Qualifications Available

Proficiency Award (Prof.Awd.)

A proficiency award is a specialist qualification, for people who already have a “foundation” knowledge of a subject, but who wish to undertake limited specialist study in that field. This award allows you to attain a formal qualification without needing to make as much of a commitment as a full certificate.

Requirements 3 modules (combined nominal duration of at least 300 hours)
Plus 200 hours of work experience or industry meetings.
Pre-requisites A reputable Certificate or higher qualification;
Or significant industry experience which demonstrates a foundation knowledge in the subject;
Or be over 21 years of age;
Or equivalent (contact ACS for more information).
Assessment

3 exams, satisfactory completion of all assignments, documentary proof of work experience or industry meetings

This qualification is not accredited through the International Accreditation and Recognition Council, though its modules can be used as credits toward higher, accredited qualifications.

Certificate (Cert.)

This would be generally considered equal to or higher than a trade level qualification.

Requirements 6 modules (combined nominal duration of at least 600 hours)
Pre-requisites Year 10;
Or 1 year of relevant full time work following Year 9;
Or over 21 years of age;
Or equivalent (contact ACS more information).
Assessment

6 exams, satisfactory completion of all assignments

This award is accredited through the International Accreditation and Recognition Council.

Advanced Certificate (Adv.Cert.)

This would normally be considered equal to, or higher than a supervisory qualification.

Requirements 8 modules (combined nominal duration of at least 800 hours)
Plus 100 hours of work experience or industry meetings.
Pre-requisites Year 11;
Or 1 year of relevant full time work following Year 10;
Or a reputable Certificate;
Or over 21 years of age;
Or equivalent (contact ACS more information).
Assessment 8 exams, all assignments, proof of work experience or industry meetings

This qualification is accredited through the International Accreditation and Recognition Council.

Associate Diploma (Assoc.Dip.)

This would normally be considered appropriate training for lower levels of management or technician training.

Requirements 14 modules (combined nominal duration of at least 1400 hours)
Normally including Research Project I
Plus 100 hours of work experience or industry meetings.
Pre-requisites Year 12
Or 1 year of full time work following year 11;
Or a reputable certificate;
Or be over 21 years of age;
Or equivalent (contact ACS for more information).
Assessment 13 exams, satisfactory completion of all assignments, major research project, proof of industry meetings or work experience

This qualification is accredited through the International Accreditation and Recognition Council.

Diploma (Dip.)

This would normally be considered a management or professional qualification.

Requirements 20 modules (combined nominal duration of at least 2000 hours)
Normally including Research Project I and II
Plus 100 hours of work experience or industry meetings.
Pre-requisites Year 12;
Or a reputable Certificate;
Or be over 21 years of age;
Or equivalent (contact ACS for more information).
Assessment 18 exams, two research projects, all assignments, proof of work experience or industry meetings

This qualification is accredited through the International Accreditation and Recognition Council.

Advanced Diploma (Adv.Dip.)

This may in some situations be considered similar to a foundation or associate Degree.

Requirements 24 modules (combined nominal duration of at least 2400 hours)
Normally including Research Projects I, II and III
Plus 100 hours of work experience or industry meetings.
Pre-requisites Year 12;
Or a reputable Certificate (of 600 hours);
Or be over 21 years of age;
Or equivalent (contact ACS for more information).
Assessment 21 exams, all assignments, research projects, proof of industry meetings or work experience

This qualification is accredited through the International Accreditation and Recognition Council.