All those who want to do their IT equivalent must apply to the ACS (Australian Computer Society). All the necessary information can be found on the organization’s website ( http://www.acs.org.au ). Specifically, on this site, on the left you will find a link to ‘Assessment for Migration’. The only minimum condition they impose is professional experience (which can vary from 4 to 6 years minimum, depending on the studies performed).
Note : The validity of the assessment is 1 year from the date of issue!

ACS equates the following categories of occupations (I will also give the ASCO Code to make it easier):
– Information Technology Manager (ASCO 1224-11)
– Systems Manager (ASCO 2231-11)
– Systems Designer (ASCO 2231-13)
– Software Designer (ASCO 2231-15)
– Applications & Analyst Programmer (ASCO 2231-17)
– Systems Programmer (ASCO 2231-19)
– Computer Systems Auditor (ASCO 2231-21)
– Computing Professionals – not elsewhere classified (nec) – (ASCO 2231-79) The

equivalence of studies is done according to 3 categories:
– Group A (qualification and experience of 4 years minimum)
– Group B (qualification and experience of 6 years minimum)
– Group C (qualification)

In the following I will present in detail each category:

1. Group A
This category includes people who have studies in the field, more precisely a college or college with IT specifics. This means that the main direction of the courses is information technology. Specifically, computer science courses must be held throughout the faculty, but their amount must be at least 2 full-time semesters (I think about 10 courses).
It is also possible to go on a Master’s degree, provided that the studies are carried out over 3 semesters and are predominantly with IT content, minimum 33% IT content.
Those who qualify for Group A must have 4 years full-time experience in the field. It is important to know here that experience during college is taken into account if it can be shown that you worked full time in parallel with your studies.

2. Group B
This category includes those people who do not have a predominant education in IT, so a person who graduated from a college or college but with a different direction from IT. However, in order to be able to qualify in this class, you must still have taken IT-specific courses during college, more precisely, at least 20% to represent IT-specific courses.
If you go with a Master’s degree, IT-specific content must be a minimum of 15% and a maximum of 33%.
In order to qualify in this category you must have at least 6 years full-time experience.

3. Group C
This category is the least important category for us Romanians, because it involves graduating from an IT-specific college or college in Australia. Those who have such studies can be considered lucky, because if they have finished in less than 6 months they do not need professional experience, if they have finished in 6 – 18 months they will have to have at least 12 months of experience. .

4. RPL Report
People who do not fit into any of the above groups, but have at least six years experience can apply using RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning)
For applicants who must apply using RPL Report, they will have to present two reports, each with approximately 1000 words (two A4 pages).
A report must contain:
– the duration of the project to be described;
– the employer (employer) where you carried out this project;
– a brief description of the nature of the project;
– a description of the role played by the applicant (analyst, designer, programmer, system engineer, project manager, etc.)
– technical aspects related to the level of involvement of the applicant in this project. Sufficient details must be given here to demonstrate the knowledge gained (acquired) and how it was applied in the project.

All the information on how to send an application, where to send the file and what is the file processing fee can be found at
https://www.acs.org.au/assessment/lodgeappn.htm
Fees can be changed, so it is best to consult the official website before submitting the application !!!

One of the problems here is making a recommendation.
Here’s what such a recommendation should contain in order to be credible:
a. (If possible) to write at the beginning: Attn: ACS yes also to the bosses who sign it).
b. Company data (logo, letterhead, address, trade registration number, and just about everything you need to know about the company to show and prove that the company exists and is ok).
c. Data on the exact period of employment (if possible the interval with days: ex: from March 12, 2001 to April 17, 2003).
d. To specify clearly that you were employed full time and not part time (specify 8h / day or 40h / week).
e. Your position and a few words about what you had to do (I think it would be good to put a job description).
f. (possibly) some data about the projects in which you were involved.
g. Contact details: address, telephone, email. The name of the contact person must be clearly specified.
h. Name, signature and stamp (company / person giving you the recommendation / general manager).

Remarks:
– It is good for the recommendation to be signed and known to one of the “big” bosses (eg: general manager, employer, etc.), in order to prevent certain problems that may occur when verifying the documents.
– It is good to attach and fly with salaries (to prove that you worked full time and were paid for the work performed)

The complete file must contain the following :
– RPL Application form / Project Report (if applicable) – I wrote more above what must contain
– Birth Certificate or passport – copies translated / legalized by documents
– Details of relevant tertiary qualification – diplomas, transcripts and everything relevant to prove the studies (all legalized copies). No analytical program required!
– Employer references – it’s good to send in original (made directly in English). I recommend that you do them yourself and give them to the bosses to sign.
– Resume
– Fees: 350 AUD for simple application, 400 AUD if going on RPL. These are the fees at this time, for details see the official website.

Note : I recommend that you read / study the official website before applying. Much can change over time, and this document may become obsolete.
Good luck!!!

Adrian Banu

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