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Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) specifies the standards for educational qualifications in Australia. It is administered nationally by COAG. While the AQF specifies the standards, education and training organisations are authorised by accrediting authorities to issue a qualification.

 
AQF Level
Description summaries
Qualifications
Time
Level 10
Graduates at this level will have systematic and critical understanding of a complex field of learning and specialised research skills for the advancement of learning and/or for professional practice
  • Doctoral degree
  • 3 to 4 years
Level 9
Graduates at this level will have specialised knowledge and skills for research, and/or professional practice and/or further learning
  • Masters degree (extended)
  • Masters degree (coursework)
  • Masters degree (research)
  • 3 to 4 years
  • 1 to 2 years
  • 1 to 2 years
Level 8
Graduates at this level will have advanced knowledge and skills for professional/highly skilled work and/or further learning
  • Graduate diploma
  • Graduate certificate
  • Bachelor honours degree
  • 1 to 2 years
  • 6 months to 1 year
  • 1 year
Level 7
Graduates at this level will have broad and coherent knowledge and skills for professional work and/or further learning .
  • Bachelor degree
  • 3 to 4 years
Level 6
Graduates at this level will have broad knowledge and skills for paraprofessional/highly skilled work and/or further learning
  • Associate degree
  • Advanced diploma
  • 2 years
  • 1.5 to 2 years
Level 5
Graduates at this level will have specialised knowledge and skills for skilled/paraprofessional work and/or further learning
  • Diploma
  • 1 to 2 years
Level 4
Graduates at this level will have theoretical and practical knowledge and skills for specialised and/or skilled work and/or further learning
  • Certificate IV
  • 6 months to 2 years
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