ACS Professional Year Program (ICT)

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Program Details
icon-book Course ID: ACSPYICT icon-file-text Certificate: ACS Professional Year Certificate
icon-clock-o Duration: 44 weeks (Including 12 weeks of Internship) icon-flag-checkered Locations: Perth
icon-archive Delivery Type: Blended (Classroom and online) icon-globe Language: English
 Fees and Charges icon-calendar Course Dates: View Course Intake Dates
Program Description

ACS Professional Year Program for ICT is a 44-52 weeks work readiness program, gazetted by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), and specifically designed for international students who have graduated in Australia and are hoping to apply for permanent residence in Australia.

The ACS Professional Year equips participants with the skills and knowledge to successfully enter the Australian workforce in their professional field. It combines face to face workshops with online education and real work experience in internships, to help you to become a young professional rather than a student or recent graduate.

Why Choose NIT Australia?

  • IT Specialist

We specialise in ICT training and education. NIT is a professional partner of Australian Computer Society (ACS), an authorised CISCO Academy, VMware Academy, CompTIA Academy, IBM Academic Initiative Partner and Microsoft Imagine Partner.

  • Learn from professionals

Our trainers are highly experienced in Business and IT industry and bring relevant case studies into the classroom. We groom our students to be able to communicate and engage professionally, and adapt to Australian workplace culture.

  • Get career advice in IT field

Our IT career advisors and trainers have guided many students in overcoming their struggles in deciding their best specialisation pathway or pinning their first IT job in Australia.

  • 100% of our students get an internship

Our internship consultants work with you to get you a relevant IT internship opportunity where you gain hands-on IT experience in an Australian organization.

  • Create effective resumes

Online resume builder creates dull and ineffective resumes. At NIT, your resume can stand out among others through our one-to-one review session with our career advisors and trainers with IT experience.

  • Ace your job interviews

One of our highly demanded event is where we invite real IT professionals and managers to conduct practice interviews. This helps you to gain real exposure and an opportunity to connect with these professionals from IT industry.

  • Build your professional networks

We work closely with many Australian IT businesses, organisations and associations. We are able to help you engage with people from industry to maximise your chances of employment success. You also get a free ACS Student membership for 12 months.

  • Gain access to hidden job markets

About 80% of jobs are not advertised, so how can you tap on this? We equip you with key networking skills and guide you with the ways to access hidden job markets in IT sector.

  • Free English Classes

Students who struggle to get desired score in English language proficiency tests like IELTS and PTE can benefit from free 20 hour English improvement or exam preparation classes.

  • Flexible payment options

You can opt to pay via an instalment plan instead of paying full fees at the start.

  • Great campus and resources

NIT is conveniently located near Perth CBD and is easily accessible via public transport. Free parking is available around the campus. Our campus is spacious and features modern learning facilities.

Comparison chart

NIT ACS Professional Year Program includes NIT Australia Other providers
Coursework duration: 32 weeks
12 weeks of industry internship
Eligibility for 5 migration points on successful completion of the program*
12 months ACS student membership
Ongoing career assistance during and after completion of the program
Option to attend weekday evenings or weekend classes
Affordable fee installment plan
Free access to NIT Help You Prepare Employment Program for 12 months
Regular Industry Guest Speaker Sessions
Access to a range of library resources for students
Free IELTS/PTE training classes
Access to IT specific workshops and events
An option to transfer to any ACS accredited Professional Year Program provider

*NIT does not guarantee any migration or skills assessment outcomes after completion of Professional Year.

Program Structure

The Professional Year framework consists of the following four components:

Communication and Performance in the Australian Workplace (CPW)

Entry and Advancement in the Australian Workplace (EAW)

Professional Environments (PE online, provided by the ACS)

The first two components are delivered simultaneously in classroom, covering 250 contact hours. The Professional Environments (PE) component which is delivered by the ACS will run in conjunction with internship period.

And the program will be delivered in the following sequence:

Professional Year Perth

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to attend an interview as a part of the application process. They must:

  • Have successfully attained and completed an ICT-related Bachelor or Master degree or higher from an Australian tertiary institution (minimum two years’ full-time study in Australia).
  • Have completed their principle course of study (on a Student Visa) prior to commencing the Professional Year Program.
  • Hold a valid passport and visa that allows full work and study rights whilst undertaking the ACS Professional Year Program.
    • Preference will be given to those currently on a 485 Temporary Graduate visa (either Graduate Work or Post-Study Work stream) or active Bridging Visa A *.
  • Hold a valid IELTS minimum band score of 6.0 (Academic or General), no band below 5.0 (or equivalent score in other acceptable English Proficiency tests) undertaken within the last 3 years.
  • Undertake a face-to-face application interview with NIT to ensure course suitability and viability

* Participants who already have permanent residency or who hold other visas which have full work and study rights for the duration of the PY Program may also be accepted.
Note: No visa extensions will be granted in order to complete the ACS Professional Year Program. Therefore, prospective applicants who already hold a valid visa will require a minimum of 12 months validity on their visa before commencing the ACS Professional Year Program.

Access and Equity

NIT is committed to access and equity. This in practice means that NIT staff are required to provide equal opportunity in all courses and activities, precluding discrimination on the basis of race, religion, political affiliation, age, sex or physical/intellectual disability.

Frequently Asked Questions
To read Frequently Asked Questions on ACS Professional Year Program click here.

Apply for this Program

Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button on this page to start your application.

Although not required, NIT recommends applicants to have a Skills Assessment before applying. Click here for more information on ACS Skills Assessment.


TOEFL iBT, Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Certificate, or Cambridge English Advanced (CAE)

Certificate with the scores equivalent to IELTS scores mentioned in table below:

Test Test Score Band
IELTS 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.0 6.5 7.0 7.5 8.0 8.5 9.0
TOEFL iBT 32 35 46 60 79 94 102 110 115 118
Pearson 30 35 42 50 58 64 72 78 82 86
Cambridge 162 169 176 185 191 200 205 209

Course Intake Dates

Year – 2018
Intake Date
Class Commencement Date
Application Deadline
12 Mar 2018 17 Mar 2018 5 Mar 2018
9 April 2018 14 April 2018 2 April 2018
14 May 2018 19 May 2018 7 May 2018
11 June 2018 16 June 2018 4 June 2018
18 June 2018 23 June 2018 11 June 2018
2 July 2018 7 July 2018 25 June 2018
9 July 2018 14 July 2018 2 July 2018
23 July 2018 28 July 2018 16 July 2018
6 August 2018 11 August 2018 30 July 2018
3 September 2018 8 September 2018 27 August 2018
24 September 2018 29 September 2018 17 September 2018
1 October 2018 6 October 2018 24 September 2018
22 October 2018 27 October 2018 15 October 2018
19 November 2018 24 November 2018 12 November 2018