Professional Year Program

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Professional Year Program

The Professional Year (PY) program in Australia is a structured initiative designed for career development, aimed at enhancing a student’s overall abilities. It involves working in a professional environment to develop comprehensive skills, with the primary goal of securing employment in the student’s chosen field.

The program focuses on applying technical skills and knowledge in the Australian workplace and culture, fostering effective communication in such an environment. It includes an internship that acquaints participants with various work practices, addressing intricacies relevant to their nominated skilled occupation or closely related field.

Eligibility Criteria For Professional Year

To qualify for the Professional Year program in Australia, you must have completed your studies within the country. Additionally, you need to meet the following criteria:

Study & Qualifications:

The candidate must have graduated from a course aligned with the chosen Professional Year program. The applicant should have completed a Higher Education program in Australia, accumulating two years of credit points over a minimum of 18 months.


Candidates must hold or have applied for the subclass 485 Temporary Residence visa, whether on a Bridging or Student visa, providing evidence accordingly. 485 visa holders need a valid visa for the Professional Year program’s duration.

Skill Assessment:

A successful skill assessment (e.g., ACS, EEA, CPA, IPA, ICAA) is required.

Language Proficiency:

Candidates must have a minimum overall IELTS test score of 6.0, with no band score below 6, to be eligible for a Professional Year.

Fees of the PY Program in Australia

Professional Year fees in Australia range from AUD 7,000 to AUD 15,500.

How to apply for a Professional Year in Australia?

If you are wondering how to enroll in a Professional Year in Australia, follow the application process outlined below:

Step 1: Choose the program that aligns with your interests and career goals.
Step 2: Verify your eligibility based on your course and chosen program.
Step 3: Gather necessary documents:

  • Application Form
  • Certified copy of passport
  • CV/Resume
  • Certified evidence of English language proficiency (IELTS)
  • Certified evidence of current visa status
  • Certified copy of academic documents
  • A successful skill assessment from relevant assessing bodies

Step 4: Understand the program fees, which may vary and are regularly updated.
Step 5: Apply through the Online Form, allowing you to save your progress and return to complete the form within 48 hours.


What is the duration of Professional Year Program?

The program spans 44 weeks, including a 12-week internship placement in a relevant host company. The coursework comprises a comprehensive 32-week training in Business Communication skills and Australian Workplace skills, followed by a 12-week Australian workplace internship in the participant’s chosen discipline.


What are the benefits of a Professional Year Program?
  • Develop communicative skills, practical experience, and knowledge of the Australian workplace and culture.
  • Earn 5 migration points, enhancing your international student PR application.
  • Enhance your CV with valuable skills and experiences.
  • Acquire practical skills through a professional internship.
  • Attain a Professional Year certificate.
  • Boost career prospects and broaden opportunities.
  • Build a professional network with peers and industry professionals.