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To qualify for the Professional Year programs you must have undertaken study in Australia and graduated from an undergraduate or post graduate degree program. In addition, you need to satisfy each of the requirements below.

Professional Year, more aptly called the Job Preparedness program is a structured career development designed to enhance a student’s ability to obtain employment in their chosen discipline by applying technical skills and knowledge in the Australian workplace and culture.

  • Combines formal learning and workplace experience.
  • Teaches participants to communicate effectively in an Australian workplace environment.
  • Includes an internship to familiarize participants about all aspects of work practices in an Australian workplace.
  • Should be undertaken in the applicant’s nominated skilled occupation or a closely related occupation.

What is the duration of this program?

It is a 44 week program with a 12 week internship placement in a relevant host company. The coursework is structured with a 32 week Business Communication skills and Australian Workplace skills training followed by a 12 week Australian workplace internship in the participant’s chosen discipline.

What are the benefits of PY?

  • A Professional Year Program helps to develop communicative skills, practical experience and knowledge of Australian workplace and culture.
  • It also helps to gain 5 migration points towards an international student’s PR application.
  • It adds value to your CV.
  • Develops practical skills through a professional internship
  • Helps to obtain a Professional Year certificate
  • Aids to enhance the career prospects of International Students and broadens their opportunity in the field of IT, accounting and Engineering.
  • It also facilitates networking with peers and other industry professionals.

Who can enroll in this program?

To qualify for the Professional Year programs you must have undertaken study in Australia and graduated from an undergraduate or post graduate degree program. In addition, you need to satisfy each of the requirements below.

Study & qualifications

Applicants must have graduated from a course that appropriately matches the Professional Year program to which you want to apply; have completed a Higher Education program in Australia, in a course that provides two years credit points over a minimum of 18 months.

Visa

Applicants must hold, or have applied for, the subclass 485 Temporary Residence visa. They can be on a Bridging visa or Student visa, but must have applied for the 485 visa and provide evidence. 485 visa holders must have a valid visa for the duration of the Professional Year program. Engineering graduates with a positive skill assessment form Engineers Australia and holding a 476 visa (Skilled-Recognised Graduate visa) are also eligible for an Engineering Professional Year.

Skill Assessment

All applicants must have a successful skill assessment from their relevant assessing bodies (ACS, EEA, CPA, IPA and ICAA).

Language proficiency

Applicants must have a minimum overall IELTS test score of 6.0 and nothing less than 6 in each band to be eligible for a professional year.

What is included in the Professional Year Program?

  • CV preparation and interview skills
  • Professional training specific to their industry
  • Business communications
  • Australian work practices
  • Professional internship (work experience) for 12 weeks
  • Workplace relationships

How do I apply for the Professional Year Program?

Applicants will need to submit the following documents in order to apply for this program:

  • Application Form
  • Certified copy of passport
  • CV/Resume
  • Certified evidence of English language proficiency (IELTS)
  • Certified evidence of current visa status
  • Certified copy of academic documents
  • A successful skill assessment from relevant assessing bodies.

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