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Hello Everyone,
 
I have a question about my situation....I am a Canadian Cyber Security Specialist and am interested in migrating to Australia. I have looked at having my education and work experience assessed by ACS but I am a bit confused as to the best approach.
 
I have a four-year Bachelor's Degree in Electronics and Communication (2008), followed by a two year fast-track Advanced Diploma in Computer Systems Technology - Networking (2012). In between these qualifications, between 2008 and 2010 respectively, I worked as a technical support engineer (1year) and a lecturer (4 months).
 
As you guys will be aware, the nature of IT is very dynamic, with IT professionals responding to rapid advances/changes in technology through upskilling/moving laterally across platforms as demand for certain areas within IT changes over time.
 
This is acutely reflected in the move to Cloud and resulting increase in demand for Security Professionals over the past 5 years. My career has thus far progressed from networking into security and my experience consists of the following:
 
  • Systems Engineer (ANZSCO Code 263111 - Length of experience: 4 months)
  • Network Analyst (ANZSCO Code 263113 - Length of experience: 2.5 years)
  • Network Administrator (ANZSCO Code 263112 - Length of experience: 1 year)
  • Security Analyst/Engineer (ANZSCO Code 262112 - Length of experience: 3 years)
 
From my reading, I would apply to the ACS to be assessed under "Skill" as an ICT Security Specialist. If so, will my other IT experience count towards meeting the "Skill Level Requirement Date"? Could I be deemed as starting from August 2017, or, even worse, be seen as not having the relevant academic background (it is only in the last 5 years that solely security-based IT courses have begun to be offered by third-level institutions) and instead need to apply under RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning)?
Is there a way that my experience, particularly in the area of networking, can be recognised and counted by the ACS? Combined, I have over 8 years experience. I want to ensure that my application to the ACS can result in the most favourable outcome possible, particularly in relation to my work experience.
 
I would greatly appreciate any guidance you guys can give me.
 
Thanks in advance,

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I can’t help with the specifics of this occupation but what I will say is that ACS are known for being quite picky and will query all sorts of things. Ours was a pretty straightforward (or so we thought) case and they still came back wanting clarification on various aspects. Might be worth speaking to an agent 

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On 05/10/2020 at 11:33, Absh2016 said:

I can’t help with the specifics of this occupation but what I will say is that ACS are known for being quite picky and will query all sorts of things. Ours was a pretty straightforward (or so we thought) case and they still came back wanting clarification on various aspects. Might be worth speaking to an agent 

Thanks for the reply. Ya, it looks like that I have to contact agent.

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