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What is a Professional Year Program?

A Professional Year Program is a structured professional development program combining formal learning and workplace experience for international students who have graduated from a university in Australia. Professional Year Programs run for 12 months and are currently available in the fields of accounting, computer science and engineering – Australian industries where the demand for skilled graduates is high.

Professional Year Programs are primarily designed for students wishing to apply for permanent residency in Australia. They allow students to develop industry-specific skills through study and work experience, preparing them for professional careers in the Australian workforce.

Why should you complete a Professional Year Program?

Completing a Professional Year has several benefits:

• You earn valuable work experience in an Australian company through an internship.

• You can improve your understanding of the culture and practices within the Australian workplace.

• You learn how to communicate in a professional manner within the Australian workplace.

• You are eligible to receive five extra points for a Skilled Visa.

Who is eligible for a Professional Year Program?

You will need to have completed a degree in accounting, computer science or engineering (or a closely related area) in Australia. You must hold a Skilled — Graduate (Temporary) Visa (Subclass 485), have completed an eligible qualification within the last six months as a result of at least two years of study in Australia and possess the skills and qualifications required for an occupation listed on the Skilled Occupation List.

Engineering graduates who completed their degree at a recognised institution outside Australia are also eligible to complete a Professional Year Program in engineering. They must apply for a Skilled — Recognised Graduate (Temporary) Visa (Subclass 476).

Professional Year Program providers and further information.

The following Professional Year Programs are recognised by the Australian Government:


• CPA Australia Skilled Migration Internship Program: Accounting (SMIPA)

• Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Skilled Migration Internship Program: Accounting

• Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) Skilled Migration Internship Program: Accounting

Computer science

• The Australian Computer Society Professional Year Program


• Engineers Australia Professional Year Program

Providers we represent

We represent quality Professional Year providers with campuses all over Australia. Following are the institutes we represent:

1.) ECA

2.) ATMC




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The Professional Year Program is a program implemented by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection to take care of Australia’s skill deficiency. It offers an opportunity for international students who have graduated from an Australian university to work in Australia and gain practical work experience in their field of study. This program is currently run for the fields of Accounting, IT and Engineering. On successfully completing the program, these students earn 5 points towards Australian permanent residency.

A professional year program gives a wonderful opportunity to put theoretical knowledge into practical application, making CV more impressive with an Australian work experience, a nationally accredited certificate and a Professional Year Certificate, which will also boost future career prospects. Furthermore, it gives a chance to expand professional networks. More importantly, upon completion of the program, one earns 5 points towards Australian PR.

One would need either a subclass 485 Temporary Resident Visa for skilled migration or evidence of application for a Bridging visa.

Depending upon the professional year program provider and type of program one wants to take, all fees are set up by accredited providers. The provider has detailed information on course start dates, fees structure, internship placements, and more. It is recommended that prospective students contact their providers and request information in order to make an informed decision prior to enrolling.

The internship goes on for 12 weeks, and the minimum attendance requirement is 3 days every week.

Internship is part of the Professional Year Program component and isn’t paid for.

Choosing the best provider entirely depends on one’s personal preferences like fees, course, instalment options, internships, etc.

All in all, a professional year program lasts 44 weeks, out of which 32 weeks are focussed on coursework on Business Communication and Australian workplace skills, which will be followed by a 12-week internship in an Australian workplace, in chosen profession

One should hold a subclass 485 visa. Alternatively, one could furnish proof of application for a Bridging visa too. Also, one needs to have completed graduation in a higher education program of a minimum of 2 years in Australia along with skill assessment done from a recognized professional institute.

No, completion of a professional year program does not guarantee permanent residency in Australia. However, the PY program graduate is awarded five (5) points under an eligible skilled occupation, which may help the candidate score points for permanent residency in Australia.