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Complete Guide to Engineering Accreditations in Malaysia

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What is Accreditation?

Ever heard of the term ‘Accreditation’ and have no idea what it means or it’s importance towards your qualification? 

Accreditation is a formal form of verification that a program or institution meets an established standard of practice and is deemed competent to carry out assessment. In the world of education, accreditation is used to determine the validity of qualifications offered by either local or private universities in producing quality graduates. Accredited degrees offer students, parents and employers globally a form of assurance that their employees have met a set level of competency. Accredited courses from qualified organizations ensure graduates meet industry standards. 

Which Accreditation is the Best for Engineering?

Country

Malaysia

Australia

United Kingdom 

Accreditation

Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM)

Engineers Australia (EU)

Engineering Council United Kingdom (ECUK) 

What Do They Do

Regulate engineering services, conforming to professional ethics & international best practices for public safety in Malaysia

Dedicated to being the national forum for the advancement of the engineering field within Australia

Regulatory authority for registration of Chartered and Incorporated engineers and engineering technicians

Countries They Are Recognized In 

Australia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States

For more information regarding the accreditation of your engineering course and it’s validity, contact Excel Education! 

What is the Washington Accord?

An accord is known as an agreement or concurrence of opinions. 

Washington Accord is known as an international agreement signed between engineering bodies who are responsible for accrediting engineering courses in their representative countries. These engineering bodies play a role in ensuring the standards of engineering education are met. Washington Accord acts to create a standardized quality of graduate engineers worldwide to ease the mobility of professional engineers, for them to gain professional registration in other countries to increase employability without having to undergo further formal education. Acquiring a qualification that is recognized by the Washington Accord directly means your qualification is internationally recognised. 

All 3 Accreditation bodies: Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), Engineers Australia (EU) and Engineering Council United Kingdom (ECUK) are all signatories under the Washington Accord! 

Malaysia is a signatory of the Washington Accord. Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) represents Washington Accord in the accreditation of Engineering programmes in both local and private universities in Malaysia, to ensure it is satisfying the academic requirements for the practice of engineering professionally. In simple words, if your Engineering program is accredited by the Board of Engineers Malaysia, it is also accredited by the Washington Accord. This accreditation ensures that graduates from these programs will have the opportunity to register as Graduate Engineers in other countries as well without needing to re-qualify! Other countries who are signatories under the Washington Accord are such as Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Ireland,Singapore, United States, The United Kingdom and many more!

How to Become an Engineer in Malaysia?

Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM)

The Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) is known as an authoritative body of international standing that regulates engineering practice. Their main roles include regulating engineering services, conforming to professional ethics and international best practices, in ensuring public safety for Malaysia. 

*Note: Only 4-year long engineering programs are recognized by the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM)

General Requirements of Registering as a Graduate Engineer in Malaysia

To become registered as a ‘Graduate Engineer’ in Malaysia, you are required to have acquired any qualification in engineering (either awarded by Malaysia or other countries) which is recognized by the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM). 

Top Accredited Engineering Programs in Malaysia:

#1 Taylor’s University

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Undergraduate Bachelors Programs:

Programs Offered 

Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Hons) 

Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Hons) 

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons) 

All Engineering programs offered by Taylor’s University are accredited by: 

  1. i) Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) 
  2. ii) Engineers Australia 

iii) Engineering Accreditation Board of the Engineering Council – United Kingdom

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#2 Monash University

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Undergraduate Bachelors Programs:

Programs Offered 

Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Hons) 

Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons) 

Bachelor of Electrical and Computer System Engineering (Hons) 

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons) 

Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Hons)

All Engineering programs offered by Monash University Malaysia are accredited by: 

  1. i) Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) 
  2. ii) Engineers Australia 

iii) Engineering  Accreditation Board of the Engineering Council – United Kingdom

For more information on intakes, fees, scholarships available and application process, contact Excel Education.

#3 University of Nottingham Malaysia

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Undergraduate Bachelors Programs: 

Programs Offered 

Accreditation

Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Hons) 

Institution of Chemical Engineers

Bachelor of Chemical Engineering with Environmental Engineering (Hons)

Institution of Chemical Engineers

Bachelor of Civil Engineering

Joint Board of Moderators (Institution of Civil Engineers, The Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation)

Bachelor of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Institution of Engineering & Technology 

Bachelor of Mechatronic Engineering

Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET)

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering

Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE),

Institution of Engineering Designers (IED)

Note: Undergraduate Bachelor’s degrees offered at University of Nottingham Malaysia are NOT accredited by Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) as they are 3-year long courses instead of 4-year long, per requirement of BEM!

For more information on intakes, fees, scholarships available and application process, contact Excel Education.

Undergraduate Masters Programs: 

Programs Offered 

Accreditation

Masters of Chemical Engineering (Hons) 

Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM),

Institution of Chemical Engineers

Masters of Chemical Engineering with Environmental Engineering (Hons)

Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM),

Institution of Chemical Engineers

Masters of Civil Engineering

Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), Joint Board of Moderators (Institution of Civil Engineers, The Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation)

Masters of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), Institution of Engineering & Technology 

Masters of Mechatronic Engineering

Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET)

Masters of Mechanical Engineering

Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE),

Institution of Engineering Designers (IED)

For more information on intakes, fees, scholarships available and application process, contact Excel Education.

#4 Asia Pacific University (APU)

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Undergraduate Bachelors Programs:

Programs Offered 

Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical & Electronic Engineering  (Hons) 

Bachelor of Engineering in Telecommunications Engineering  (Hons) 

Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronic Engineering (Hons) 

Bachelor of Petroleum Engineering (Hons) 

All Engineering programs offered by Asia Pacific University (APU) are accredited by: 

Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) 

For more information on intakes, fees, scholarships available and application process, contact Excel Education.

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Study Liberal Arts in Malaysia

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The world that we live and grow in is ever-changing with in-demand technical skills constantly evolving. However, the emphasis on soft skills such as critical thinking, effective communications and relationship-building has always and will always be  a deal breaker in any workforce. Flexibility and critical thinking allows for a more forward-thinking individual that is prepared to face a broad range of careers. A degree in Liberal Arts will give you exactly that! Unsure of what the study of Liberal Arts is? Read more to find out.

What is Liberal Arts?

Liberal Arts is known as the umbrella degree to which is an interdisciplinary course, covering a broad scope of topics within the humanities including social science, natural science and formal science. The aim for a liberal arts undergraduate degree is to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to flourish in many different industries. 

Fields that fall under Liberal Arts include: 

  1. Science – statistics, mathematics, algebra, logical reasoning 
  2. Humanities – philosophy, religion, literature, linguistics, arts, teater, music & languages 
  3. Social Sciences – law, history, sociology, psychology, economics, earth science & geology 
  4. Natural Science – chemistry, biology, physics, astronomy & archaeology 

Why should you study Liberal Arts?

If you’re still debating whether a liberal arts degree would be beneficial for your future, here are some key reasons by pursuing a Liberal Arts degree would be best:

  • Prepares students to work in a variety of fields 

A Liberal Arts degree provides students with a strong and wide variety of foundation knowledge in multiple areas of specialties than in comparison to pursuing a degree specialised in only one area. Throughout their degree, students will get introduced to subjects they might not have ever gotten the opportunity to learn from a specified degree.  Upon graduation, students will be able to make a more comprehensive and informed choice in picking their career pathway. 

  • Builds a foundation for pursuing graduate study 

Liberal Arts being an interdisciplinary course of study enables students to build a solid ground beneath them to prepare them if they were to option into pursuing their graduate study. The diverse fields of studies  gained gives students the chance to navigate themselves from one industry to another. 

  • Diversified skill set for higher employability  

Liberal Arts graduates are widely known by industry specialists as one of a kind capital. A degree in Liberal Arts emphasizes soft skills that many employees are dying to have. Highly valuable skills such as effective communication, problem solving and critical thinking skills are MUST for any job. These acquired qualities will enable them to adapt to various environments and thrive in society as they have a broad perspective of the world around them. Graduates are also known to be incredibly good at storytelling and articulating complex ideas which are perfect in building your personal brand.

Career Pathways After Studying A Liberal Arts Degree

Upon graduation, you can look forward to various doors of a variety of industries to dive into, where you can put your soft skills to play. Here are some career pathways you can consider, categorized by majors within Liberal Arts: 

*Note: Keep in mind, some of the career paths recommended may require higher levels of qualifications. 

a) Sociology

Social Worker: Working to help solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. Social workers specializing in family welfare also protects vulnerable families and children in need of assistance and support. 

Community Development Officer: Work to bring social change and improve the quality of life in communities, by helping individuals and families.

b) Communications

Public Relations Manager: Craft media releases and develop social media strategies through programs to create awareness for individuals or brands whilst measuring engagements.

Graphic Designer: Work to use their creativity and artistic visualizations to create visual concepts. Many times, these designs are used in business for websites, advertisements, social media posts and even print publications.

c) English

Journalist: Work as the eyes and ears of the public in reporting news and events. They research, write, edit and proofread materials to be published in televisions, radio or even print publications such as magazines, journals and newspaper columns. 

Editor: Work for fact-checking along with correcting spelling, grammar and punctuations. Polishing everything as refined as possible before the content is published.

d) Psychology

Counselor: Offer guidance through assistance and support to individuals that are dealing with issues that affect their wellbeing and mental health state. They aims to improve their quality of life by encouraging clients (individuals, couples, families, children) to discuss emotions and experiences

Human Resources Specialist: Work with the human capital of a company. You will be in charge of recruiting, hiring and retaining employees along with resolving internal conflicts faced by employees. 

Unsure of the differences between majors and which one to choose? For more information on specific entry requirements or application process, contact Excel Education! 

General Entry Requirements to Study Liberal Arts in Malaysia

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification

Scores

A-Levels 

Min. 2B’s and 1C

STPM

Min. 3B’s

Diploma 

Min. GPA 3.3

Foundation

Min. GPA 3.0

Australian Matriculation

Min. ATAR 82

UEC 

Min. 1A and 4B3’s

*NOTE : Different universities have different entry requirements. Contact us for more information.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification

Scores

MUET 

Min. Band 4

IELTS

Min. 6.5 

TOEFL (IBT)

Min. 87

Pearson English Test 

Min. 71

*NOTE : Different universities have different entry requirements. Contact us for more information.

Top Universities to Study Liberal Arts in Malaysia

#1 Monash University Malaysia

Image Credits: Monash University

Program Offered 

Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences 

Major in: 

-Communication

-Film, Televisions & Screen Studies 

-Global Studies 

-Gender Studies 

-Public Relations 

-Psychology 

-Writing 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time) 

Intake 

February, July or October 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

RM37,132 (Local students)

RM 42,446 (International students)

#2 University of Nottingham Malaysia

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Program Offered 

Bachelor of Liberal Arts (Hons) 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time) 

Intake 

September 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

RM 28,500 (Local students)

RM 34,600 (International students)

#3 Taylor’s University

Image Credits: Taylor's University

Program Offered 

Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) 

Specialise in: 

  • International Relations
  • Social Innovation & Change

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time) 

Intake 

March and August 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

RM 28,856 (Local students) 

RM 35,538 (International students)

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How to Become An Industrial Designer in Malaysia

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Are you a creative and innovative person? Do you have an artistic mind with engineering and computer hard skills? Do you wish to create products that will make society easier, safer and more enjoyable? 

If you answered yes to the questions above, a degree in Industrial Design would most definitely favour you! Let’s dig a little deeper into the industrial design field and find out exactly what it is and if the career path is right for you.

What is Industrial Design?

Industrial design can be defined as the features that make up a shape or pattern of a product through industrial processes. 

The study of Industrial Design is the study of designing products that aim to be appealing and unique yet thrive for functionalism and practicality. This area of study uses a combination of theoretical concepts of materials and processes with the designs, shapes and patterns. 

Industrial designers’ job is generally based on using their creativity and imagining how consumers might use a product and test multiple versions of the products to test it’s functionality. Many times, you will probably work closely with engineers, production experts and consumer market experts.  Some industrial designers focus on developing ideas for improvement for general products such as bicycles, furniture, cars and housewares whilst some industrial designers specialise in specific product categories such as smartphones or equipment to aid individuals with disability. 

Common roles and responsibilities of Industrial Designers include: 

  • Conducts product research and analyses to fulfil commercial, cultural and physical requirements
  • Formulates designs through preparation of sketches, diagrams, illustrations, samples and models, on paper or using computer software
  • Conducts consultations with clients, stakeholders and manufacturing parties for design solutions 
  • Work alongside other experts: mechanical engineers, manufacturer to conduct evaluation of the functionality and worth of design concepts 
  • Selects, specify functional and practical materials for manufacturing process 
  • Facilitates entire production process, along with preparing prototypes and samples 

Skills Needed to Become An Industrial Designer

  • Analytical skills 

Industrial designers should be able to analytical think using logical reasoning to be able to design and produce designs on products that’ll improve the pre-existing products or create a new market entirely 

  • Creativity 

Industrial designers should be able to express their ideas through designs. Creativity is important in ensuring a successful career as you’d require to be innovative in your work and accurately integrate the ever-evolving technologies into your new product. 

  • Computer Software Skills 

Industrial designers are required to use computer-aided-design softwares to make an accurate representation of their design concepts. But fret not, many universities provide their students with a Computer Aided Design (CAD) class to teach them the practical principles needed to use the software! 

Career Options for Industrial Design Graduates

To become an Industrial Designer  in Malaysia, you will need at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design, along with an impressive portfolio of your designs to impress your employee. 

All industrial designs in Malaysia are authorized by the Industrial Designs Registry at the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO). To fulfil the requirements of a registrable design in Malaysia, you would need to fulfil the requirements based on the Industrial Designs Act 1996. 

Besides becoming a Industrial Designer, here are other career pathways you could embark on: 

  • Interior Designer
  • Furniture Designer 
  • Automotive Designer 
  • Movie Set Designer 
  • Software Designer 

*NOTE: It is important to note that some of these alternate career pathways require different qualifications. 

General Entry Requirements for Studying Industrial Design in Malaysia

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification

Scores

A-Levels 

Min. 2E’s

STPM

Min. CGPA 2.00 in 2 subjects

UEC 

Pass with min. 5Bs

Matriculation/Foundation

Min. GPA 2.00 

Diploma 

Min. GPA 2.50

*NOTE : Different universities have different entry requirements. Contact us for more information. 

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification

Scores

MUET

Min. Band 1 (Local students)

Min. Band 3 (International students)

IELTS

Min. 5.0

TOEFL (IBT)

Min. 35

Pearson English Test 

Min. 36

*NOTE : Different universities have different entry requirements. Contact us for more information.

IMPORTANT: Most universities also require a portfolio showcasing your previous work/designs as part of the entry requirement. 

Top Universities to Study Industrial Design in Malaysia

#1 Asia Pacific University (APU)

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Program Offered 

Bachelor of Industrial Design (Hons)

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time) 

Intake 

June and November 

Indicative Fee (2021)

RM 81,800 (Local Students)

RM 88,200 (International Students)

#2 First City University

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Program Offered 

Bachelor of Furniture and Product Design (Hons) 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time) 

Intake 

February and September 

Indicative Fee (2021)

RM64,630 (Local students)

#3 LimKokWing University

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Program Offered 

Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design (Hons)

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time)

Intake 

February and August 

Indicative Fee (2021)

CTA

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How to Become a Journalist in Malaysia

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What is Journalism?

Journalism is known as the art of delivering real-time news and events to society by gathering, assessing, creating and presenting news and information. 

As a Journalist, your key responsibilities would include investigating news and events, gathering information, writing up new pieces and delivering them to the public in an honest manner through various mediums such as newspaper, radio, magazine, websites or even social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter). 

Journalists are said to have very important roles in society as they hold the power of the information being received by the public. They also have a big influence with the news they put out, as it provides society with information on various topics that they use to make decisions about different aspects of their daily life, their communities, their society and the government. Journalism significantly varies from other forms of communications as it focuses on not just the hard facts, but also the truth behind those hard facts. Without journalism, the world would be full of ignorance.

Types of Journalism

Type of Journalism 

Specialization 

Investigative Journalism 

Analyzes information & carry out in-depth research to expose evidence of a specific subject to support their conclusions and deliver findings of figures

Broadcast Journalism 

Reports information through multiple mediums such as radio & television on topics such as sports, weather, traffic, news and entertainment. 

Entertainment Journalism 

Focuses on current cultural and social events. They report on celebrities, movies, red carpet events, and televisions. 

Political Journalism 

Focuses on government, politics and political candidates. They write about political activities of elected officials, political processes and the results of political work in providing information for voters to formulate their own opinion.

Sports Journalism 

Focuses on the subject of athletes and athletic news, in a variety of media such as radio, television and print. They write about amateur and/or professional sports such as reporting live games, interviewing coaches and players and offering game commentary. 

Skills Needed to Become a Journalist

  1. Analytical Thinking 

To become a good journalist, it is extremely important for you to be able to analyze different situations and events. Journalists don’t just report anything and everything they see. You need to pick up on things that are “newsworthy”. You need to find different angles for different stories to enable your stories to be interesting enough to attract attention. 

  1. Open Mindedness & Honesty

Having an open mind allows you lesser boundaries in having the ability to fully grasp realities of different events. A journalist acts as the eyes and ears to deliver important information to the public. But, everything you write needs to be based on facts. It is your job to not let your own emotions or judgement affect the news you deliver. Everyone has their own ideas of what’s right and what’s wrong – but your job is the illustrate the entire picture. You have to report your news from a neutral stance, being objective and stating the facts accurately. 

  1. Good writing skills 

Again, grabbing the attention of your readers are key in what makes you a good journalist. Good writing skills will give you the upper hand in being able to play around with your words, in making a basic story into something more interesting (without changing the context of the situation of course!)

Top Malaysia News & Media Websites

  1. Malaysia Kini

Malaysia Kini is an online independent news portal, focusing mainly on local events that allows their journalists and editors the full freedom of publishing without any external interference. Malaysiakini receives over 2.3 million page-views per day on both desktop and mobile. They have news published in multiple languages including Malay, English, Chinese and Tamil. 

  1. The Malay Mail 

Malay Mail, founded in 1896  is a well-known media organization that has merged it’s newspaper and online media platforms to give readers current news along with everything they need to know on local politics, lifestyle trends and opinions of social issues locally and all around the world.

  1. The Star Online 

Well-known within the local community, The Star is an English-language newspaper in Malaysia established back in 1971. Owned by Star Media Group, they have now launched ‘The Star Online’ essentially an online news website reporting all things business, politics, sports, lifestyle and even opinions. They also have an app to help readers keep in touch with the latest news and events in the country. 

  1. SinChew 

Sin Chew is a leading Chinese-language newspaper in Malaysia. Founded back in 1929, Sin Chew Daily has since achieved a daily circulation of almost 500,000 physical copies sold. Sin Chew Daily owns 53 new bureaus and six printing plants in Peninsular and East Malaysia. 

  1. China Press

China Press is a Malaysian Chinese-language newspaper launched back in 1946. Known as the fastest growing paper in Malaysia, especially by the local Chinese, it sells about 48,000 physical copies daily. 

  1. Berita Harian

Owned by New Straits Times Press, Berita Harian is a daily newspaper first published back in 1957 in Malay language. They deliver news about local events with sections in their newspaper including sports, business, global, entertainment, women and even the weather. 

Subjects Offered in Journalism Courses

  • Photojournalism 

Students will be guided to develop their skills in photography as well as learning how to tell stories using only visuals. Alot of photography and graphics skills will be taught in this subjects. This includes the entire process of collecting, editing and presenting news material in the form of visuals. 

  • News Reporting 

Students will get introduced to the basic theories of news writing and reporting. Setting the social, professional and legal context in the world of journalism, students will learn how to combine information they’ve acquired along with photos and videos and turn it into a news piece for the public. This subject will test the entire production process & help them to critically examine their own workflow. 

  • Creative Writing 

Students will learn the foundation of journalism, by developing and building their verbal and non-verbal skills and confidence. Focusing on their writing skills, this subject aims to build students’ literacy and creativity to guide them in writing informative and accurate stories that will grab the attention of the public. 

  • Radio and TV Reporting 

Students will gain knowledge on all media platforms involved in broadcasting. This includes exposure to the entire production process including writing, producing, editing and handling equipment such as camera, microphones and many more. You  will also learn skills such as retrieving and recording news through audio and video equipment. 

General Pathway of Becoming a Journalist in Malaysia

To become a Journalist in Malaysia, you will need at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication, preferably with a specialization in Journalism or Broadcasting. To further boost your skills and knowledge as well as employability, it is recommended for you to obtain experience in the media sector, no matter through your school activities or internships with external media companies. 

Career Pathway of a Journalist Graduate in Malaysia

Besides becoming a Journalist, here are other career pathways you could embark on: 

  • Broadcast Journalist 
  • Editorial Assistant 
  • Magazine Journalist 
  • Content Editor 
  • Reporter
  • News Anchor 
  • Photojournalist 

Generally, An entry-level Journalist can expect to earn an average annual salary of around RM36,000 while a Journalist of 5-9 years of experience can expect to earn an average annual salary of around RM51,503. Experienced Journalist with 10-19 years of experience can expect to earn up to RM51,978. 

General Entry Requirements for Studying Journalism in Malaysia

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification

Scores

A-Levels 

Min. 2E’s

STPM

Min. CGPA 2.00 in 3 subjects

Diploma 

Min. GPA 2.00

Australian Matriculation

Min. ATAR 55 

UEC 

Pass with min. 5Bs

*NOTE : Different universities have different entry requirements. Contact us for more information.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification

Scores

MUET 

Min. Band 3

IELTS

Min. 5.5

TOEFL (IBT)

Min. 34

Pearson English Test 

Min. 36

*NOTE : Different universities have different entry requirements. Contact us for more information.

Top Universities to Study Journalism in Malaysia

#1 Taylor’s University

Image Credits: Taylor's University

Program Offered 

Bachelor of Mass Communication (Hons)

Specialize in : Journalism and Media Practice

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time) 

Intake 

January, March, June and August 

Indicative Fee (2021)

RM 95,578 (Malaysians)

RM 116,107 (Non-Malaysians)

#2 UOW Malaysia KDU

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Program Offered 

Bachelor of Mass Communication (Hons)

Specialize in: Journalism and Broadcasting

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time) 

Intake 

January, March, May, July, September 

Indicative Fee (2021)

RM71,025 (Malaysians)

RM83,400 (Non-Malaysians)

#3 Asia Pacific University

Image Credits: APU

Program Offered 

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Media and Communication Studies 

Specialize in: Journalism 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time) 

Intake 

June, September and November 

Indicative Fee (2021)

RM 78,000(Malaysians)

RM 88,200 (Non-Malaysians)

#4 IACT College

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Program Offered 

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Media, Culture and Communication

Specialize in: Journalism 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time) 

Intake 

January, June, August & November

Indicative Fee (2021)

RM 68,000 (Malaysians)

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Becoming a Lawyer in Australia

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The study of law is the study of a system where a framework of rules is created and enforced through governmental or social institutions, varying from institutions or countries to regulate behaviour and ensure a fair, safe and equal world. 

Lawyers generally provide legal advice to clients (individuals or organizations) when legal advice or assistance is required. Tasks and duties done by lawyers include: conducting research on the case, arranging witnesses, preparing  and reviewing contracts, drawing up claims, acting as executor of will and representing clients in court (just to name a few)!

Different Types of Law

Types of Law   

Specialization 

Criminal Law 

Finding and punishing individuals who have broken the law – uncover the true perpetrator of a crime and bring justice to the victim of that crime 

Corporate Law 

Ensuring businesses adhere to the set local and federal regulations in their operations 

International Law 

Governs the interactions between different countries in ensuring safety of citizens 

Commercial Law 

Deals with commerce, trade and consumer transactions, including bankruptcy, contracts, mortgages, real estate 

Family Law 

Handles family relationships including divorce, child custody, adoption, child abuse or domestic violence 

Constitutional Law 

Legal proceedings related to upholding or interesting the constitution of the country including civil rights and freedom of speech 

Labour Law 

Focuses on relationships between employers and employees including ensuring employees are not being exploited, governing collective bargaining and benefits dispute 

Intellectual property law 

Protects creators from copyright infringement including intangible creative works that are protected by copyrights or trademarks 

Steps to Become a Practicing Lawyer in Australia

To become a Lawyer in Australia you will need to go through multiple steps: 

1.  Complete a Bachelor of Law (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD) 

To become a practicing lawyer, you would need to undertake either a Bachelor of Law (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD). LLB is suitable for students who do not already possess a degree whilst a JD is suitable for students who already have a degree in another discipline. Typically, both of these courses take 4-5 years to complete. 

2. Complete a Practical Legal Training  (PLT)

Law graduates who wish to become certified lawyers need to undergo Practical Legal Training  otherwise known as the ‘Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice’ assessed by the Legal Admissions Board varying by each state or territory in Australia. This qualification focuses on practical skills needed to become a lawyer and can be attained within a minimum of 6 months. Another alternative option would be through the Legal Practice Experience which is an 80 day supervised legal practice with an experienced lawyer. 

3. Admission to Legal Practice 

Application to the Law Admissions Authority at the state or territories of choice to practice is then applied by law graduates within 5 years of graduation. 

4. Apply for Practicing Certificate from the local Law Society 

Final step of transition to becoming a practicing lawyer is to complete an 18 to 24 months of supervised practice before the application to the Law Society of the state for Practising Certificate. 

NOTE: Australia operates a system of Solicitors and Barristers. Once you have become a practising lawyer, you are able to decide if you want to remain as a Solicitor or move onto becoming a Barrister.

What is the difference between a Solicitor and Barristers?

Solicitor 

A solicitor is a qualified legal practitioner that works out of court. Main responsibilities of solicitors include working directly with clients in providing legal advice, writing documents and contracts, negotiating with clients, conducting research and gathering evidence. Solicitors only represent their clients in court if necessary. 

Barrister

A barrister generally focuses on litigation, which is the process of taking legal action. Main responsibility of the barrister is conducting court appearances to represent their clients. This includes presenting the case and representing and translating their client’s view into legal arguments. 

 It is important to note that in Australia, each state and territory acquires its own legal Bar authority where in order to become a Barrister, you need to gain entrance to the Bar Readers’ Course by taking the Bar exam and pass the course. It is important for you to understand that the pathway of becoming a lawyer upon graduation varies based on state or territories chosen. The process of becoming a lawyer typically requires a combination of 6-8 years of education and training.  International students wishing to work as a Lawyer in Australia need to fulfil certain requirements to be eligible to apply for the ‘Temporary Graduate Visa’ upon completion of their education. Contact us for further assistance!

Average annual salary for law graduates varies significantly depending on your job position, country or state of practice along with other external factors. However, generally- An entry-level Lawyer can expect to earn an average annual salary of around A$58,158 while a lawyer of 2-4 years of experience can expect to earn an average annual salary of around A$65,309. Mid-level & experienced lawyers with 5-20 years of experience can expect to earn from a range of $98,741 to A$117,446. 

General Entry Requirements to Study Law in Australia

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification

Scores

A-Levels 

Min. 3A’s

STPM

Min. 3A’s 

Malaysian Matriculation

Min. GPA 3.7

Australian Matriculation

Min. 95.5 

UEC 

Min. 5 A1

*NOTE : Different universities have different entry requirements. Contact us for more information!

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification

Scores

IELTS

Min. 7.5

TOEFL (IBT)

Min. 105

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

Min. 76

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Top Universities to Study Law in Australia

#1 University of New South Wales (UNSW)

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The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) offered at UNSW is a double degree program, which means you pair your legal studies with a bachelor’s degree in a non-law field of study.

Program Offered 

Bachelor of Laws 

Examples of double degrees options: 

  • Actuarial Science 
  • Arts
  • Computer Science 
  • Criminology 
  • Economics
  • Engineering 
  • Media 
  • Science 

Program Duration 

5- 7 years (Full time) 

Intake 

February and September

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$37,920 – A$45,660

#2 University of Sydney

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The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) offered at University of Sydney is a double degree program, which means you pair your legal studies with a bachelor’s degree in a non-law field of study.

Program Offered 

Bachelor of Law 

Examples of double degree options: 

  • Arts
  • Commerce
  • Science 
  • Economics
  • Engineering 

Program Duration 

5 years

Intake 

March and August 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$46,000

#3 Monash University

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Program Offered 

Bachelor of Laws 

Program Duration 

4.25 years (Full time)

Intake 

February and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$42,000

#4 University Technology of Sydney (UTS)

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Program Offered 

Bachelor of Laws

Program Duration 

4 years (Full time)

Intake 

March and September 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$45,360

#5 University of Queensland

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Program Offered 

Bachelor of Law (Honours)

Program Duration 

4 years (Full time) 

Intake 

February and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$43,888

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5 Best Student Cities in Australia

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Planning to further your studies in the beautiful land of Australia? Not sure which city to choose to become your home away from home? Look no further, here are the 5 best student cities along with a list of highly reputable universities within each city to guide you in making the best choice!

#1 Melbourne

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Often known as Australia’s cultural capital, Melbourne is known to be home away from home for over 100,000 international students – earning the world’s second best student city, behind Paris in France. Melbourne is a top choice for university students for many reasons, mainly being ranked – 10th best city in the world for employer activity which ensures high employability for international students upon completion of their studies. 

Besides that, Melbourne’s climate is highly adaptable to students coming from everywhere. Melbourne is surrounded by valleys, hills, rivers and creeks that contribute to an overall cooling temperature. Easy and affordable commuting systems are also available for transportation comprising taxis, buses, trams and trains where students will be able to commute between places hassle-free. Melbourne is also a vibrant and multicultural city that celebrates its diversity through various events, performances, festivals and local foods. Filled with many cultural museums and regular sports competitions, this city has something to offer for everyone from anywhere. 

Melbourne is also home to a number of reputable universities with world university rankings, which caters to a very vast variety of subject areas. Here they are listed along with their QS World University Ranking (2021):

Universities                                                 

QS World University Ranking (2021)

Monash University 

55th

RMIT University 

223th 

Deakin University 

275th 

Swinburne University 

372th 

La Trobe University 

398th 

Victoria University 

551th-560th

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#2 Sydney

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If you’re looking for a city where you’ll be given excellent education and a comfortable lifestyle, Sydney is definitely where it’s at. With 22% of their entire student population consisting of international students, the public transportation system in Sydney makes it easy and convenient for students to get around the suburbs, city centre and others including buses, ferries, trains, and trams with the city’s Opal card as a method of payment. As a student, you’ll be able to spend your day exploring the city and it’s iconic landmarks such as Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay. Alike Melbourne, Sydney offers a multicultural city for everyone to enjoy cultures from around the world. 

However, Sydney is known to be the most expensive state to live in Australia, due to its title of being among the top most livable cities in the world. Sydney is also known as Australia’s economic hub with hundreds of firms which allows international students a wide range of opportunities for internship, training or even future employment. 

Sydney is also home to a number of reputable universities with world class rankings, which caters to a very vast variety of subject areas. Here they are listed along with their QS World University Ranking (2021):

Universities 

QS World University Ranking (2021)

University of Sydney 

40th

University of New South Wales (UNSW) 

44th 

University of Technology Sydney 

133th 

Macquarie University

214th 

Western Sydney University 

474th 

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#3 Perth

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Capital of Western Australia with a population of more than 2 million people, Perth is an ideal student city on the west coast. Perth is known as the ‘Education City’ with more than 35,000 international students coming into the city to study. Perth is a good alternative for students who dislike the city lifestyle of Melbourne and Sydney that is also equipped with a comprehensive transportation system with 40% discounts offered to international students for commuting. Perth also offers many part-time work opportunities for international students, up to 20 hour per week which helps you not only be able to fund your stay here but also learn new and different skills while meeting different types of people. 

This cultural hub of a city provides different backdrops for cultural events and festivals, various food choices and entertainment venues to cater to making the city the best second home for international students.  Along with that, Perth has 19 stunning beaches with various activities such as fishing, surfing and snorkelling for you to enjoy on your day offs. 

Perth is also home to a number of reputable universities, which caters to a very vast variety of subject areas. Here they are listed along with their QS World University Ranking (2021):

Universities 

QS World University Ranking (2021)

University of Western Australia 

92th 

Curtin University 

217th 

Murdoch University 

571th-580th

Edith Cowan University 

651th-700th 

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#4 Brisbane

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Known as the ‘Sunshine State’ of Australia, Brisbane is a city best known for its warm and sunny weather, perfect pair for its popular gateways at rainforests, islands, waterfalls and beaches. Brisbane also boasts an incredible food and cultural scene, which allows international students to find food from all over the world. Besides that, Brisbane is a fairly affordable city compared to the other, which allows you to experience studying abroad with a cheaper price tag.

Brisbane’s reliable public transport system eases the travel throughout Brisbane for students, especially with a Translink go card that will allow you to travel by bus, train and ferry throughout the city. Lastly, this beautiful city offers a wide range of opportunities for international students to take up part time jobs up to 40 hours bi weekly to help them finance their stay and study in the country. 

Brisbane is also home to a number of reputable universities, which caters to a very vast variety of subject areas. Here they are listed along with their QS World University Ranking (2021):

Universities 

QS World University Ranking (2021)

University of Queensland 

46th 

Queensland University of Technology 

217th

Griffith University 

303th 

James Cook University 

462th

University of Southern Queensland 

701-750th

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#5 Adelaide

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Located in the southern part of Australia, Adelaide is a second home to approximately 10,000 students from all over the world, with a 1.2 million population. Adelaide has many options when it comes to transportation, this city offers free buses, trams and trains within the city with also an integrated system that connects the city to the suburbs for the ease of citizens. As an international student, getting a student metroCARD allows you to travel using these public transports while saving. Accommodation in Adelaide is also cheaper. 

The city also offers many opportunities for students to get involved in internships and part-time jobs whilst pursuing their students in Adelaide. This city also hosts a number of international events all year-round such as Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Fridge and Test Cricket where students will definitely find something of their interest. Not only that, Adelaide is also constantly bursting with flea markets, entertainments, events, award-winning restaurants and world-famous wineries for you to enjoy. 

Adelaide is also home to a number of reputable  universities, which caters to a very vast variety of subject areas. Here they are listed along with their QS World University Ranking (2021):

Universities 

QS World University Ranking (2021)

University of Adelaide 

106th 

University of South Australia 

295th 

Flinders University 

423th 

 

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Top Universities to Study Computer Science in Australia

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Let’s start by asking yourself some questions: 

  1. Do I love maths?
  2. Would I enjoy learning programs to communicate with computers?
  3. Am I creative and love solving challenging problems?
  4. Can I think logically and persistently? 

If your answers are yes to all the questions above, taking up a Computer Science course would be ideal for you! 

What is Computer Science?

Computer Science can be defined as the study of computers and the theoretical and practical applications that build its system. The study of computer science applies a combination of mathematics, engineering, algorithm, software engineering, hardware engineering and artificial intelligence. Various programming softwares is used such as Java, Python, C++ where it’s used to create, develop and design more effective computer programs whilst solving different problems. Majoring in this field will guide you in developing incredible technical skills and give you a whole new perspective on problem-solving. 

Diving into the world of Computer Science is known to be a tough pathway for many students. However, if you’re willing to invest the time and effort, you’ll definitely be able to learn the disciplines in leading to many lucrative careers in a high-demand industry! 

Key Skills Needed to Study Computer Science

1. Analytical & Problem Solving skills 

Being a computer science student, your main responsibility includes identifying a problem and coming up with solutions to address and fix it using technology in a systematic and logical way. Most of your tasks that you’ll be working on will require you to have strong analytical skills for you to transform concepts you have into reality. 

2. Critical-thinking skills 

Critical thinking is yet another important asset to have in this field. Many problems that you’re expected to find solutions for are not direct. Variety of projects that you will work on will require a variety of methodologies- and knowing techniques to use and when to use them is important in your work output, quality and effectiveness assured. 

3. Resilience 

The process of the work that individuals do in the field of computer science requires a lot of resilience. The entire process of programming is a lengthy process as you’re most likely going to fail multiple times before finding the best solution. Being resilient and determined throughout is an extremely important skill to have to ensure a successful career. 

Career Pathways After Studying A Computer Science Degree

To work in the field of Computer Science in Australia, you are usually expected to have completed an undergraduate qualification related to the field along with hands-on experience building software applications outside of education settings (ex: internships, hobbies or freelancing).

Here are different career options for Computer Science graduates: 

  1. Computer Programmer
  2. Data Scientist 
  3. Software tester 
  4. Web developer
  5. System Analyst 
  6. Business Analyst 
  7. Database administrator 

An entry-level Computer Programmer can expect to earn an average total income of AU$55,877. An early career Computer Programmer with less than 4 years of experience can expect to earn an average total income of AU$65,634. A mid-career Computer Programmer can earn an average total income of AU$68,200 while experienced Computer Programmers can expect to earn AU$90,010 and above. 

*Average annual total income differs between states in Australia. 

Graduates will be eligible to apply to join the Australian Computer Society (ACS), and the program has been designed to specifically meet level 1 accreditation. Students and graduates can also join the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

General Entry Requirements to Study Computer Science in Australia

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification                                                          

Scores

A-Levels 

Min. 1A 2B

STPM

Min. 3B

Malaysian Matriculation

Min. GPA 2.6

Australian Matriculation

Min. ATAR 80 

UEC 

Min. A2, best out of 5 subjects  

*NOTE : Different universities have different entry requirements. Contact us for more information. 

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification

Scores

IELTS

Min. 6.5

TOEFL (IBT)

Min. 85

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

Min. 61 

*NOTE : Different universities have different entry requirements. Contact us for more information. 

Top 5 Universities to Study Computer Science in Australia

#1 University of Melbourne

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Program Offered 

Bachelor of Science 

Major in: 

  • Computing and Software Systems 
  • Data Science 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time) 

Intake 

February and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$41,492

#2 University of Sydney

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Program Offered 

Bachelor of Science 

Major in: 

  • Computer Science 
  • Data Science 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time) 

Intake 

March and August 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$50,000

#3 Monash University

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Program Offered 

Bachelor of Computer Science 

Specialization: 

  • Data science 
  • Advanced computer science 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time) 

Intake 

February, July and October 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$42,800

#4 University of Queensland

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Program Offered 

Bachelor of Computer Science 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time) 

Intake 

February and July

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$45,120

#5 University of Technology Sydney

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Program Offered 

Bachelor of Computing Science (Hons)

Program Duration 

4 years (Full time) 

Intake 

March and September 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$44,832 

#6 Griffith University

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Program Offered 

Bachelor of Computer Science 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time) 

Intake 

March and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$32,000

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Top Universities to Study Architecture Degrees in Australia

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Have you always had a fascination for the shape and designs of buildings you see? Do you like the idea of ​​working on new designs and creating beautiful spaces? Do you have a creative but also analytical mind?

If yes, architecture is definitely a career pathway for you to consider. 

Architecture is known to be the art of designing and constructing to fulfill both practical and expressive desires. An architect’s main role and responsibility include: planning and creating designs for new construction projects, alterations and redevelopments. They are well knowledgeable on both art and science of building design as they are not only incharge of the external aesthetic but also the internal functionality and safety of their buildings’ occupants.  

Different Specialization of Architecture

  • Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture focuses on outdoor spaces such as neighbourhood, parks, gardens and public spaces. Landscape architects engage in core ecological, cultural and social issues faced in the society when designing spaces to ensure efficiency and engagement with the environment. They are also in charge of deciding locations for buildings, walkways and parks in building a community. Examples of responsibilities of landscape architects: deciding types of trees in areas and types of material used for walls and walkways. 

  • Interior Architecture 

Interior Architecture is known as a combination between two fields of study: interior designing and architecture. It focuses on the interior of a space and its human functionality. Interior architects are usually involved in the building or rebuilding of interior environments, taking building structure and building codes into account to create a safe and habitable living space. Examples of responsibilities of interior architects: ensuring proper plumbing, electrical system as well as including sustainable designs.

  • Urban Planning 

Urban Planning focuses on the study of how cities grow, change and the policies that guide towards a better quality of life through a resilient and healthy future. Urban Planning learns about the historical evolution of cities and of the discipline in a global perspective; the responsibilities of the profession, and how cities are planned and governed. Examples of responsibilities of urban planners: plan making, policy analysis, and technical writing in both urban and regional contexts. 

Skills Needed to Study Architecture

  • Creative and Design Skills 

If you’re going to be spending the rest of your career designing cutting-edge buildings that push the boundaries of aesthetics, then you’re going to need a flair for the imaginative. It is important for you to have creativity to visualize design and concepts to bring new ideas to life as well as to keep up with the constantly evolving society. However, it is also important for you to create ideas that are practical and suitable for the needs of your clients. A good architect needs to be able to combine visuals with functionality to bring a design to life. 

  • Attention to Detail

Architectural drawings are known to be really detailed pieces of work that work as a guide for construction workers to rely on as a guide in constructing the building. You would need to acquire the skills in paying attention to detail as you cant afford to go wrong with any details as even a single misplaced window or faulty plumbing arrangements can affect the outcome of the entire building. 

  • Computer Software Skills 

To become an architect, it is important for you to be tech-savvy. Many drafting of construction plans and designs have moved into the world of digital technology. Be sure to familiarise yourself with computer software such as Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modelling (BIM) 

  • Teamwork 

As an architect, you will have to work closely with numerous parties such as lawyers, construction managers, surveyors, local government officials and even structural engineers in the process of bringing your design to life. It is important to be able to communicate effectively with all these parties, work together with them to ensure the needs of your clients are met in completing a design successfully.

4 Famous Australian Architecture

#1 Sydney Opera House

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In 1959, the Sydney Opera House is known as one of the most iconic architectural pieces in the country built by Jørn Utzon where it has since been a home to many of the world’s greatest artists and performances, and a meeting place for matters of local and international significance. 

#2 Buildings Spanning The Olderfleet to Rialto

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Constructed back in 1888 by Architect William Pit- these are a collection of five buildings of different styles that are considered essential pieces of Australian architecture on Collins Street in Melbourne

#3 Boyd Baker House

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Arguably the most influential architect in Australia, Robin Boyd constructed about 100 houses that demonstrate his ideas about architecture. Boyd’s most significant designs brought to life include Blott House, Stone House, Lyons House, King House & Studios. Image above shows Blott House constructed back in 1956 by Robin Boyd.

#4 Lobster Bay House

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Designer Ian Mckay designed this house back in 1971 in New South Wales, incorporating a series of geometrically shed-like forms that turned into a beautiful piece of landscape by the sea.

Pathway of Becoming an Architect in Australia

To become an architect, you would need to complete a Year 12 equivalent qualification (eg: A Levels, STPM, Matriculation, IB Diploma) along with an English Language Requirement (eg: IELTS, TOEFL PCE). Then, you have to complete an accredited degree in architecture. At this stage, you would have the option of pursuing a Degree in Arts/Design with a major in Architecture OR a direct Degree in Architecture, depending on the availability of courses based on your university of choice. Upon graduation, you can option to pursue a Master’s Degree followed by a phD in Architecture. If you intend to practise, it is important to note that you must complete an accredited architecture degree, have 2 years monitored experience with an architectural firm followed by the completion of an examination in architectural practice set by Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) to be registered with the Architects Registration Board state specific.

General Entry Requirements to Study Architecture in Australia

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification                                                                                                                                                           

Scores

A-Levels 

Min. 1A 2B

STPM

Min. 3B’s 

Malaysian Matriculation

Min. GPA 2.6

Australian Matriculation

Min. ATAR 80

UEC 

Min. A2 , average of 5 subjects

*NOTE : Different universities have different entry requirements. Contact us for more information. 

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification

Scores

IELTS

Min. 7.0 

TOEFL (IBT)

Min. 96

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

Min. 68

*NOTE : Different universities have different entry requirements. Contact us for more information. 

Top 5 Universities to Study Architecture in Australia

#1 University of Sydney

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Program Offered 

I. Bachelor of Architecture and Environments

II. Bachelor of Design in Architecture

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time)

Intake 

March 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

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#2 University of Melbourne

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Program Offered 

Bachelor of Design 

Major in: 

I. Architecture 

II. Landscape Architecture 

III. Urban Planning 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time)

Intake 

March and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

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#3 RMIT University

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Program Offered 

I. Bachelor of Architectural Design 

II. Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design

III.  Bachelor of Interior Design (Hons)

IV. Bachelor of Urban & Regional Planning (Hons)

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time)

Intake 

February and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

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#4 University of New South Wales (UNSW)

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Program Offered 

I. Bachelor of Architectural Studies 

II. Bachelor of Industrial Design 

III. Bachelor of Interior Architecture (Hons)

IV. Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Hons)

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time)

Intake 

February and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

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#5 Curtin University

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Program Offered 

I. Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science)

II. Bachelor of Applied Science (Interior Architecture)

IV. Bachelor of Urban & Regional Planning 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time)

Intake 

February and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

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Top 8 Popular Courses for International Students to Study in Australia

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Australia is known to be a country that has been producing high-quality graduates with both local and international students. The Australian lifestyle attracts students from all parts of the world due to its world-class education, beautiful beaches, outdoor activities, easy commutes and multicultural food scene. This diverse country also offers a variety of courses from many reputable universities that cater to possibly everyone. 

However, if you’d like to apply for permanent residency after obtaining your degree, you should definitely select courses that are in demand in Australia. 

Here are the Top 8 Popular Courses for International Students to Study in Australia which will help you gain employment and maximize your chances of successful immigration. 

  1. Accounting 
  2. Agricultural Science 
  3. Architecture 
  4. Actuarial Science 
  5. Engineering 
  6. Computer Science 
  7. Psychology 
  8. Tourism & Hospitality Management 

1. Accounting

Accounting is a profession for keeping & interpreting financial records – either for individual clients, small businesses or larger organizations. Common tasks and responsibilities of accountants include: ensuring the compliance of relevant laws and regulations, preparing and maintaining important financial reports, preparing tax returns and offering guidance on revenue enhancement and profit maximization. 

Upon studying Accounting – you will be able to choose from various career paths such as: 

  1. Accountant
  2. Financial Analyst 
  3. Credit Manager 
  4. Investment Manager 
  5. Payroll Manager 
  6. Trust Manager 

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An entry-level Accountant can expect to earn an average annual salary of around A$48,530 while an accountant of 2-4 years of experience can expect to earn an average annual salary of around A$55,137. Mid-level & experienced accountants with 5-20 years of experience can expect to earn from a range of $67,700 to A$76,700. 

Here are the:

Best Universities to Study Accounting in Australia, Based on QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 (Accounting & Finance)

University of Melbourne – 18th Place

The University of New South Wales – 19th Place 

The University of Sydney – 21st Place 

Monash University – 32nd Place 

Australian National University – 42th Place 

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2. Agricultural Science

Agricultural Science covers a broad range of biological sciences, with a main focus in economic and social science practiced in the field of agriculture. The field of agricultural science aims to actively seek different methods of increasing crop yields, increase productivity of farmland, reduce risk and loss due to insects as well as develop the most efficient system to increase overall food quality. Agricultural Science is a popular course to study in Australia due to the overwhelming number of farms country wide. 

Upon studying Agricultural Science – you will be able to choose from various career paths such as: 

  1. Farm Manager 
  2. Agricultural Consultant 
  3. Geneticist 
  4. Soil Scientist 

*NOTE: Do keep in mind that the qualifications required vary depending on chosen career paths! Contact us for more information!

An early career in Farm, Ranch or other Agricultural Manager with less than 4 years experience can expect to earn an average annual salary of around A$62,500 while more experienced individuals with 10 or more years of experience can expect to earn an average annual salary of A$67,000

Here are the:

Best Universities to Study Agricultural Science in Australia, Based on QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 (Agriculture & Forestry)

University of Queensland – 26th Place 

Australian National University – 39th Place 

University of Western Australia – 51th Place 

University of Melbourne – 55th Place 

University of Sydney – 60th Place

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3. Architecture

Architecture is the design of buildings and physical structures. Known as a combination of both science and arts, architects’ main roles & responsibilities include designing creative and visually appealing structures whilst also ensuring their designs are safe and functional in everyday life. Architects are usually directly responsible for working with the client to draw and draft designs of their desired structure followed by engineers and contractors in bringing a drawing on paper to a real building. 

Upon studying Architecture – you will be able to choose from various career paths such as: 

  1. Architect 
  2. Architectural Model Specialist 
  3. 3D Visualizer 
  4. Landscape Architect 
  5. Design Consultant 

*NOTE: Do keep in mind that the qualifications required vary depending on chosen career paths! Contact us for more information!

An entry-level Architect with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average annual salary of around A$50,500, early career Architect with 1-4 years of experience can expect to earn an average annual salary of around A$62,000 while mid-career architects earn an average annual salary of A$71,500 followed by experienced Architects with up to A$ 85,700. 

Here are the:

Best Universities to Study Architecture  in Australia, Based on QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 (Architecture & Built Environment)

University of Sydney – 21st Place 

University of Melbourne – 23rd Place 

RMIT University – 28th Place 

New South Wales University – 33rd Place 

Curtin University – 51st Place

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4. Actuarial Science

Actuarial Science is the study that applies both mathematical and statistics to assess risk in insurance, finance and other industries & professions. This field is all about calculating money-related risk through probability, adequate business knowledge and statistics. They evaluate how likely an event is to occur and calculate the financial impact of it towards individuals, companies and organizations. Individuals that have graduated with an actuarial science degree are known as actuaries.

Upon studying Actuarial Science – you will be able to choose from various career paths such as: 

  1. Risk Analyst 
  2. Insurance Actuarial Science 
  3. Business Analyst 
  4. Investment Analyst 
  5. Data Scientist 

*NOTE: Do keep in mind that qualifications required vary depending on chosen career paths! Contact us for more information!

An entry-level Actuary with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average annual salary of around A$71,200, early career with 1-4 years of experience can expect to earn an average annual salary of around A$85,00 while mid-career actuaries earn an average annual salary of A$119,700 followed by experiences Actuaries with A$114,400.

Here are the:

Best Universities to Study Actuarial Science in Australia, Based on QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 (Statistics & Operational Research) 

University of Melbourne – 36th Place 

Australian National University – 50th Place 

Monash University – 61th Place 

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) – 65th Place 

University of New South Wales – 72nd Place 

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5. Engineering

Engineering is the application of both mathematics and science in which helps to design, build, maintain and improve a wide range of things such as structures, machines, electronic devices, systems and processes. The work of Engineers can be seen in everything we do on a daily basis which includes the roads we drive on, the smartphones we use as well as the food we eat. An Engineering course will equip you with various methods of applications to help solve health and safety, cultural and even environmental concerns. However, Civil engineering vacancies continue to dominate the Australian engineering employment landscape. 

Types of Engineering Fields:

I. Civil Engineering 

Deals with designing, constructing of infrastructure. Civil Engineers are the ones behind the creation of roads, bridges, dams and buildings. 

Upon studying Civil Engineering – you will be able to choose from various career paths such as: 

  1. Site Engineer
  2. Construction Engineer 
  3. Urban Planning Engineer 
  4. Structural Engineer 

II. Chemical Engineering 

Uses a combination of engineering and science to aid in the processing of food, create industrial chemicals and make pharmaceuticals. 

Upon studying Chemical Engineering – you will be able to choose from various career paths such as:

  1. Petroleum Engineer
  2. Environmental Engineer 
  3. Waste Management Engineer 
  4. Safety Engineer 

III. Mechanical Engineering 

Responsible for designing and manufacturing products and machines. Mechanical Engineers are the ones behind the manufacturing of aerospace, computer-aided design, robotics and even nanotechnology. 

Upon studying Mechanical Engineering – you will be able to choose from various career paths such as: 

  1. Automotive Engineer
  2. Industrial Machinery Engineer
  3. Robotics Engineer
  4. Manufacturing Engineer

IV. Electrical Engineering 

Centred around electric-powered technology. Electrical Engineers work with electrical components, devices and systems such as power generators, wires and microchips to design and develop electrical equipment as well as test and supervise the production of these items. 

Upon studying Electrical Engineering – you will be able to choose from various career paths such as: 

  1. Telecommunications Engineer
  2. Design Engineer
  3. Control Engineer
  4. Computer Engineer

*NOTE: Do keep in mind that qualifications required vary depending on chosen career paths! Contact us for more information!

An entry-level Engineer graduate with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average annual salary ranging from A$60,333 to A$64,428, early career Engineers with 1-4 years of experience can expect to earn an average annual salary ranging from A$70,696 to A$71,643 while mid-career Engineers earn an average annual salary ranging from A$86,041 to A$89,327 followed by experienced Engineers ranging from A$103,920 to A$121,089.

Here are the:

Best Universities to Study Engineering in Australia, Based on QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 (Engineering & Technology)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) – 36th Place 

University of Melbourne – 50th Place 

Monash University – 58th Place 

University of Sydney – 65th Place 

Australian National University – 79th Place 

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6. Computer Science

Computer Science is the study of information processes and creating computer programmes. It involves a range of theoretical studies of algorithms, computations and information to the practical issues of implementing computational systems in hardware and software. Main roles & responsibilities of computer scientists include using technology to solve problems and prepare for the future. They also write and program software to create applications and websites. Their primary focus, however, is to validate and develop models for interaction between people and computers or software and devices. Specialising in areas such as machine learning, data management and banking give great career outcomes for international students in Australia as due to it’s excellent technical education. 

Upon studying Computer Science – you will be able to choose from various career paths such as: 

  1. Web Developer 
  2. Database Analyst 
  3. Software Engineer 
  4. Java Programmer 
  5. Cybersecurity Analyst

*NOTE: Do keep in mind that the qualifications required vary depending on chosen career paths! Contact us for more information!

An entry-level Computer Science graduate with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average annual salary of around A$61,658, early career Computer Science graduate with 1-4 years of experience can expect to earn an average annual salary of around A$73,439 while mid-career graduates earn an average annual salary of A$89,087 followed by experienced Architects with up to A$98,864. 

Here are the:

Best Universities to Study Computer Science  in Australia, Based on QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 (Computer Science & Information Systems)

University of Melbourne – 39th Place 

University of Sydney – 50th Place 

Australian National University – 51st Place 

University of New South Wales – 59th Place 

University of Technology Sydney – 75th Place 

For more information regarding the courses available, entry requirements, course structure, intake dates and annual fees – click the button to enquire!

7. Psychology

Psychology is the study of human mind & behaviour, focusing on understanding how human beings think, feel, act and interact with themselves and their surroundings. Undertaking a course in Psychology will teach you the foundations of psychology including the comprehensive understanding of the human mind with various research methodology skills such as lab experiments, field surveys and natural observations. Roles & responsibilities of Psychologist include providing diagnostic interviews, psychological testing and individual/group psychotherapy. In Australia, the skills shortage list includes clinical psychologists, educational psychologists, organisational psychologists and psychotherapists which increases your chances of employability upon graduation. 

It is important to note that higher levels of qualifications (Master’s Degree & phDs) are required to become licensed practicing Psychologist. 

Upon completing necessary qualifications – you will be able to choose from various career paths such as: 

  1. Clinical Psychologist 
  2. Counselling Psychologist 
  3. Industrial & Organizational Psychologist
  4. Educational Psychologist 
  5. Forensic Psychologist 
  6. Sports Psychologist

*NOTE: Do keep in mind that the qualifications required vary depending on chosen career paths! Contact us for more information!

An entry-level Psychologist can expect to earn an average annual salary of around A$68,600 while a Psychologist of 2-4 years of experience can expect to earn an average annual salary of A$72,800. Mid-level & experienced psychologists with 5-20 years of experience can expect to earn from a range of A$84,700 to 87, 665. 

Here are the:

Best Universities to Study Psychology in Australia, Based on QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 (Psychology)

University of Melbourne – 20th Place 

University of New South Wales (UNSW) – 24th Place 

University of Queensland – 26th Place 

University of Sydney – 30th Place 

Australian National University – 38th Place 

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8. Tourism & Hospitality Management

Tourism and hospitality management is basically a career in delivering good customer service to consumers of certain products or services in sectors such as food and beverage, events, travel and accommodations. Tourism has been identified as one of Australia’s ‘high-growth’ sectors over the next two decades, while employment in the hospitality sector is forecast to grow considerably over the upcoming years. Both sectors of tourism & hospitality management have opened up about 1.4 million jobs combined which also increases chances of employability upon graduation. 

Upon studying Tourism & Hospitality Management  – you will be able to choose from various career paths such as: 

  1. Event Planner 
  2. Hotel Manager
  3. Restaurant Manager
  4. Catering Manager 
  5. Food & Beverage Manager 

*NOTE: Do keep in mind that qualifications required vary depending on chosen career paths! Contact us for more information!

An entry-level job in Tourism & Hospitality management can pay an average annual salary of A$55,053 while an early career of 2-4 years of experience can expect to earn an average annual salary of around A$59,400. Mid-level positions pay A$67,00 while the highest level positions can earn A$73,834 and above. 

Here are the:

Best Universities to Study Tourism & Hospitality Management in Australia, Based on QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 (Hospitality & Leisure Management)

Griffith University – 21st Place 

Blue Mountains International Hotel Management – 26th Place 

University of Queensland – 31st Place 

James Cook University – 51st Place 

Monash University – 61st Place

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Becoming A Chef In Australia | Top Cookery Courses

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What is Cookery?

Ever spent hours binge watching Gordon Ramsay yell profanity at his chefs or Jamie Oliver cook healthy dishes in his beautiful kitchen? Well, these world famous chefs are evidently extremely good at what they do.  Chefs are in high demand all over the world. If you have a passion for cooking, this article is equipped with everything you need to know before stepping into your journey of becoming a chef in Australia. 

Cookery is known to be the practice or skill of preparing and cooking food. Typical responsibilities of chefs include overseeing food production at places such as restaurants, private homes, events, cafes and hotels. 

Different Types of Chef

I. Head chef 

Known also as an executive chef, they are responsible for the entire kitchen and have significant input into the menu. It takes years of experience to become a head chef. Most of the time, head chefs are not involved in any cooking ; instead, they oversee the quality of dishes before going out. 

II. Sous Chef

Sous Chef is the second chef in common in assisting the head chef, in overseeing the kitchen. 

III. Station Chef 

Station Chefs have a huge responsibility as they are in charge of an entire area in the kitchen. They work directly under the Sous Chef and are responsible for all the chefs working in their area. 

IV. Kitchen Manager 

Kitchen Managers tend to work to manage the behind the scenes of a kitchen’s operations. They tend to the stock levels of the ingredients as well as the functioning of the equipment in the kitchen.

V. Commis Chef

Commis Chefs are usually entry level positions in which they work alongside other kitchen staff to allow them to see how a kitchen works first-hand and to work beside an experienced cook. 

VI. Pastry Chef 

Pastry Chefs are specialised chefs that are skilled in making desserts, pastries, bread and other forms of baked goods. The primary responsibilities of pastry chefs are to bake, prepare and pair baked sweets to match demands. 

Skills Needed to Become A Chef in Australia

I. Communication Skills

When working in a fast-paced environment like a kitchen, you’d definitely need to have good communication skills. No matter the hierarchy, you would need to be able to not only listen effectively and follow orders or take charge as head to direct your chefs.

II. Attention to Detail

Attention to detail is important in ensuring the quality and consistency of every dish that goes out to customers. Examples of details that chefs need to have an eye for are like portion sizing, precision, presentation and heat control. 

III. Teamwork 

The professional kitchen can be a huge pot of people, coming from many different backgrounds, skill levels coming together with the same passion for cooking. Being able to work together as a team is crucial in ensuring a smooth workflow in the kitchen which then results in quality service of food. 

IV. Resilience 

Physical resilience comes in as working in the kitchen can be extremely demanding as chefs usually work 10-12 hour shifts in hot temperatures without breaks in between. Mental resilience comes in for you to be able to mentally cope with the pressure while being on top of your game while remaining focused and consistent in producing dishes for customers. 

General Pathway of Becoming a Chef in Australia

The full Commercial Cookery course comprises of –  

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery:  this is a one year training course, which offers both theory and practical training. A mandatory workplace training of 10 weeks must be undertaken in either a restaurant, hotel, cafe or coffee house as a trainee chef. Upon completion, you will become a qualified cook. 

Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery: this is a 6 month course, for students that have achieved Cert III in Commercial Cookery and want to have a higher role in a kitchen setting. Upon completion, you will become a qualified chef. 

Diploma of Hospitality Management (Commercial Cookery Pathway): this is a 6 month course for students that have completed both their Certificate III and IV of Commercial Cookery. This qualification helps you to enhance your skills and knowledge in hospitality operations which include inventory control, operational planning and customer service. 

Potential Career Choices for You; 

  1. Kitchen manager 
  2. Restaurant manager 
  3. Sous Chef 
  4. Unit Manager 

Entry Requirements to Study Commercial Cookery in Australia 

Academic Requirements

Certificate III & IV Commercial Cookery 

Qualification

Scores

SPM/IGCSE (Year 11 equivalent) 

Min. 4 passes

Diploma/Advanced Diploma in Commercial Cookery 

Qualification

Scores

Australian Year 12 qualification

ATAR Min. 50

GCE O Levels

Min. 4C’s

*NOTE : Any other equivalent of Year 12 qualifications can be accepted if it meets a satisfactory level, varying based on courses. Different courses have different entry requirements. 

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English Language Requirements

Certificate III & IV  Commercial Cookery 

Qualification

Scores

IELTS

Min. 5.5  

TOEFL IBT 

Min. 46

Diploma/Advanced Diploma in Commercial Cookery 

Qualification

Scores

IELTS

Min. 5.5  

TOEFL IBT 

Min. 69

*NOTE : Different courses have different entry requirements.

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Top Commercial Cookery Courses & Programs in Australia

#1 Le Cordon Bleu (Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney)

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Program Name 

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery 

Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery 

Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management 

Duration (Full time)

15 months (Cert III) 

6 months (Cert IV)

6 months (Advanced Diploma)

Intake 

January, April, July and October 

Indicative Fee (2021)

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#2 William Angliss Institute, Melbourne

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Program Name 

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery 

Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery

Diploma of Hospitality Management 

Duration (Full time) 

1 year (Cert III)

1.5 years (Cert IV) 

2 (Diploma including Cert IV)

Intake 

February, May, July and October 

Indicative Fee (2021)

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#3 Evolution Hospitality Institute, Sydney

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Program Name 

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery 

Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery

Diploma of Hospitality Management 

Duration (Full time) 

15 months (Cert III) 

24 months (Cert IV)

24 months (Diploma)

Intake 

January, April, July and October 

Indicative Fee (2021)

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#4 TAFE Western Australia

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Campuses: 

  • South Metropolitan TAFE, Bentley 
  • North Metropolitan TAFE, Joondalup 

Program Name 

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery 

Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery

Diploma of Hospitality Management 

Duration (Full time) 

12 months (Cert III) 

6 months (Cert IV)

6-18 months (Diploma)

Intake 

February and July

Indicative Fee (2021)

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#5 TAFE New South Wales

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Program Name 

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery 

Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery

Diploma of Hospitality Management 

Duration (Full time) 

1 year (Cert III) 

1.5 years (Cert IV + Diploma)

Intake 

February and July

Indicative Fee (2021)

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How to Gain Permanent Residency as a Chef in Australia?

Upon completion of the programme and graduation, students from culinary courses have a pathway for Permanent Residency (PR status).  Here are 5 steps you’d need to take as a graduate chef to gain PR in Australia:

STEP 1 

Firstly, you’d need to apply for the Provisional Skills Assessment (PSA) through Trade Recognition Australia.  For this, you would have to have completed AT LEAST a Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery/Patisserie/Asian Cookery from a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) registered with the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). You would also need a valid student visa, along with proof of 360 hours of work experience and/or vocational placement related to the nominated occupation of a Chef. 

Successful PSA results are needed for the next step, 485 (Graduate Stream) visa application.

STEP 2 

Application of the 485 (Graduate Stream) requires i) completion of AT LEAST *2 years of study in a field that is highly related to occupation of a Chef, ii) satisfaction of the required English Language capability, iii) successful PSA results 

*Many students take up Certificate III & IV in Commercial Cookery with an additional Diploma of Hospitality to satisfy the 485 visa requirements. 

STEP 3 

Next, you need to apply for a Job Ready Employment (JRE). To be eligible, you should have a i) successful PSA outcome, ii) secured a paid employment as a Chef, in where you have to perform the tasks listed as a Chef as listed on ‘Australia Business Statistics’ and acquire/in the process of acquiring a 485 visa. To be successful in this step, you would need to have completed AT LEAST 1,725 hours of paid experience as a Chef in the previous year along with submissions of monthly and quarterly journals to show the work you’ve been performing in your role with evidences (bank statements and pay slips)

STEP 4 

After completing about 863 hours of paid work experience within 6 months, you will be eligible to undertake the ‘Job Ready Workplace Assessment’ – then a Liaison Officer will be assigned to you in where a scheduled visit will be done to your workplace to assess all the tasks that you perform based on the monthly journals. If you are successful, your outcome letter will show that you are Job Ready, if not, it will show as Not Yet Job Ready. If failed, you are given another chance to retake the assessment. 

STEP 5

Final step of the process is to apply for a ‘Job Ready Final Assessment (JRFA)’. To be eligible, you should have a successful PSA and JRWA outcome, along with providing your Liaison Officer with journals and paid employment evidence covering at least 12 months (at least 1,725 work hours). Once all of these steps are completed, you can use your JRFA for your Permanent Residency visa application. 

NOTE: It is important for you to also understand that this is just one of the requirements needed to apply for a PR Visa, where all the application criteria need to be satisfied to get a visa grant. 

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