AQF Qualification Levels
The table below summarises the different types of AQF qualifications. This is the Australian framework for qualifications, and is relevant in determining your points score for General Skilled Migration.
This is a guide only – for overseas qualifications, you would normally need to have a formal skills assessment to determine what Australian qualification is equivalent.
You can view more on the AQF system here.
|Qualification||Duration||Description||Entry Level||Institution Type||AQF Level|
|PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)||3 years||Research qualification requiring major thesis||Bachelor Degree||University||10|
|Juris Doctorate||2-3 years||Coursework qualification||Bachelor Degree||University||7|
|Masters by Research||2 years||Research qualification requiring major thesis||Bachelor Degree||University||9|
|Masters by Coursework –||18 months to 2 years||Coursework qualification||Bachelor Degree||University||9|
|Graduate Diploma –||1 year||Coursework qualification||Bachelor Degree||University||8|
|Graduate Certificate –||0 year||Coursework qualification||Bachelor Degree||University||8|
|Bachelor (Honours) Degree||1 year||Usually requires an additional year after bachelors||Bachelor Degree||University||8|
|Bachelor Degree –||3-5 years||First university qualification||Year 12 High School||University||7|
|Associate Degree –||2 years||Usually studies towards completion of bachelor degree||Year 12 High School||University||6|
|Advanced Diploma –||2-2.5 years||Usually requires additional semester after diploma||Year 10 High School||College/TAFE||6|
|Diploma –||2 years||2 year non-university qualification||Year 10 High School||College/TAFE||5|
|Trade Certificate (AQF Certificate III or higher) –||1 year||generally takes at least 1 year of study||Year 10 High School||College/TAFE||4|
|Trade Apprenticeship –||4 years||generally includes classroom studies and on-the job training||Year 10 High School||College/TAFE||4|
|AQF Certificate II or lower||Less than a year||Year 0 High School||College/TAFE||2|