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Study IT ICT Computer Science in Australia

Assessment of ICT Content in Tertiary Qualifications

Computer Network Professionals research, analyse and recommend strategies for network architecture and development, implement, manage, maintain and configure network hardware and software, and monitor and optimise performance, and troubleshoot and provide user support.

ICT Support and Test Engineers develop procedures and strategies to support, create, maintain and manage technical quality assurance processes and guidelines and systems infrastructure, investigate, analyse and resolve system problems and performance issues, and test the behaviour, functionality and integrity of systems.

Telecommunications Technical Specialists develop, monitor and carry out technical support functions for telecommunications networks and install computer equipment, computer systems and microwave, telemetry, multiplexing, satellite and other radio and electromagnetic wave communication systems.

Telecommunications Engineering Professionals design, construct, install, service and support telecommunications equipment, systems and facilities.

The ICT content of your qualification must be at a professional ICT level with the predominant objective of the course to educate applicants to be professionals in ICT.

As a guide, a major in a Bachelor degree must have a minimum of 33% ICT content. Such ICT content must progress through all years of the program with at least one third of it being at a demonstrably advanced final year level.

The same criteria in relation to ICT content and progression as described for a Bachelor degree, applies to programs which are postgraduate in time and do not require a Bachelor with an ICT major for entry.

As a guide, to meet the criteria, a Graduate Diploma or Masters degree which does not require a Bachelor with an ICT major for entry, must:

  •  Contain a minimum of 3 semesters or at least 1.5 years of full-time study
  • Contain at least 2 semesters or 1 year of full-time equivalent ICT content
  • Contain a minimum of 12 units, subjects, or modules (overseas degrees may contain less units, subjects or modules)  

Where study is completed at a rate less than full-time, then scaling to the equivalent of full-time is applied.

As a guide, a major in ICT for a Post Graduate Diploma or higher degree qualification which requires as a pre-requisite an undergraduate degree-level qualification with a major in ICT or equivalent must have an ICT content of at least one third, all of which must be at post graduate level.

As a guide for an AQF Diploma, an AQF Advanced Diploma, an AQF Associate degree or overseas equivalent, the ICT content must be at least 50%.

As a guide for a minor for a Bachelor degree the ICT content must be at least 20%.

As a guide for a Graduate Diploma or higher degree qualification, a minor must relate to a program with an ICT content of at least 50%.

At least 65% of the ICT content must be closely related to the nominated occupation (ANZSCO) to be suitable. This applies to all educational qualifications.

Accredited and Recognised Degrees

“Accredited degree” means a degree awarded by a university to a student who successfully completed a program of study in ICT, in which the program is recognised by the ACS accreditation process.

Accreditation is valid for students enrolling until the end of the year specified in the list of Accredited University Courses for each course. Unless otherwise stated, accreditation applies only to the Accredited University Courses conducted at the named campuses and locations.

“Recognised degree” means a degree normally awarded by a foreign educational institution, after successful completion of a program of study in ICT, in which the program has been:

Accredited by the responsible accrediting body in that country, which is a signatory to the Seoul Accord, or Evaluated by the ACS as being equivalent to a degree accredited by the ACS or a signatory of the Seoul Accord. These programs do not appear on the list of qualifications formally recognised under the Seoul Accord.

Through the Seoul Accord, the signatories recognise the equivalence of the preparation of graduates of computing education programs accredited by the signatories for professional computing practice at the entry level.

If an applicant’s degree does not fall in one of the categories referred to above, the ACS will use the current Australian Education International-National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition AEI-NOOSR Country Education Profiles (CEP) to establish the AQF educational level of the qualifications held by the applicant. Qualifications other than those listed in the relevant CEP are assessed individually.

A Bachelor or higher degree course undertaken by an applicant granted advanced standing, credits or exemptions will only be regarded as undertaken where, in the opinion of the ACS, credits or exemptions are given for equivalent subjects, particularly in terms of ICT content, taken at an equivalent educational level in an institution of equivalent academic standing.

For more information see related ICT and Engineering Employment pages.

ACS Australian Computer Society for Migration Skills Assessment.

For  more information about credit or RPL, IT, ICT and Telecommunications courses contact Andrew Smith at AIEC direct.

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