How much does the PYear cost?
All fees are set by our accredited providers. These organisations will be able to provide more information on course start dates, fee structure, internship placements and more. ACS recommends that prospective students contact all providers in their area and request information in order to make an informed decision prior to enrolling.
Is the PYear Program in ICT/Computing only open to computer science graduates?
No. ‘Computer Sciences’ is an umbrella term used to cover the many ICT streams open for study in accredited Australian university courses.
Is the PYear Program required for immigration?
No. The PYear Program is an option for those who wish to gain points towards their skilled migration. PYear is equivalent to one year of relevant work experience when undertaking skills assessment for migration.
Are there other providers of the PY Program in Computer Sciences?
ACS is the only professional body endorsed by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) to provide the Professional Year in ICT fields.
Are there providers of professional year programs in other professional fields?
Yes, there are professional year programs for both accounting and engineering streams. Please refer to the appropriate industry body for further details.
Does completion of the PYear Program guarantee permanent residency?
No, but a person who successfully completes the PYear Program may be awarded five (5) points under an eligible skilled occupation. The ACS PYear Program is the only professional year program in ICT specified by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA).
Can I relocate to undertake the PYear Program?
Yes, the PYear Program is available throughout Australia. PYear participants may elect to relocate to undertake the program, but they do so at their own discretion and expense.
Is recognition of prior learning (RPL) available?
No, RPL is not available for any component of the PYear.
Does successful completion of the PYear Program guarantee employment?
No. The aim of the professional program is to prepare recent ICT graduates with the work skills required for a career in Australia. It does not guarantee job placement.
Can I work while I complete the PYear Program?
Please contact the Department of Home Affairs for all visa enquiries. The ACS does not provide migration advice.
How do I become a PYear accredited provider?
ACS asks that all interested organisations read the following ACS Provider Accreditation Manual. There you will find information on next steps and who to contact should you wish to apply for accreditation.