Initiated by the Department of Home Affairs and developed CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and the Institute of Public Accountants, the Accounting Professional Year Program helps the accounting graduates gain a better understanding of Australian workplace culture and develop skills and training they need to start their accounting career.
Developed by the Australian Computer Society (ACS), the IT Professional Year course aims to provide Australian IT graduates with the skills and training needed to start their career.
Engineering Professional Year course is developed by Engineering Education Australia (EA), the training division of Engineers Australia. The program comprises of training and an engineering internship placement with the host companies to provide a pathway to the engineering graduates to launch their career Australia.
The Professional Year (PY) Program is designed for international accounting, information technology and engineering graduates to pave a pathway into the Australian workforce and increase their employability. It is a job-ready program that equips you with the skills necessary to launch a successful career in Australia. Completing the course also grants you with 5 points towards your permanent residence (PR) application.
Professional Year Courses are specifically designed to enhance the employability of international graduates wishing to work in Australia. Each course integrates business communication and business culture training with career development skills to help students achieve their goal of working in their field in Australia.
Completing the Professional Year Course comes with several perks:
Yes, After the completion of the PY course, graduates can claim five (5) points towards their residency application as specified by the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA).
Positive skills assessment is required from the respective accrediting bodies to start Accounting and Engineering PY courses. You are not required to have a skill assessment to start IT PY course.
By completing the PY course, you will develop additional employability skills that Australian employers seek in the graduates. The internship component embedded in the course provides you with an opportunity to work with reputed host companies and pave a pathway to a successful career. Depending upon your performance, the host company may offer you a job after completion of the internship. This experience also is a great value-addition to your CV.
Professional Year course is offered to the international graduates of Accounting, Information Technology and Engineering programs from Australia. Engineering graduates who have completed their degree at a recognised institution outside Australia are also eligible to join the Professional Year Program in engineering if they hold a Skilled – Recognised Graduate (Temporary) Visa (Subclass 476).
No. The duration of the Program has been determined by the governing bodies and you must adhere to their specific guidelines.
Yes, it may be possible to take a leave of absence from the program. Please remember that the leave must be approved by your provider and you will be required to make up any missed subjects or assessments. Your graduation date may also be pushed back.
Participants are required to attend 100% of classes.
A number of providers offer Professional Year programs and it may be confusing for you to make the decision. Our team will assist you in choosing the best fit provider depending upon your career aspirations. Some of the important aspects to consider when making the decision are:
Yes. If for any reason you think you may not be able to graduate with your cohort, or you become aware of circumstances that may prevent you from graduating while studying the course, you must inform your provider as soon as possible and make alternative arrangements with them.
No. You must complete the classwork prior to starting your internship.
Your provider will arrange an internship for you with a suitable host employer. However, if you are already employed in a relevant accounting role, you can request to complete your internship with the same company. You need to seek approval of your provider as well as your current company to undertake the internship. The appropriate checks and site visits must be conducted by your provider before approval can be granted.
You can also source your own internship, however, your provider must approve of this before you can start.
No. The minimum visa duration requirement is 12 months to be eligible to enrol for the PY course.
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