ACS Work Experience ‘After Month’ Calculation

Anil Gupta  18 Feb, 19      65  Aus ACS Australia

ACS is Australia Computer Society and is required for certain job occupation in Australia’s SkillSelect permanent residency application.

ACS assessment will analyze your educational to match your degrees with Australia’s educational system and provide a certificate to claim ICT major or Minor status.

The same ACS application can be used to evaluate your work experience as well.

This status helps gets points on Australia PR application.

ACS Assessment Report Work Experience AFTER Start Date

Check this sample ACS assessment report for an example:

The most important date is ‘AFTER month‘ that’s mentioned in the second line of the ACS report.

Since, they have only specified the month and not specific date, the biggest confusion is over what date to use in Australia SkillSelect EOI (Expression of Interest).

The official ACS guidance is that you can use the start DAY in EOI as the day of the date you filed your ACS application.

Example, in the sample ACS report, AFTER April 2010 is the start month for relevant work experience and this application was filed on 3 April 2018.

You can use the start DATE while filing EOI as 3rd April 2010.

Lot of forums and people might ask you to use the next month’s first day as start date due to the word ‘AFTER April 2010′. But, this is NOT true.

Not sure why ACS does not clearly write the full date in their letter to avoid any confusions. That’s how it is and we can’t change it.

ACS Assessment Relevant Work Experience Calculation

  • ACS deducts 2 years from your last 10 years work experience OR
  • ACS deducts 4 years from your TOTAL work experience.

In sample report above, person has 11 years 6 months relevant work experience starting from June 2006.

ACS Assessment Work Experience calculation
ACS Assessment Work Experience calculation

Assuming degree is considered as ICT Major and relevant to your nominated occupation, these rules will apply:

ACS will deduct 2 years from last 10 years or 4 years from total experience, whichever gives you EARLIER ‘AFTER START DATE

  • If 2 years from last 10 years are deducted (Go back 10 years from 3 April 2018, you get 3 April 2008), then add 2 years as a deduction to reach at 3 April 2010 – Called as Skill Applicability date.
  • If 4 years from total experience are deducted, this date would come out as JUNE 2010. How? Count the relevant years from ACS report starting June 2006, you reach June 2010.

The second option results in an earlier ‘AFTER DATE’ for your work experience, and hence ACS will award you April 2010 date.

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  1. Hello Anil. Kindly clarify me on the following:

    Company 1 : 05-Dec-2013 to 04-Jan-2018
    Did ACS on 09-Feb-2017

    Company 2: 04-Feb-2018 to date

    I did ACS when I was working with Company 1. It got expired this year and I have changed company during this period. When I retake ACS assessment, can I reuse Company 1’s documents which I had earlier submitted for ACS and submit new roles for Company 2 alone, which I am currently working?

    Do i need to submit anything extra for Company 1? Kindly clarify

    • Anil Gupta   19 Feb, 19 at 8:44 am

      You can reuse the company 1’s documents that you had submitted earlier. You will need to submit them again with a new ACS assessment.

  2. Abdul Aziz   18 Feb, 19 at 9:12 am

    Hello Anil,

    I have bachelors of software engineering.

    graduate 14/09/2009

    Company 1: 01/02/2010 to 30/08/2011 (Software engineer)

    Company 2: 05/09/2011 to 31/07/2018 (technical consultant – Software engineering)

    Company 3: 01/08/2018 to 10/02/2019 (currently job is active) (senior technical consultant – Software engineering)

    Total 9 years experience all in software

    I hired a consultant and he submitted to ACS today.

    Considering they deduct 2 years of experience, I will get 7 years experience. Will that be enough to apply for EOI. My age is 31 and will turn 32 in july.

    Please advise.


    • You can check your total points score using Australia PR calculator. Calculator automatically suggests if the points are enough or not.


      • Hi Anil,

        I am very much confused about my work experience and my education.
        I have completed my Bachelor of Pharmacy in 2011 and after that I have taken training in 2012 Jan to 2012 June, and after that I have joined in top IT company as system admin and my current Designation is IT Analyst till date I am working overall 6.6years experince. How ACS will calculate my points till now and I am planning to pursue Master of information Technology and systems in Aus is there any use after Aus completion of Masters in Australia. Please help me.

        • Anil Gupta   18 Feb, 19 at 7:34 pm

          Your education has to match your work experience and your selected ANZSCO code.
          Which job code are you thinking of applying to?

  3. harsh arora   18 Feb, 19 at 5:14 am

    Hello Anil,

    few days back i got my ACS report for Software Engineer (261313) and according to that they have considered my experience after April 2014.

    I have total experience of 9 years and 10 months as of now.

    Out of this , the initial April 2019- march 2010 they considered as unsuitable and post that they deducted 4 more years and provided me April 2014 after date.

    My degree is Electronics and communication engg and they considered it as AQF bachelor degree in Major in Computing.

    So as of now I am getting only five points, as experience is considered as less than 5 years.

    My question is ,will it be considered as more than 5 years if i keep the EOI in may 2019 or it will remain as 4 years 10 months only.

    And if not then should i go ahead with reassessment or what you suggest?

    Thanks & regards,
    Harsh

  4. krishnahas   17 Feb, 19 at 8:26 am

    Hi Anil,

    I have been working as a software Engineer for a company from July 7th 2008 to present.

    My ACS skill assessment has been received by Australian computer society on 26th February 2018

    Below is the skill assessment from ACS

    The following employment after July 2012 is considered to equate to work at an appropriately skilled level and relevant to 261313 (Software Engineer) of the ANZSCO Code.

    As per your comments, I understand My experience Start date is 26th July 2010.

    But can I use July 7th 2012 as the EOI start date instead. Because if you calculate by deducting 4 years, should it be July 7th 2012.

    I understand, it is only a matter of few days, but it gives me an added advantage for claiming my offshore 5 points.

    Will Case officer, reject my EOI. I can see from few forums that, ACS has replied back stating you can use experience Start date as EOI start date. I cannot verify the authenticity of it. I have infact contacted ACS to confirm this.

    Could you please provide your thought on using July 7th 2012 instead of July 26th 2012 as my experience start date.


    • As per my opinion, you can use 26 July 2012 as the start date with the limited information you have shared.
      I cannot really guess anything else unless you can share the full ACS letter screen shot where they have shown the relevant work experience.

      Case officer will come into picture only after you get and invite and would have paid the full Australia PR Fees. It is NOT worth taking the risk and take a chance with denial later.
      Case officer will count the ACS report as SUPREME.

  5. Raspreet Kaur   17 Feb, 19 at 10:19 am

    Hi Anil,

    I have a friend with masters in Computers Applications from Panjab University completed in 2012. And has experience as a software engineer (261313) since then, around 6.5 years in total. I have 2 questions:

    1) How many approx. years will ACS deduct?

    2) What is the waiting time to get ITA for 70 points in 189 visa?

    Thanks in advance


    • Why can’t your friend ask the question? Looks like he needs a helping hand always.

      Anyways, ACS will deduct 2 years from 6.5 years.
      Waiting time to get Australia PR invitation for software engineer (261313) with 70 points is 7+ months at this time.

      • Raspreet Kaur   17 Feb, 19 at 12:26 pm

        I was asking him to put the queey here but for some reasons he told me to do so. Any ways thanks alot for your reply. The point of confusion was that he was told by his agent that ACS can deduct 3 years also sometimes for closely related occupation also. Is that true?

        • Anil Gupta   17 Feb, 19 at 4:08 pm

          Its not 3, it is 4 years.
          I have explained in the article how and when ACS will deduct 2 or 4 years based on the total years work experience.

  6. Pallavi Gulati   12 Feb, 19 at 12:27 pm

    hi Anil,
    Can you please help me calculate my relevant work experience asserted by ACS.

    Btech – Electrical and electronics engineering(EEE)
    Pass out – june 2012

    Apply for : 261313 (Software Engineer)
    Work Ex
    Feb 2013 – till date (Software engineer)working it firm
    what all docs I have to submit for ACS as I have EEE degree and work in it firm
    How much of my overall experience will be considered as RELEVANT exp?
    And how many points can I get for this work experience?
    And what could be my AFTER month?

    I am planning to submit my document for assessment by end of this month.

    Kindly help.


    • Which university did you study from?

    • Anil Gupta   12 Feb, 19 at 3:49 pm

      Did you study any computer related subjects in your Electrical and electronics engineering?
      The relevant work experience depends on a lot on what you studied.

      • Pallavi Gulati   12 Feb, 19 at 4:03 pm

        Hi Anil,
        Yes I studied these Computer subjects out of total 37 subjects in the whole graduation.
        total course credits- 200
        Namely:
        problem solving using computers- credits-3+1=4
        data structures and algorithms- 4
        computer architecture and organisations- 4
        computer networks- 3
        Soft Computing- 3
        digital signal processing- 4
        digital system design- 4+1
        communication system- 4
        analog system design- 5
        Essential of management- 3

        • Anil Gupta   12 Feb, 19 at 4:03 pm

          Ok.. so the rule is that you should have studied at-least 25% of your work related subjects to be counted as ICT Major.
          As per my opinion, your course will be considered ICT minor in which case, they will deduct 5-6 years from your work experience.

          This is just my assumption based on limited info that you have shared. ACS might count your education as Major after looking at your degree and course subjects.

          • Pallavi Gulati   12 Feb, 19 at 4:03 pm

            As per ICT course guidelines, there are two headings with subjects listed:
            Description of Closely Related Core ICT Units
            Description of Additional Closely Related ICT Units
            Do we have to calculate all the subjects mentioned in these two headings and then calculate the % or just consider subjects listed in “Description of Closely Related Core ICT Units”?

            • Anil Gupta   12 Feb, 19 at 4:03 pm

              I am not sure how ACS calculates it internally based on subjects. The rough guideline is about 25% should match your job profile.


  7. Hi Anil,

    Can you please help me calculate my relevant work experience asserted by ACS.

    Btech – Electronics and Communication (EC)
    Pass out – May 2009

    Apply for : 261314 (Software Testing)
    Work Ex
    Feb 2010 – May-2010 (Telecom Industry)
    Jun 2010 – Apr 2013 (Software Engineer)
    May 2013 – Till date ( Software Testing)

    How much of my overall experience will be considered as RELEVANT exp?
    And how many points can I get for this work experience?
    And what could be my AFTER month?

    I am planning to submit my document for assessment by end of next week.

    Kindly help.

    • Anil Gupta   12 Feb, 19 at 3:49 pm

      Did you study any computer related subjects in your Electronics and communication course?
      The relevant work experience depends on a lot on what you studied.


      • below are the three subjects that i think i studied

        Fundamentals of computer Programing and IT
        Object Oriented programming using C++
        Computer networks

        • Anil Gupta   12 Feb, 19 at 4:03 pm

          Ok.. so the rule is that you should have studied at-least 25% of your work related subjects to be counted as ICT Major.
          As per my opinion, your course will be considered ICT minor in which case, they will deduct 5-6 years from your work experience.

          This is just my assumption based on limited info that you have shared. ACS might count your education as Major after looking at your degree and course subjects.


      • Also the B.Tech in Electronics and Communication is from Punjab Technical University

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