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Navigating skill assessment pathways through ACS

April 3

Navigating the various pathways for skill assessment through the Australian Computer Society (ACS) can be challenging, but understanding these pathways is crucial for professionals seeking to establish their credentials in the Australian IT industry. ACS offers several assessment pathways, each tailored to different professional backgrounds and career stages. This blog will explore these pathways and their eligibility requirements.

1. Temporary Graduate (485 visa) Skills Assessment

This pathway is designed for recent graduates in Australia. It assesses the applicant's qualification and work experience for the Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485).

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Completion of an Australian Bachelor’s degree or higher in ICT (Information and Communications Technology) closely related to the nominated occupation.
  • Relevant evidence of coursework and internship experiences.

2. Post Australian Study Skills Assessment

For those who have completed their studies in Australia but are not applying for a 485 Visa, this pathway provides a skill assessment for migration purposes.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Australian qualification in ICT, at least at the bachelor’s degree level (The course must have been completed in a minimum of 2 years in Australia)
  • Completion of 1 year of work experience OR completion of a gazetted professional year program recognised by ACS.

3. Skills Assessment for Migration

For those who have non-Australian qualifications and wish to apply for a skill assessment for migration purposes.


4. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

For applicants who hold tertiary qualifications with insufficient or no ICT content, or applicants who do not hold any recognised tertiary qualifications.



Understanding the right ACS skill assessment pathway is crucial for ICT professionals aiming to establish their career or migrate to Australia. Ensure that you meet the specific eligibility requirements of your chosen pathway and prepare your application meticulously. For further guidance, consider consulting with a professional on the best steps to take.

Remember, a successful ACS skill assessment can pave the way for exciting career opportunities in the Australian IT sector. Good luck!

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