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