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Qualifications evidence


As part of your ACS Migration Skills Assessment, you need to provide evidence of your qualifications according to the following guidelines. 


Examples of specific document requirements →


What qualifications are accepted?


An applicant's qualification should fit broadly within IT or Data Science. The qualifications submitted should illustrate a gradual shift from guided learning to more independent learning in the final year, promoting the step-by-step growth of a student's knowledge and skills.


Accredited Australian IT qualifications 


Australian qualifications that have been accredited by the ACS will generally meet the IT or Data Science major criteria. Please note that this does not guarantee that the qualification will be assessed as being closely related to the nominated occupation and ANZSCO code. 


Are vendor certifications accepted?


No, ACS does not assess vendor certifications. Only RPL Assessment Pathway applicants should upload evidence of completed vendor certificates to demonstrate current knowledge in their chosen occupation and ANZSCO code.


Assessment of IT content in tertiary qualifications 


Qualifications are assessed as having either an IT major or an IT minor in computing. IT or Data Science   content less than a minor is assessed as a non-IT qualification.


IT Major criteria


A standard 3-year Bachelor’s level qualification is deemed as having a major in computing if at least 33% of the qualification is IT. Qualifications that are longer in duration are assessed to the equivalent of a 3-year AQF Level 7 (Bachelor) award.

A Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree qualification is deemed as having a major in computing if it contains one full academic year worth of ICT content. For example:

  • If your Diploma is of duration 1 year, 100% of the ICT units should be IT
  • If duration is 2 years, then at least 50% of content must be IT
  • If any Diploma is of duration less than 1 year, it will be considered IT Insufficient

A 2-year postgraduate qualification (such as Graduate Diploma or Masters) is deemed as having a major in computing if at least 50% of the qualification is ICT. Qualifications are assessed to the equivalent of a 2-year AQF Level 8 and above award. An Australian postgraduate degree with only 12 subjects requires at least 67% ICT content.


Australian postgraduate qualifications must contain:


  • A minimum of 3 semesters or at least 1.5 years of full-time study;
  • At least 2 semesters or 1 year of full-time equivalent ICT content;
  • A minimum of 12 units or subjects


If your qualification involves a thesis or research project, you must provide an abstract of the thesis or research project. If possible, the primary supervisor should endorse the abstract. The front page of the abstract should display the university name, the date of thesis publication or project completion, and specify the percentage and nature of IT content relevant to your nominated ANZSCO. In the case of a research-based postgraduate qualification (Master or PhD) completed primarily through a thesis, the assessment will focus on the research content and findings presented in the official thesis.


IT Minor criteria


A Bachelor’s or higher qualification is assessed as a minor when the IT content is at least two-thirds of the requirements for a major. 


Insufficient IT content


All qualifications with IT content less than the requirement for a Minor are assessed as non-IT qualifications.


Closely related IT content criteria


In all educational qualifications, at least 65% of the IT content must be closely related with sufficient core content to the nominated occupation (ANZSCO) to meet the suitability criteria.


Region-specific document requirements


Please note region-specific requirements depending on where you obtained your qualification.


If providing a qualification from a country that is a signatory to the Bologna Agreement, please submit the Diploma Supplement.

Please provide the graduation Diploma and the certificate of award according to the regulations concerning academic degrees in the PRC if applicable.

Please provide the award certificate and full academic transcript with HEC (Higher Education Commission Pakistan) attestation.

Please supply evidence of passing the Professional Regulation Commission’s Licensure Examinations if available.

The Seoul Accord is a multilateral agreement between countries that allows certain University level Bachelor and Master degrees to be recognised by the Seoul Accord signatories. ACS has been a signatory of the Seoul Accord since its inception in 2008.


Qualifications recognised under the Seoul Accord may be considered to have met the ICT major criteria for migration skills assessment purposes.


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You can start the process now and come back to it any time you like. All you need is proof of ID and a way to pay your application fee – Visa, Mastercard, American Express and PayPal are all accepted.


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