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Skills assessment FAQ
Skills assessments can be complex, so we've answered some frequently asked questions
Documents required for the Australian skills assessment application
Getting your skills assessed doesn't have to be complicated. Here you will find information to help you determine the documents you need to provide for the assessment, how to submit them, and ensure that they meet the required document standards guidelines.
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Australia skills assessment outcome
Find out about your Australia skills assessment outcome, validity and your options
Information for third parties and migration agents
Learn more about the process of applying for skills assessments on behalf of your clients
Types of assessment
We're a designated assessing authority and can determine if you meet the educational standard for the occupations listed below, alongside the corresponding codes from the Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO).
- Accountant (general) – 221111
- Corporate treasurer – 221212
- External auditor – 221213
- Finance manager – 132211
- Management accountant – 221112
- Taxation accountant – 221113
CPA Australia provides the following skills assessment services:
- Full skills assessment: for educational qualifications and English language requirement.
- Provisional assessment: Temporary Graduate via (subclass 485) Graduate Work stream
- Note - Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree or above may also have access to the Post-Study Work stream of the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) which does not require applicants to nominate an occupation or obtain a skills assessment. Any queries regarding visa policy should be directed to the Department of Home Affairs.’
- Skilled employment assessment: Optional – requires 'suitable' outcome for full skills assessment.
CPA Australia doesn't award or provide advice on points for visa applications. We recommend you contact the Department of Home Affairs for visa advice.
There are three components of the skills assessment to determine suitability:
1. Degree comparability
You must hold a qualification that we assess to be an equivalent to at least an Australian bachelor’s degree. We follow the Australian Government's Department of Education, Skills and Employment guidelines when assessing overseas qualifications.
Provisional assessment: Temporary Graduate via (subclass 485) Graduate Work stream requires you to have an Australian bachelor degree or 12 unit master degree in accounting, business, commerce or economics.
2. Educational knowledge
Qualifications that meet the degree comparability requirement will be assessed for relevance to your chosen occupation. This is conducted using the following mandatory competencies according to each ANZSCO code.
|Accountant (general) - 221111
Corporate treasurer - 221212
Finance manager - 132211
Management accountant - 221112
|Taxation accountant - 221113||External auditor - 221213|
|Accounting systems and Processes||Accounting Systems and Processes||Accounting Systems and Processes|
|Business Law||Australian Taxation Law*||Audit and Assurance|
|Economics||Business Law||Business Law|
|Financial Accounting and Reporting||Economics||Economics|
|Finance and Financial Management||Financial Accounting and Reporting||Financial Accounting and Reporting|
|Management Accounting||Finance and Financial Management||Finance and Financial Management|
|Quantitative Methods||Management Accounting||Management Accounting|
|Quantitative Methods||Quantitative Methods|
|*Study must cover Australian taxation law|
Use our accredited course search to check your qualifications are on CPA Australia's list of formally accredited studies. This tool will show the competencies achieved from your qualifications. If you have completed an accredited course, you will not need to provide syllabus details of your studies to accompany your application.
3. English proficiency
The English language proficiency requirement is mandatory for all applicants.
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