How much does the Professional Year 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 PY Program in Computer Sciences 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 PY Program required for immigration?
No. The Professional Year is merely an option for those who wish to gain points towards their skilled migration. The Professional Year 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 Minister for Immigration and Border Protection to provide the Professional Year in ICT fields.
Are there providers of professional year programs in other professional fields?
Yes, there are PY Programs for both accounting and engineering streams. Please refer to Department of Immigration and Border Protection for further information.
Does completion of the PY Program guarantee permanent residency?
No, but a person who successfully completes the PY Program may be awarded 5 points under the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). The ACS PY Program is the only professional year program in ICT specified by the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection.
Can I relocate to undertake the PY Program?
Yes, the PY Program is available throughout Australia. PY participants may elect to relocate to undertake the program, but they do so at their own discretion and expense.
Does successful completion of the PY Program guarantee employment?
No. The aim of the program is to prepare recent ICT graduates with the professional skills required for a career in Australia. It does not guarantee job placement.
Can I work while I complete the PY Program?
Please contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for all visa enquiries. The ACS does not provide migration advice.
How do I become a Professional Year Accredited Provider?
ACS asks that all interested organisation read the following ACS Provider Accreditation Manuals (1, 2, 3). There you will find information on next steps and who to contact should you wish to apply for accreditation.