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Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

All international students must meet the following entry requirements:

International students on student visas must be a minimum of 18 years of age before they can be offered a place to study at Australian Professional Skills Institute.


1) English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students need to demonstrate they have proficiency in English before a place can be offered. If an international student does not have any current IELTS score or any recognised English language result, they are required to take an English language test administered by APSI*.

The following English language tests are recognised and accepted by Australian Professional Skills Institute:

  1. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test with overall score of 5.5 (Academic) / 6.0 (General) with no individual band lower than 5 or equivalent, OR
  2. TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language) internet based test with a score of 46 or above, OR
  3. PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic with a score of 42 or above, OR
  4. Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) from Cambridge ESOL test scores 47 or above, OR
  5. Proof that the medium of instruction at school has been in English in the last two years with a satisfactory grade in English, OR
  6. Satisfactory completion of ELICOS studies to the specified level at one of APSI’s partner ELICOS colleges as shown below.
Name of Institute Minimum English Completion Level
Level 6
Upper Intermediate
Upper Intermediate



2) Academic Entry Requirements

Country Academic Qualification
Argentina Bachillerato/Tecnico de Nivel Medio/Bachillerato Especializado
Bangladesh Higher Secondary Certificate (minimum GPA 3.5
60% in HSC first division pass ) GCE A-Level (2 subject passes)
Bhutan Bhutan Higher Secondary School Certificate
Middle Secondary School Certificate plus 2 year relevant vocational diploma
Brazil Certificado de Ensio Medio from 2011 (year 12 equivalent)
** Certificado de Ensio Medio plus 1 year Diploma or Higher qualification (pre 2011)
Chile Educacion Media (Year 12 equivalent)
Licencia de Educacion Media Tecnico-Profesional or Tecnico
China Senior Secondary Certificate (Senior School Year 3)
Colombia Bachillerato plus Curso Tecnico or 1 year Diploma or Higher qualification
Cuba Diploma de Bachiller en Ciencias y Letras/Título de Bachiller (nivel medio superior de la Education General Politecnica Laboral)
– Certificado de Fin de Estudios Secundarias/Técnico Medio/Maestro Primario, etc. (Certificado de Fin de Estudios Secundarias)
France Baccalaaureat
Germany Gymnasium
Hong Kong Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) or
Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)
India – State Education Boards 65% overall across all academic subjects.
– Central Board Secondary Education (CBSE) with 60% average overall across all academic subjects.
– Council for Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) with 60% average overall across all academic subjects.
– Diploma qualifications: Average mark of 60% or above, should be VITC recognised and of 2-3 years duration.
Italy Diploma di Scuola Superiore
Diploma di Maturità
Indonesia Senior Secondary School Certificate of Completion (ijazah/STTB SMA/STTB SMK/STTB MA)
Japan Kotogakko Shomeisho / Upper Secondary School Certificate
Kenya KCSE pass or GCE O-Level ( 4 subject passes)
Malaysia STPM (2 subject passes) or GCE A- Levels (2 subject passes) or UEC (2B’s and 2C’s in academic)
Mauritius GCE A-Levels (2 subject passes) or A level (1 A and 2 AS level passes)
Myanmar Matriculation/Basic Education High School (BEHS) plus minimum completed 2 years at Professional College or Secondary Technical College
GCE A- Level (2 subject passes) or A level (1 A and 2 AS level passes)
Nepal Higher Secondary Education Board
Certificate (Grade 12)
(Minimum 60% overall)
Nigeria Senior Secondary School (WAEC/NECO) examinations (5 subjects passes C grade average)
Pakistan Higher Secondary School (Intermediate)(55% overall minimum)
Certificate Diploma (Polytechnic/Vocational)
Peru Secundaria / Education Secundaria (Completion of Year 11) plus a Technical Diploma or entrance to University
Philippines High School Diploma/Certificate of Graduation and completed first year university at a recognised tertiary institution
2 Years Community College
2 Years Technician Training Institute
Singapore GCE A-Levels (2 subject passes)
South Africa General/Academic Senior High School Certificate/Diploma (Kodung Hakkyo Choreupchang)
Sri Lanka Sri Lankan GCE A-Level (3 passes)
British GCE A-Level (2 passes)
Taiwan Senior High School Diploma or Senior Vocational School Diploma
Thailand Upper Secondary School (Matayom 6 or Certificate in Vocational School)
UK GCE A-Levels (2 subject passes)
Venezuela Educacion Media – Academic or Tecnico (Medio)
Vietnam Diploma of General Education
Vocational Education Graduation Diploma
Vocational Training Diploma
Zambia ZSC Year 12 (5 subject passes C grade or better)
A Level (2 subject passes) or A level 1 A and 2 AS level passes or Diploma in relevant area (1 year minimum)
Zimbabwe A Level 2 passes or (1 A and 2 AS level passes) or International Baccalaureate Diploma


Alternative Entry / Mature Age Entry

APSI offers several admission alternatives and a holistic approach to assessing individual applicants over 20 years of age. The assessment of eligibility to entry may include an interview combined with consideration of a recognised certificate, overseas qualifications or two years of relevant work experience.

3) Genuine Temporary Entrant

Applicants for Student visas must show they are coming to Australia temporarily to study. The Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement is not intended to exclude students who, after studying in Australia, develop skills Australia needs and who then go on to apply for permanent residence.

If required, APSI will send you a GTE questionnaire to complete in your application assessment. You can provide further details of the GTE  statement in the application form or attach a separate document with supporting documents. We recommend you provide evidence for the information you provide in your written statement. We consider your personal circumstances when we make a decision. When we assess whether you are a genuine temporary entrant, we consider your situation as a whole.

What evidence and information to include in your GTE statement

We encourage you to provide evidence or information about:

Previous study

  • Academic transcripts showing qualifications achieved
  • Name of the education provider(s)
  • Length of study
  • Certificates of Attainment

Gap in previous study

  • Reasons why there is a gap in your studies including where you did not maintain enrolment

Current employment

  • Your current employer
  • Company address
  • Period of employment
  • Details of your position
  • The name and contact details of someone who can confirm the circumstances of your employment

Ties to home country or country of residence

  • Evidence of financial, family or social ties. You need to show you have significant incentives to return home
    • documents showing employment or business activities for 12 months before lodging an application
    • potential employment offers after course completion
    • income tax return or bank statements
    • economic situations in home country or country of residence

Further information on GTE requirement is available from Department of Home Affairs


Recognition of Prior Learning

APSI supports the Australian Qualifications Framework with the objective of facilitating pathways to, and through, formal qualifications. In support of this objective, all academic studies and prior learning will be taken into consideration when applying to APSI.

Applicants who can demonstrate successful completion of equivalent subjects at a recognised institution may be eligible for credit or exemptions when studying at APSI. Please inquire about the applying for RPL information kit at the time of application.

Credit Transfer

APSI will grant credit transfer for the same unit with the same unit code awarded by other RTOs in Australia. Please complete a credit transfer application form with all supporting documents at the time of application. If the credit transfer is approved, students are exempted from studying the same unit and are offered alternative units or a reduction in fees and course duration.

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