a suitable RPL (recognition of prior learning) application.

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