Professional Year Points for Skilled Migration
For Accounting, Engineering and ICT graduates
Obtain the skills and experience employers demand plus points toward your permanent residency application^ with Monash Professional Pathways, a leading provider.
You’ve done the study but still need the skills and experience employers demand
As a new international engineering, accounting or ICT graduate it can be challenging to find full-time professional employment in Australia.
Even though you are qualified and have the right to work, employers expect you to have practical knowledge and relevant work experience so that you can work effectively from your first day on the job. Further, international research** confirms that employers are looking for more than just a qualification. They prefer candidates who:
- demonstrate strong business communication skills
- fit in with the company culture
- have confidence, show initiative and can work alone or as part of a team.
**AEI: International graduate outcomes and employer perceptions, 2010
The Professional Year Program in Engineering, ICT or Accounting (SMIPA) is your bridge from student to working professional
This 44-week (minimum), Department of Home Affairs approved program will enable you to achieve your career goals and overcome obstacles to employment. You will maximise your employment prospects by gaining the knowledge, skills and workplace experience employers are looking for. By the end of the program you will:
- understand the Australian employment market and workplace culture
- learn how to communicate effectively and professionally in the workplace with colleagues, managers and customers
- gain valuable work experience through an internship placement that exposes you to Australian work practices
- be eligible to apply for additional migration points in support of your Australian permanent residency application^
Are you a recent international IT graduate from an Australian university looking to start your career in Australia? Are you finding migration options confusing and the competitive job market challenging?
You can achieve your dreams and more with Australia’s leading Professional Year provider – our 14,500 graduates have discovered nothing prepares you better for an accounting career in Australia than a PY with PE.
PE has become Australia’s #1 Professional Year provider by helping our students to achieve much more than just migration points. At Performance Education we know how hard it can be and we are passionate about changing the employment landscape for international graduates.
We focus on helping you become more than just ‘job ready’. Through combining employability training, workplace knowledge and a relevant and practical internship placement, we’ll give you a platform to launch your IT career in Australia. As a result of Performance Education’s Professional Year program our graduates achieve excellent program and employment outcomes, with 43% being offered employment by their internship host company!
We were one of the first approved providers of the ACS (IT) Professional Year program and today are the largest due to our trusted reputation and outstanding programs outcomes. We have campuses in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
The Navitas Professional Year Program is a professional development program combining formal learning and an Australian internship placement.
Navitas Professional is the only provider able to offer the Australian Computer Society (ACS) Professional Year Program, Engineers Australia’s Professional Year in Engineering and Skilled Migration Internship Program – Accounting (SMIPA) nationwide.
The program gives international graduates the skills to gain employment and excel in their chosen field. Successful completion provides eligibility for migration points towards permanent residency.
There are three programs available, depending on your qualifications:
- Skilled Migration Internship Program – Accounting (SMIPA)
- Australian Computer Society (ACS) Professional Year Program
- Engineers Australia’s Professional Year in Engineering
*Professions nominated by Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). The Professional Year Program is approved by the DIBP, which means on successful completion you may be eligible for migration points towards permanent residence in Australia.
The ANZSCO codes applicable from 1 July 2012 can be found at the DIBP website, as well as on individual professional bodies websites.
- CPA Australia
- The Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
- Institute of Public Accountants
Navitas Professional Year program includes:
- 32 weeks of coursework covering Australian work practice, WHS, business communications, job search skills and simulated workplace training. Coursework includes BSB40215 Certificate IV in Business
- 12 week internship
- Unlimited access to LinkedIn’s online training platform Lynda.com for the duration of your enrolment in the program
- Free online PTE-A, IELTS or BULATS English test preparation training
- Free professional development workshops and networking events
- The option to transfer between seven campuses*
- Ongoing career counselling; before and during the program and after graduation
- Qualify for migration points towards permanent residence.
- Practical work experience in your field of study
- Professional customised resume, created with Navitas Professional’s online resume builder myNavCV
- Professional LinkedIn profile, supplemented by any of 5000+ Lynda.com courses
- Improved English language skills through delivering presentations, simulated workplace training and your choice of either PTE-A, IELTS or BULATS online English test preparation
- Grow your professional network and join relevant professional associations
- A nationally accredited BSB40215 Certificate IV in Business
- Professional Year Program certificate
The ACS Professional Year Program in ICT/Computing (PYear) is a job-readiness program which bridges the gap between full-time study and professional employment. The PYear is designed to equip graduates with the professional skills needed for a successful career in the Australian workforce.
PROFESSIONAL YEAR PROGRAM
ACS’ PYear Program gives international ICT/Computing graduates from Australian universities the practical skills and training needed to enhance their career prospects. An additional pathway from university to employment, this program ensures that graduates are job-ready.
GRADUATES MAY CLAIM FIVE (5) POINTS UNDER AN ELIGIBLE SKILLED OCCUPATION
Completion of this program may provide the PYear graduate with five (5) points under an eligible skilled occupation, as specified by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Have you finished your degree but want to gain additional technical skills and knowledge to establish your career in Australia? Now you can kick-start your career with help from the Professional Year Program with ATMC.
ATMC offers Professional Year programs through the Australian Computer Society (ACS) for information technology graduates and accounting programs through the Skilled Migration Internship Program: Accounting (SMIPA).
The Professional Year (PY) Program is specifically designed for international students who have graduated from an Australian university and are looking for a successful pathway from university to employment and residency in Australia. Professional Year is a job preparation program that will equip you with the professional skills necessary for a successful career in the Australian workforce.
The program is run by our highly experienced trainers, who take a keen interest in each participant’s educational journey. Trainers help participants with course content whilst also giving them the opportunity to express their opinions, so participants graduate with the academic knowledge and confidence needed to excel in their fields.
The PY program consists of the following components:
» Communications and Performance in the Australian Workplace
» Entry and Advancement in the Australian Workplace
CLASSROOM BASED TRAINING AND WORKSHOP
There are two units delivered over 250 contact hours by ATMC. Participants are expected to attend classes of between 8 to 9 hours per week.
a. Communications and Performance in the Australian Workplace
Participants will be expected to attend work meetings during internships and in professional positions. The purpose of this unit is to ensure participants feel comfortable joining and interacting in meetings. The unit covers many aspects of meetings including: organising meetings, expectations of meetings in Australia, roles in meetings, and appropriate behaviour, communication and language.
b. Entry and Advancement in the Australian Workplace
The job descriptions of most PY graduates will include communicating with customers. A cultural sensitivity is essential to be able to build rapport and ensure there is no miscommunication with clients. This unit requires participants to communicate with internal and external customers, and team members. The purpose is to ensure that graduates can communicate effectively in customer facing roles as well as with colleagues.
All ATMC academic staff are highly trained and qualified, particularly in the technology and/or business fields. The PY lecturers are proficient in industry employment and have a strong personal understanding of the Australian workplace environment.
The ATMC PY internship component offers the students to develop, enhance and tailor their CV’s for entry into the Australian workplace.
The internship itself provides practical work experience for participants to develop professional skills, which will enable them to operate effectively across Australian industries and business environments.
During the internship, participants are able to utilise first-hand the skills and knowledge learned during the two classroom based training and workshop units. Participants must complete the internship in 240 hours over a period of 12 weeks.
Each internship has been specifically designed to complement the participant’s studies and prepare them for a career in their chosen field. Participants will be introduced to both the technical and commercial aspects of a business through observation and supervised practice.
Participants completing internships at employer companies are given the opportunity to work on existing projects and directly assist and/or observe project managers.
Register on Career Central and connect with our Internship Coordinator.
COST OF TUITION
SMIPA Professional Year program
SMIPA PY – $7,200.
ACS Professional Year program
ACS PY – $12,600.
Once participants have been accepted to enrol in the program, they can either nominate to pay the fee in full commencing from the first day of the program or by direct bank debit.
ATMC WORK INTEGRATED LEARNING
At ATMC we ensure participants graduate work-ready by creating an environment where they can develop and apply their skills and knowledge in the workforce.
ATMC’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) division exists to provide participants with ‘Good WIL’ services. PY participants are encouraged to attend WIL workshops, which assist with identifying career opportunities, resume development and preparing for interviews. Sessions are scheduled regularly throughout the year.
ATMC teaching and administrative staff are also available to provide general advice and assistance with matters such as studying and student administration. We pride ourselves on providing participants with the highest level of support possible, so please don’t be afraid to ask our friendly staff for help.
- Your Professional Year must have been:
- completed in Australia in the four years before you are invited to apply for a visa.
- in your nominated occupation or a closely related occupation
- completed over a period of at least 12 months
- provided by one of these organisations:
- the Australian Computer Society
- CPA Australia
- Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand
- the Institute of Public Accountants (formerly the National Institute of Accountants)
- Engineers Australia.
The Professional Year in Engineering Program helps engineering graduates develop and enhance their employability skills, which employers demand. Gain insight into the Australian workplace and employment market in this unique 44-week work-readiness program.
- Practical training (32 weeks): Learn effective resume writing and interview techniques; Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Occupational Health, Safety & Environmental (OHS&E) processes, and legislative requirements for working in Australia via our face-to-face workshops and online resources. Choose from flexible study options including one full day or two nights (half day) per week.
- Internship placement (12 weeks full time): Build a network of peers and professionals and apply your practical training in the workplace. Throughout your placement you’ll be assigned a mentor to support you along the way.
Upon successful completion, you’ll be eligible to apply for 5 migration points that can be used for all points test visas. You’ll also gain an understanding of the Australian Occupational Health and Safety requirements and become a professional member of Engineers Australia.
The EEA Professional Year in Engineering is available to holders of various visa types. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions section below or contact a migration agent or the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to check your eligibility for this program.
This program is full fee-paying. CRICOS, HECS and fee-help is not eligible for the program.
The Skilled Migration Internship Program: Accounting (SMIPA) is a professional year program approved by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) (formerly known as the Department of Immigration and Citizenship), available to overseas students who have an Australian accounting degree qualification as a result of at least two years’ study in Australia.
- a minimum of 44 weeks’ training, including a 12-week internship placement with a relevant host company
- professional development and practical hands-on learning, with an emphasis on workplace preparation: Culture, ethics and expectations
- recognition as a pathway for 485 visa holders seeking permanent residency under general skilled migration (GSM)
Successful completion of SMIPA may attract additional points under the GSM points test.
SMIPA was developed by CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the Institute of Public Accountants. It is delivered by registered providers who have been approved by all three professional accounting bodies.
Enrolment in any of the accounting bodies’ professional programs is independent of an individual’s participation in SMIPA or any other DIBP-approved pathways to permanent residency.
Does CPA Australia provide the SMIPA?
No. The SMIPA is overseen by the three professional accounting bodies. The program is delivered by registered providers who have been jointly approved by the three bodies.
Applications to deliver the SMIPA Program will be open in the latter half of 2018. All applicants must be either a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or a Higher Education Provider (HEP) and have been registered for at least three years.
Approved SMIPA providers
- Academies Australasia Polytechnic: Melbourne
- Accountants Resource Centre (ARC): Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney
- Australian Interpretation and Translation Institute (AITI): Melbourne, Adelaide (not accepting enrolments)
- Australian Technology and Management College (ATMC): Melbourne, Sydney
- Education Centre of Australia (ECA): Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney
- Monash Professional Pathways: Melbourne
- Navitas Professional: Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
- Performance Education: Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
- Salford College: Adelaide (not accepting enrolments)
- Stanley College: Perth
- The University of Queensland, Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education: (ICTE-UQ) Brisbane
Please Note: Neither the Professional Accounting Bodies nor SMIPA are associated in any way with the AIFA Professional Year Program for Bookkeepers.
As a migrant, the ability to experience the Australian workplace before starting with your chosen employer is invaluable. Engineering Education Australia’s Professional Year in Engineering course will teach you all you need to know about working in Australia and give you a well-respected Australian resume.
As the only work-readiness program for engineers recognised by the Australian Government, you can even apply for five migration points upon completion.
Engineering experience and networks
The Professional Year in Engineering course is a comprehensive program that will prepare you to work as an engineer in Australia. It lasts for 44 weeks, giving you time to learn about the expectations of employers, begin building your network, and create a plan for career success.
The first 32 weeks consist of online study and classroom workshops, followed by 12 weeks of work placement at a professional organisation. During this time you will develop a thorough understanding of our work conditions, health and safety requirements, and other important aspects of working as an engineer in Australia.
Qualifying engineers and visa types
If you have graduated from an accredited course in Australia or at an officially recognised overseas institution, you could qualify for the Professional Year in Engineering course. This course is open to holders of various visa types. Before applying, we recommend you contact a migration agent or visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
Applicants must have completed a successful Migration Skills Assessment with Engineers Australia to be eligible for entry into the program.
Enter the Australian workplace with confidence
Gain the experience and connections you need with the Professional Year in Engineering course. Learn more at Engineering Education Australia’s website.
The Professional Year Program is designed to kick-start the careers of international accounting and engineering graduates in Australia. It also provides eligibility for migration points towards permanent residency.
PYP prepares you for your new career with relevant, practical training and workshops, a professional internship and networking opportunities.
The PYP experience
Your professional year will comprise 32 weeks of practical training, face-to-face study and workshops, and a 12-week professional internship.
During the program, you will:
- gain insight into Australian workplace conditions and the employment market
- develop a network of peers and professionals
- plan your career, create your resume, and carry out your jobsearch with expert help.
Throughout your internship, you will be supported with mentoring and training.
Why choose UQ
There are a few simple reasons why UQ provides the best PYP experience:
- Guaranteed internship placement and high employment outcomes – on average 60% of our participants secure employment in Australia before they graduate from the program, over 85% within 12 months of graduating.
- World ranking university providing a state of the art learning environment – enjoy studying in a world class environment with superb facilities.
- Training expertise – we have extensive experience in the design and delivery of leading edge, industry-relevant professional development programs.
- Instructors with real-world insight – our instructors aren’t just qualified trainers – they’re real-world business professionals and experienced mentors who can help you launch a successful career in Australia.
- Exceptional support – benefits include free IELTS preparation classes and a free IELTS test.
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|Australian Workplace Culture||130 hours|
|Professional Environments(This online module runs for 12 weeks and parallel to the student internship)||12 weeks|
The program has been specified by the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection for the General Skills Migration points test for all eligible holders of the 485 Temporary Graduate Visa (Graduate Work stream) – (subclass 485) or Bridging Visa.
The PYP delivers:
- Minimum 44 weeks training, for international IT graduates in job-readiness including 12 weeks of internship with a relevant host company. On successful completion participants may be awarded 5 points under the Skilled Occupation List (SOL)
- Bachelors or Masters qualification in Computing/ICT from an Australian institution
- At least 2 years study completed in Australia
- IELTS minimum 6.0 (Academic or General) no band below 5.0
- A skilled graduate temporary visa (subclass 485) or Bridging Visa A
- Application interview
How to Apply
Intakes occur very regularly. Please check your preferred location for details.
Download and complete the TWLI Professional Year Program Application Form
and attach the following required documents;
- Certified Academic transcript and other qualification documents
- Copy of health insurance
- Copy of visa and passport
- National police clearance
Submit the application form to [email protected].
Step 1: Download and complete the WLI Professional Year Program Application Form ( PDF file)
Step 2: Attach the following required documents:
Certified Academic transcripts and other qualification documents
Copy of Applicant’s health insurance
Copy of visa and passport
National Police Clearance
Step 3: Submit your application
- Submit the application form to [email protected] or
- You can send your completed application form and supporting documents to:
The William Light Institute
Level 1, 211 Pulteney St
Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Step 4: Your application will be assessed and you will be informed of the outcome.
Please contact us for future dates
Total Program Fees
Professional Year Fee
- $10,600 – to be paid in installments (conditions apply)
- $150 – Application Processing Fee
Please note: This is a full fee paying course, HECS does not apply.
Offered in 5 Locations:
ADELAIDE SA, The William Light Institute Level 1. 211 Pulteney St Adelaide 5000
BRISBANE QLD, CLIFTONS Brisbane 288 Edward St Brisbane QLD 4000
MELBOURNE VIC, CLIFTONS Melbourne, 440 Collins St Melbourne VIC 3000
SYDNEY NSW, CLIFTONS Sydney, Levels 11, 12,13&15 60 Margaret St Sydney NSW