Education Pathways

By studying the correct University or Vocational Course you could greatly increase your prospects of obtaining a work visa to Australia.

Simple 4 Step Process

Educate To Migrate Step 1

Step 1

Firstly, you must enrol in a course that trains you for a position on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

Educate To Migrate Step 2

Step 2

After graduation, you may be eligible to apply for the 485 Graduate Visa. This is a temporary work visa that allows you to remain in Australia.

Educate To Migrate Step 2

Step 3

You must pass a skills assessment with a relevant
assessing authority. Your education completed should meet the education requirements for a skill assessment.

Educate To Migrate Step 4

Step 4

Finally after receiving a positive skills assessment, you may be eligible to apply for the Skilled Regional, State Nominated or Independent Skilled Permanent Work Visas to Australia.

Study pathways that may meet the 2-year course requirement for positions on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List



Civil Engineering Drafting (2 years)
Bachelor of Engineering (4 years)


Bachelor of Nursing (3 years)
Diploma of Nursing + Bachelor of Nursing pathway (3.5 years)

Social Work

Masters (2 years)
Bachelor (4 years)


Certificate IV in Information Technology
Diploma of Information Technology
Advanced Diploma of Telecommunications Network Engineering


Bachelor of Education (4 years) or
Masters of Teaching (1.5 – 2 years)


Quantity Surveying

Bachelor of Construction Management and Economics (4 years)
Masters of Construction Practice (1.5 years)

Accredited Courses

Pathway to Aus is partnered with numerous education providers that offer courses accredited by the skills assessor in the nominated occupation.

What is an Accredited Course and why is it important?

An accredited course is a course that a skills assessment authority has already reviewed, deeming the course content and structure suitable to pass a skills assessment. Other documentation relating to work experience or previous education is generally not required to be submitted. This allows for a smooth and simple process for your skills assessment.

If you study a course that is not accredited by the skills assessment authority, you cannot be sure that it meets the requirement to pass the skills assessment. You may have to submit additional documentation regarding your education and work experience. If your course is not accredited, it may not meet the specific requirements of the skills assessor. 

General Skilled Migration Visas

General Skilled Migration Visas are permanent visas to Australia that do not require you to have an employer to sponsor your visa. These visas include – Skilled Independent (Subclass 189), State Nominated (Subclass 190) or Skilled Regional (Subclass 491)

Graduate Visa

The Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) allows recent university graduates and certain vocational graduates the chance to remain in Australia and work after their studies have finished. Anytime throughout the temporary graduate visa, visa holders can apply for another permanent visa.

Immigration Points Test

To apply for general skilled migration visas, you must first pass a skills assessment and points test. The points test measures how desirable you are to the Australian Government by measuring such things as your age, education, work experience and English ability.

Skills Assessment

Anyone who is looking to apply for a General Skilled Migration Visa (Skilled Independent and State Sponsored) will need to obtain a positive skills assessment before applying for the visa. The above courses are accredited with the skill assessor, meaning that no work experience is required.

Jose’s Story
from Venezuela

Jose is a student from Venezuela. He previously studied engineering at Griffith University before passing a skills assessment with Engineers Australia and obtaining a skilled independent permanent visa.

I want to thank PTA for everything they did for me. I went from a student visa to graduate visa to skilled independent permanent resident. They gave me the right advice, were always available to chat, talked me through the difficulties of the process, and assisted me to add my partner to my visa.

Jose from Venezuela Testimonial or Pathway to Aus


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University or Vocational Course was last modified: August 26th, 2020 by PTA