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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

ASCO Codes and their meaning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

The copy can be accessed at the following weblink

ASCO Codes

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

Kind Regards

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi

I have a query. Hope you will be able to help me out. I am Chartered Accountant from India and have been working in India for the past 4 years (post qualification). Of which 2.3 yrs I was a part of the Internal Audit team but my job description was that of an Finanace Associate and later Senior Finance Associate. Then I was a part of the Internal Controls and Compliance team and thats what my job title reflects the same.

I am curently in Australia and intend to apply for CPA Australia - migration assessment. Given the above backgroung what ASCO code should I use?

Junaid N. Sahibzada said...

@^^

Well there are four accountant professions listed on the SOL

Accountant 2211-11 60 CPAA/ICAA/NIA

Accountant – Corporate Treasurer 2213-11 60 CPAA/ICAA/NIA

Accountant Internal Auditor 2212-13 Y 50 VETASSESS Y

Accountant – External Auditor 2212-11 Y 60 CPAA/ICAA/NIA


You can read the positions titles of each of these positions by visiting the following link

http://www.immi.gov.au/asri/occupations/a/accountant-2211-11.htm

http://www.immi.gov.au/asri/occupations/a/accountant-corporate-treasurer-2213-11.htm

http://www.immi.gov.au/asri/occupations/a/accountant-external-auditor-2212-11.htm

http://www.immi.gov.au/asri/occupations/a/accountant-internal-auditor-2212-13.htm

Select the one that matches closely with what you have been doing.

Please note that you need to obtain a positive skills assessment for the nominated profession before you can apply for immigration.

Kind Regards

Junaid

Asad said...

AOA,

Dear Junaid,

I am Assad Akhlaq from Saudi Arabia. I am a Pakistani national. I am doing MS in Electrical Engineering from King Saud University.I am interested in applying as a Skilled Migrant on the basis of my BSc (Electrical Engineeirng) degree. My age is 28, IELTS score is 6.5. I have more than 3 years of work experience but my experience letter doesn’t include my duties during my job. So I think it is of no use, but a consultant in Pakistan who assessed my case included the points for specific work experience too that I think are not valid as my duties are not mentioned on my experience certificate letter.
Can you please provide my your email address so that I can tell u my case in detail?.

Looking forward for your reply
Assad.akhlaq@gmail.com

Assad Akhlaq

viva said...

Dear Junaid,

I want to know that for PR appliaction file as an accountant code 2211-11, do I need to have General catagory IELTS score or Acadamic catagory IELTS score?

Please advise

Regards,

Ana

Junaid N. Sahibzada said...

@Ana

You can have either of them. Both of them are acceptable. General OR academic.

But since general one is more easy, you can give general version.

Its up to you.

Kind Regards

Junaid

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I am an Indian currently working in the U.S. I have taken GRE and TOEFL and have a masters degree plus about 5 yrs of work exp.
Do I still have to take the IELTS test?
I am a lil confused regarding ASCO code and MODL Nomination code, can you please give me more info?

I am a .NET professional and was planning to apply get my skills acsessed by ACS under 2231-79 ASCO code which acc to immi.gov.au are the same for MODL too.

Please do advice me @ asterix.gaul@gmail.com

Thanks for your help.

Junaid N. Sahibzada said...

@Asterix

Do I still have to take the IELTS test?


Yes.


I am a lil confused regarding ASCO code and MODL Nomination code, can you please give me more info?


MODL is a list containing certain professions which are in high demand in Australia. The complete list of professions is SOL.

MODL can be accessed by visiting the following link

http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/skilled-occupations/occupations-in-demand.htm

SOL can be accessed by visiting the following link

http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/1121i.pdf

ASCO codes are classifications of professions used by the immigration department to determine whether you do actually fit the criteria of a particular profession of which you claim to be an expert in or not.

The ASCO codes explain what a person should know or what skills set a person should have if he/she claims to have X number of experience in a particular field.

You can read the details of individual ASCO codes by visiting the following link

http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Previousproducts/1220.0Contents11997?opendocument&tabname=Summary&prodno=1220.0&issue=1997&num=&view=

If you are a .Net developer you should get your skills assessed under the following ASCO code

Computing Professional - .Net technologies 2231-79

And then apply for Offshore immigration visa subclass 175.

Kind Regards

Junaid

Anonymous said...

Hi Junaid

I did my Mechanical Engineering from Pakistan, but have been working in various IT firms in their sales departments for the past 10 years.

I am thinking of migrating to Australia and will be glad if you can guide me a bit.

My e-mail address is netheads1atyahoodotcom.

Thanks

Junaid Noor said...

@^^

Hi Junaid

I did my Mechanical Engineering from Pakistan, but have been working in various IT firms in their sales departments for the past 10 years.

I am thinking of migrating to Australia and will be glad if you can guide me a bit.

My e-mail address is netheads1atyahoodotcom.


The first step would be to get at least 6 in all bands of the IELTS exam.

And then obtain a positive skills assessment from Either ACS or Engineering Council of Australia in a profession listed on the SOL.

Once you have done that, you can then lodge an application.

Kind Regards

Junaid