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ACS skills assessment - no work experience option?


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Hi all, not sure if I am misreading / misunderstanding the ACS (Australian Computer Society) Skills Assessment Guidelines.  Is there an option to only have your qualifications assessed without having your experience assessed?  If I read it correctly, the minimum work experience required for any option is 2 years.  Is this correct?  What if you have no work experience?  Can you then not have an IT related assessment done through ACS?

 

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As far as I know the work experience is mandatory. A friend of mine that recently graduated was told he'd have to wait to fulfill the minimum experience required. 

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Hi @GKatherine,

I agree with @ChrisH As far as I can see from the Guide is that you need to have two years experience before or after your qualification to meet the "Skill level requirement met date" . If you only have 2 years experience though you will get zero points for work experience.

I am not a specialist though, only had a successful result from ACS, but I had guidance from an agent.

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Hi @JonathanR and @ChrisH, thanks for the feedback.  I hoped I misread something.  Thanks for the response.

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I think you may need additional experience depending on what you do. For example, if you have a b.com that could be used for IT but also would allow you to work as a general manager, then you may need more experience.

 

So, its worth reading the specific requirements for the IT skill you are nominating.

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Hi @monsta, thanks.  At this stage, I need to do the skills assessment for the spousal points, so my understanding is that the bare minimum is required.  I am in the cybersecurity domain.  Did all my degrees in IT fields, but are actually doing more research in the field and not technical work.  Struggling to find a perfect match in terms of IT skills.

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Hi @GKatherine I realise that you created this post several years ago now, but as I am in the EXACT same predicament as you (cybersec + no experience), I would like to know how you got on with the ACS assessment.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Appreciated, 

 

Seb

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On 10/28/2019 at 11:29 AM, Sebst said:

Hi @GKatherine I realise that you created this post several years ago now, but as I am in the EXACT same predicament as you (cybersec + no experience), I would like to know how you got on with the ACS assessment.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Appreciated, 

 

Seb

Hi @Sebst,

 

The requirements for ACS are as per their site - meaning a bachelor degree with a major in an ICT subject, where the coursework is close to the skill, needs 2 years work experience related to that skill within the last 10 years to be considered "skilled" as far as the 189 goes. 

 

In my case, I had a diploma with an ICT major that was closely related to the skill (i.e. software dev), as well as 12 years experience working as a software dev. As per ACS guidelines, to consider me "skilled", ACS looked at my diploma + 5 years working experience. Anything thereafter could go to work experience, meaning I had 7 years work experience that I could use for points.

 

If you're in doubt you can give them a call (I used skype credit and did exactly that) or send an email through and they'll clear it up 100% for you, but it looks as if those 2 years experience are a requirement for the 189.

 

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