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Offshore qualifications vs Aus standards

Country specific information - how does your qualification compare to the Australian qualification ?

The following table outlines equivalences between AQF levels in Australia and NVQ in the United Kingdom.

 

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
U.K. Qualification Level (NVQ & GNVQ)

Certificate I

 

Certificate II

NVQ 1/GNVQ Foundation

Certificate III

NVQ 2/GNVQ Intermediate

Certificate IV

 

Graduate Certificate

Equivalent

   

Diploma

NVQ 3/Higher National Cerificate

Advanced Diploma

NVQ 4/Higher National Diploma

Graduate Diploma

NVQ 4

   

Bachelor Degree

Equivalent

 

 

Masters Degree

Equivalent

Doctoral Degree

Equivalent

  • For trades and similar occupations, you need a qualification at the standard of (minimum) a Aus advanced diploma (NVQ 4 level) PLUS an apprenticeship
  • For professional occupations, you need at least a Bachelor degree level qualification

The table below gives an indicative guideline for AQF equivalence. Please note this is a guideline only and may differ for certain education institutions.

 

Qualification AQF level
Bachelor degree AQF 7
Advanced Diploma/ Diploma of Higher Education/ Associate Degree AQF 6
Diploma/ Hospital Certificate AQF 5
Certificate IV AQF 4
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