Check your eligibility
To enter the Professional Year Program, you must meet the following criteria:
1. Educational requirements
You must have an engineering degree at the level of Technologist or Professional Engineer completed within 4 years of the date of application, with a minimum of two years (94 weeks) study duration.
The degree must qualify as an Engineering course (Broad and Narrow Fields) under the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
2. Visa requirements
You must have applied for or been issued one of the following visas:
- Skilled Graduate (Temporary) 485 visa
- Bridging visa A or B
- Skilled Recognised Graduate 476 visa
- Secondary visa holder of other visa (457/ENS/RSMS/Labour Agreement)
Student 500 visas are not eligible. Visa conditions must grant full work and study rights.
You must also have at least 12 months remaining on your visa from the date the program starts.
If you’ve applied for a Skilled Graduate (Temporary) 485 visa, then you must have nominated an engineering ANZSCO code for migration purposes.
If you don’t hold the right visa, or have questions about visa eligibility, contact the Department of Home Affairs.
You must also have completed a successful Migration Skills Assessment through Engineers Australia.
After completing the program, you’ll be eligible to apply for five migration points. You can use these for all points-test visas.
Completion of the Professional Year doesn’t guarantee permanent residency.
For all migration and visa questions, including if you can work while completing the program, contact the Department of Home Affairs.
Australian citizens and permanent residents who are also recent graduates can also apply for the program. The Professional Year Program is full-fee paying and HECS doesn’t apply.
Who can certify your documents
You must have your supporting documents certified in Australia, within the three months prior to submitting your application. The following people can certify documents:
- Medical practitioner
- Legal practitioner
- Patent attorney
- Trademarks attorney
- Justice of the Peace
- Magistrate Registrar, or Deputy Registrar
- Master of a court
- CEO of a Commonwealth court
- Commissioner for Affidavits
- Commissioner for Declarations (dependent on jurisdictions)
- Elected federal, state or territory, or local members
- Federal, state or territory or local public servants who have been employed for five or more years
- Chartered Secretaries Australia
- Engineers Australia, other than at the grade of student (must include member number)
- Australian Defence Force (an officer, or a non-commissioned officer with 5+ years of continuous service, or a warrant officer)
- Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
- Permanent employees of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
- Bank officer, building society officer, credit union officer, finance company officer who has been employed for five or more years
- Veterinary surgeon
- Accountant (member of ICA, ASA, NIA or CPA, ATMA, NTAA)
- Minister of religion, or marriage celebrant
- Notary public
- Holder of a statutory office not specified in another item in this Part
- Police officer
- Sheriff or Sheriff’s officer
- Teacher (full-time) at a school or tertiary education institution
How to certify your documents
The person certifying the copy must see the original document. They’ll check that the copy is the same as the original.
If your document is one page, they must write on or stamp the copy:
- ‘This is a certified true copy of the original as sighted by me’
Two or more page documents
If your document is two or more pages, they must write on or stamp the copy:
- ‘I certify this and the following [number of pages] pages to be a true copy of the original as sighted by me’ on the first page
They must then:
- sign and date the first page
- initial all other pages
- add their full name, occupation and phone number
- add their address (optional).
- Communication: Communicating effectively in the workplace, resume writing and interview techniques
- Teamwork: Taking part successfully within a team
- Career development: Strategies you can use to create the successful career you want
- Client relations: Providing effective service to internal and external clients
- Workplace law: Australian legal requirements for workplaces and operations
- Health and safety: Work Health and Safety (WHS) legislation and processes
- Organisational needs: Working effectively within an organisation to meet their requirements, including equal opportunity and diversity
- Professionalism: Strategies for applying occupation-specific knowledge and skills to complex professional situations
Practical training – 32 weeks
You can choose to complete the practical training over one full day or two nights per week. You must complete the program within 12 months. Each provider will structure the program to suit the majority of participants. Some will offer after-hours classes. Speak to your provider if you have specific attendance requirements.
Topics covered include:
- effective resume writing and interview techniques
- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Occupational Health, Safety and Environment (OHSE) processes
- legislative requirements for working in Australia.
Internship – 12-weeks, full-time and unpaid
The internship is an unpaid ‘job-ready’ program.
With a mentor to support you along the way, you'll build a network of colleagues and professionals and apply your practical training in the workplace. We'll seek to place you in a firm within your engineering discipline or area of practice, but we can’t always guarantee this.
Networking and professional development
As part of the program, you’ll also:
- have ongoing networking opportunities
- become a Graduate Member of Engineers Australia
- submit a Work Placement and Events Report.
Completing the program doesn’t guarantee you employment. However, it does make you ‘job-ready’ for the Australian workforce and it provides valuable networking opportunities through Engineers Australia events.
- Your assessment is based on reports from course facilitators.
- There are no exams.
- You must complete all tasks to a satisfactory standard in English (minimum IELTS Level 6).
- Your work placement (internship) assessment is based on a report signed by your supervisor within the company.
When you enter the program, you’ll get Participant Guidelines and a Participant Handbook, both of which include more detail about assessments.
If you fail a component
If you fail a component, speak to your program provider.
Each provider has its own policy about whether you can repeat program components if you fail them.
Got a question?
If you have a question about this program, contact our Professional Year Program Coordinators.
For information for current students including attendance requirements, resources and forms visit the Professional Year in Engineering Orientation page.
Got a question for our accounts team?
Contact our accounts team if you're already enrolled in the Professional Year Program and have a question about payment.