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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

ASCO Codes and their meaning

This post is for all those who are interested in applying for migration to Australia. The post explains how the Australian standard Classification of Occupations work and how a prospective migrant can use the ASCO codes to determine his/her suitability for a particular trade.

Ok first of all what exactly is ASCO and ASCO codes?

To be able to apply for immigration to Australia, you need to have some sort of skills which are required in Australia. The list of all such skills which are in demand in Australia are listed on a Skilled Occupation List, SOL which can be accessed by visiting the URL

If you open the SOL, you will see that there are dozens of professions listed in the SOL. All the professions listed on the SOL are in demand in Australia. Against each profession there is an ASCO code assigned.

The ASCO code of the profession defines the profession and it is the definition of the ASCO which matters while determining the skills of a person. For example I was once contacted by a person who was a high school teacher of Biology. He wanted to apply for immigration by nominating the profession of Biologist. Now according to him he was a biologist but according to the ASCO classification he is a high school teacher and not a biologist.

Similarly in another incident, a pharmacist applied for immigration by nominating the profession of Pharmaceutical sales representative. The person was not aware that according to the ASCO classification, he is a pharmacist and not a Pharmaceutical sales representative.

Hence, it is of utmost importance that before you apply for immigration and nominate a profession, you should be 100% sure that you are nominating the correct profession. Other wise your application will be simply rejected on the basis that you do not have expertise in the nominated profession.


Now the question is how can a person check whether his expertise are in accordance with the classifications of the ASCO codes. While trying to figure out the answer, I finally found an online copy of the complete ASCO codes and the definition of each and every code.

The copy can be accessed at the following weblink

ASCO Codes

So if you are not sure whether your skills and work experience fall into a particular category then simply visit the URL above and check the classification.

Kind Regards

Junaid

Migration Agent Registration Number: 0964018

4 comments:

phyu said...

hi..I am going to study Diploma in Architectural Technology in June 2011.I just like to know after I finished diploma in this course,which ASCO code is match to this course,Is civil engineering technician,Civil engineering associates or Architect?Please advice me ..Thank you in advance

Anonymous said...

Hello Junaid,

How are you?

This time I have a query ..I have completed B.B.S and working as an accountant for 4 and half year.
I will be coming Australia for my masters.
My educational consultancy suggested that I should do Master in Professional Accounting as it will help later to get PR though I am interested in studying micro finance.
And I read somewhere that an accountant with bachelor degree with 7 IELTS band score can lodge EOI. Does that mean I can apply with the experience i have ? Or do you think i should do MPA first for the sake of PR and then study whatever i like..or should i decide once i land in Australia (to study MPA)..
I know its not something you can just answer but I strongly need some suggestion.
Please suggest something.

Regards,
Sunita

Junaid Noor said...

@Sunita

This time I have a query ..I have completed B.B.S and working as an accountant for 4 and half year.
I will be coming Australia for my masters.
My educational consultancy suggested that I should do Master in Professional Accounting as it will help later to get PR though I am interested in studying micro finance.


Are you and your consultant aware of the new process for applying for PR after two years of study?

You can no longer apply directly for PR straight after studying for two yrs.

You now would have to apply for EOI and if invited can lodge an application.

So the answer is that yes it will help ultimately, but it will not help straight away. Please read the following

http://study-n-australia.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/expression-of-interest-eoi.html


And I read somewhere that an accountant with bachelor degree with 7 IELTS band score can lodge EOI. Does that mean I can apply with the experience i have ? Or do you think i should do MPA first for the sake of PR and then study whatever i like..or should i decide once i land in Australia (to study MPA)..

To lodge an application for PR you first need to lodge a EOI. If you are accepted and invited by EOI then you can lodge an application for PR.

You must fulfill the following criteria before you lodge EOI.

1) Gain a positive skills assessment from your respective assessing body. In your case the assessing body are

CPA Australia
See: CPA Australia

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia
See: The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia

Institute of Public Accountants
See: Institute of Public Accountants


2) Gain the minimum experience requirement.
I know its not something you can just answer but I strongly need some suggestion.
Please suggest something. If they give you a positive skills assessment and you have the minimum work experience then you can lodge EOI.

I would suggest that if you fulfill the criteria and can lodge EOI then lodge the EOI first and if you are invited, apply for PR.

Kind Regards

Junaid

Sunita said...

Thank you.