Professional Year in Engineering

Professional Year in Engineering

Apply your university learning in the real-world, acquire new skills and grow your industry network

44 weeks, including 12-week internship
$15,200 full fee
Instalment plans available
Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
Visa Requirements
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Start Dates
Multiple dates available



Engineering Education Australia’s (EEA) Professional Year in Engineering was developed to equip international engineering graduates from Australian universities with the skills and experience they need to start a successful career.

The program consists of training and an engineering internship placement to provide a pathway from study to employment in Australia.

We are the only provider approved by Engineering Education Australia to deliver the Professional Year in Engineering across all Australian states and territories.

Program inclusions

The Professional Year in Engineering includes:

  • 32 weeks of coursework covering Australian work practice, WHS, business communications, job search skills and simulated workplace training. 
  • 12-week full-time internship
  • Free online PTE-A or IELTS English test preparation training
  • Free professional development workshops and networking events
  • The option to transfer between eight campuses*
  • Ongoing career counselling; before and during the program and after graduation

Students completing a Professional Year in Engineering can take their capabilities to the next level and build their Australian network with the largest professional engineering body in Australia.

  • Complimentary Engineers Australia Membership, activated a few months after enrolling in the Professional Year.
  • Access to fantastic resources through the EA OnDemand professional development platform.   The site includes high quality content on topics ranging from technical skills, career development and becoming a chartered engineer. It also includes the Young Engineers Australia (YEA) CPD Series that’s relevant to graduates.  Webinars and content are available to watch on-demand, at your own convenience.
  • Access to the Starting in the Australian Engineering Workplace EEA Online short course to help you master the core skills required to contribute to a team and transition from student to professional working engineer.

*Subject to availability.


A professional internship placement will provide you with opportunities to apply your university learning in the real-world, acquire new skills and grow your industry network.

We ensure that each host company understands how best to assist you to achieve your professional development goals and we are proud to have placed 100% of our engineering candidates into a professional internship related to engineering.

Some examples of host companies that ACAP Professional Year has successfully placed participants in include the below:

Course outcomes

  • Upon completion of the program, graduates may be eligible to claim five points toward permanent residency.  However, you should note that this is not a guaranteed outcome.  For more information, visit the Department of Home Affairs website 

  • Practical work experience in your field of study

  • A professional customised resume created with ACAP Professional Year’s online resume builder myNavCV

  • A professional LinkedIn profile, supplemented by any of 5000+ LinkedIn Learning courses

  • Improved English language skills through delivering presentations, simulated workplace training and your choice of either PTE-A or IELTS English test preparation

  • Grow your professional network and join relevant professional associations

  • Professional Year Program certificate

I have seen people here struggle and study so much that they end up doing odd jobs. I took this step for my professional development which I believe was the right decision and have recently landed a job.

Umer Irfan


Proven success rate


100% of our placements have been matched to our participants’ professional background and career goals.

1 IN 2

One out of two Professional Year graduates gain employment with their host company*


80% of Professional Year graduates secure employment in their chosen field within six months of graduating

The Professional Year Program gave me access to a real Australian workplace. For a fresh graduate, it is an awesome link between universities and industries.

Lin Sun


I feel great because I could integrate quickly into this culturally diverse company and win my supervisor and colleagues’ trust through the employability skills that I learned at the PY program. I feel like I made the right choice with this Professional Year program.

Charlie Jialiang Su


Bring your own device

With an increased use of educational tools throughout the ACAP Professional Year coursework, enrolled participants will need to bring their own device (BYOD e.g. laptops, tablets) during training sessions in order to fulfill work-simulated activities.

Minimum requirement:
  • Operating System: Windows 8 Home Edition or later
  • Processor: Intel Core i3 / AMD 2.0 Ghz or better
  • RAM: Minimum 4 GB, recommended 8GB
  • Hard Drive: 128GB SSD (256GB SSD recommended if not using Cloud storage)
  • Display: 13 inch full HD (1920 x 1080) with a built-in webcam
  • WiFi: 802.1x compliant
  • USB Headsets with microphone
  • Device must be fully charged

Other important Program information


Grading and assessments

Participants are graded on classroom attendance and participation, assessment tasks and completion of the 12-week internship placement in engineering.
To receive a Professional Year certification participants must have a 100% attendance record, complete the required assessment tasks and a 12 week internship placement.

Quality and compliance

Our focus on quality ensures you receive the most up-to-date job training and advice, and the maximum benefit from your internship experience.

We are approved by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) and the Professional Association (EEA) to offer the Professional Year Program in engineering in all eight capital cities of Australia.

  • 100% attendance is required by DHA and enforced by ACAP  Professional Year
  • Our training and assessment practices are fully compliant under ASQA Standards for Registered Training Organisations
  • Navitas Professional Training Pty Ltd, (trading as ACAP Professional Year), is a registered training organisation RTO: 21663
  • All our trainers hold a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or higher, and a minimum Certificate IV in a relevant vocational qualification
  • Our trainers are experienced working in the Australian workplace and provide excellence in teaching adults utilising best practice adult learning techniques
  • Account Managers interview all applicants to assess suitability for the program and internship placements
  • Internship Placement Consultants perform a minimum of one workplace progress assessment during each internship
  • All our graduates are surveyed for student satisfaction on completion of the Professional Year Program

Entry requirements

To qualify for the Professional Year in Engineering, you must:

  • have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate award for Engineering in Australia, completed within 4 years of the date of application, with a minimum of two years (94 weeks) study duration.
    Note: The degree must qualify as an Engineering course (Broad and Narrow Fields) under the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
  • hold or applied for a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485, either stream) with at least 12 months’ validity or hold an eligible Secondary Visa with work and study rights with at least 12 months’ validity
    Note: Offshore university graduates may be eligible to complete the Professional Year in Engineering on a 476 visa.
  • have at least a IELTS score of 6.0 with nothing below 5, in all 4 competencies or equivalent PTE-A and TOEFL – iBT scores
  • provide a successful Migration Skills Assessment from Engineers Australia.

Offshore university graduates may be eligible to complete the Professional Year in Engineering on a 476 visa.

For further information visit the Engineering Education Australia website.

Click here for more information about visasEnglish language requirements, payment options and how to apply.


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