A Professional Year Program for accounting graduates combines your knowledge with real-world experience

Formally known as the Skilled Migration Internship Program – Accounting (SMIPA) and developed by CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the Institute of Public Accountants. The program consists of training and an accounting internship placement designed to improve the career prospects of international accounting graduates from Australian universities.

A Professional Year Program could be the best way to secure your career goals once you finish an accounting or finance degree in Australia. You’ll consolidate your classroom learning with a structured program that gives you the practical training to help you stand out in a competitive job market.

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(depends on the institute you choose)
Duration44 weeks,
including 12-week internship
locationAdelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth

*Up to $2500 scholarship available for accounting graduates.

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Eligibility Criteria for Professional Year Program

To qualify for a Professional Year Program in Accounting, you must:

  • Have graduated from a related higher education program within Australia (minimum 2 years duration)
  • Currently hold or applied for a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485, either stream) with at least 12-month validity
  • Minimum IELTS score of 6 in each band or equivalent
  • Provide a valid skills assessment from CPA, IPA or CA
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Experienced accountants are in high demand

A career in accounting can be extremely rewarding – you’ll be intimately involved with the financial aspects of your business or organisation, and your performance can be critical to the success of each endeavour you work on.

Consistently featuring in the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and in the combined list of eligible skilled occupations are Accountant (General), Management Accountant, Taxation Accountant, External Auditor, Corporate Treasurer. Australia’s strong and improving economy provides opportunities for international graduates follow this career path.

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You’ll also gain valuable credit points towards permanent residency

A successfully completed Professional Year Program will gain you 5 credit points towards a permanent residency in Australia.

So if you’ve enjoyed living here during your previous university studies and are hoping to find a career and make Australia your home, a Professional Year Program is what you need to achieve your goals.

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Here’s how it works

Step 1

Graduate from an Australian university with a degree in Accounting

Step 2

Learn to apply your skills practically during your 44 Week Professional Year Program

Step 3

Graduate job-ready for the Australian workforce

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A Professional Year Program organised through AECC Global is a great opportunity to advance your career in Australia. To talk with us about your options, simply leave your details here and we’ll be in touch soon to book your free consultation.


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