Australia is one of the most sought after countries for jobs and hence many migrants come every year with great qualifications. These qualifications are then re-assessed as per what the employers need in Australia. Thus on coming to Australia many job seekers reassess their qualifications and try to convert them into what is required. The Australian Qualifications Framework is the national policy that takes care of regulated qualifications framework in the Australian education and training system.
Many a times the qualifications you have do not carry much weightage in Australia and even a skilled migrant is then forced to do a lower skilled job. Thus the person starts feeling trapped with skills that can be put to much better use. This is where a skill assessment comes to use. A proper skill assessment can help you highlight the previous work and education experience you carry in a more comprehensible way to the Australian employers. These point skilled tests help you to reframe your experience and get suitable jobs in Australia.
Migrants who have lived and worked in Australia are offered free Overseas Qualification Assessment after qualifying some conditions. These tests focus on academic achievements and past experience and how it is suited in the Australian context. Here are a few things that you need to know about assessing your overseas qualifications in Australia:
- Skills and Qualifications assessment
Qualifications assessments are done by government qualifications units. You need to find out about the suitable authority in your area (state or territory) and consult them about your qualification’s assessment. Contact the Department of Training and Education for this.
- Overseas Qualification Recognition
Many organisations help you in assessing your overseas qualifications. There may be a number of reasons that you need to get it assessed like for job, study or to migrate to Australia itself. The reason will determine which organisation you need to contact.
- Prior Learning Recognition
These tools known as Recognition of Prior Learning are run by various education institutions both government and privately managed.
The RPL tools are generally used by professionals who have worked in Australia for some time and now want to upgrade their skills. Used mostly for higher studies after gaining some work experience, the RPL assesses the candidates formal education along with their work experience and other achievements. If the experience is in the area where the person is looking for higher studies, it serves as some credit points and also significantly reduces the studying time.
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