Entry Requirements

Academic Entry

Students are required to meet the following minimum entry requirements (depending on your chosen program and your country assessment level) to commence study at CIT:

  • ACT Year 11 or equivalent; OR
  • ACT Year 12 or equivalent

Entry Definitions

  • ACT Year 11 or equivalent* A copy of your award and results is required
  • ACT Year 12 or equivalent* A copy of your award and results is required

*Students can still apply to study at CIT prior to receiving their certificate; however acceptance cannot be confirmed by the International Services Unit until they have received a copy of the award.

Adult Entry

Adult entry at CIT is considered to be 20 years of age or older. Adult entry students are required to provide evidence of previous work experience and a copy of their current Curriculum Vitae, (CV). Regardless of CIT’s requirements International applicants (studying on a student visa) should be aware that they must still satisfy the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) Academic Requirements for visa applications. For further information please visit: www.immi.gov.au/students/students/chooser/

English Language Tests

CIT recognises a number of English language tests as meeting the Institution’s English language requirements.  Accepted English language tests, together with their minimum results required for eligibility are:

To gain direct entry into mainstream programs
IELTS 5.5 and above

Please note some courses require a higher level of English.

For course requirements please search for individual courses by using the Course Finder.

TOEFL paper based
Score 527-550 and above
TOEFL internet based
Score 46 and above   

CIT Certificate III - IV in English for Employment and Training and
Certificate IV in Academic English 

Successful completion of the program
CIT English Test**
Assessed as at Certificate IV or Academic level.

If your English Language Test is not listed above please contact the International Services Unit for confirmation.


The 'International English Language Testing System' (IELTS) gives students an assessment of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in English.

There are two streams of IELTS that you can undertake:

  • IELTS Academic Module
  • IELTS General Training Module

With the exception of Bachelor programs that require Academic IELTS, CIT accepts both General Training and Academic Module for entry into Certificate III to Advanced Diploma level programs. For more information regarding IELTS visit www.ielts.org

Where can I sit IELTS?

There are several options for you to sit the IELTS test. Listed below are some options for you:

**CIT English Test

The CIT English Test is a one hour test which is based on reading and writing.  The English Placement Test is another way to determine the level of English that students may have.

Students who are eligible for the CIT English Placement Test:

  • You are holding a visa (different from student visa) which allows you to study in Australia, and are able to sit the test in Canberra in the office of the International Services Unit or applying to study through one of CIT’s registered representative (Educational Agent).

Regardless of CIT's requirements, International applicants (potential student visa holders) should be aware that they must still satisfy the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) English Language requirements for visa applications. Depending on your nationality, the DIBP might accept only an IELTS, TOEFL or Pearsons result as proof of English competency for student visa purposes.

Please note some courses require additional material other than the requirements listed above. Please ensure that you have met all the entry requirements for your course. Use the Course Finder to search for your course and check all entry requirements.

Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Requirements 

Students will be required to meet the Department of Immigration and Boarder Protection's Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Requirement. For more information regarding this requirement, please refer to www.immi.gov.au/students/gte-requirement.htm

Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) 

CIT has been selected for Streamline Visa Processing (SVP) by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) for both Advanced Diploma and Degree programs.

DIBP announced that SVP was extended to eligible vocational education and training (VET) and higher education providers for Advanced Diploma level courses, effective as of 23rd November 2014.

Any student applying for a student visa with an Advanced Diploma outcome will be processed under SVP, there are no other choices for students applying at this level. Given the announcement CIT has reviewed and significantly changed our Terms and Conditions. Students applying are still subject to the Genuine Temporary Entry (GTE) requirements as advised by DIBP.

A Statement of Purpose is also required with the student's application. This should include the student's academic plans or interest in their chosen area of study, and their future career goals. Students need to be specific about why CIT is a good fit for them.

For further information on SVP arrangements and participating educational providers, please refer to the Department of Immigration and Boarder Protection's website:

What is streamlined visa processing?

Streamlined Visa Processing

Streamlined Visa Processing Arrangements 

Student Visa English Language Requirements

Legend for English Equivalence

  • IELTS - International English Language Testing system
  • TOEFL iBT - Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based test
  • PTE - Pearson test of English Academic
  • CAE - Cambridge English: Advanced test (also known as Certificate in Advanced English)

Please refer to the following link for further information regarding changes: www.immi.gov.au/students/english-requirements.htm


The information included on this page is current as at 2 June 2014. For further information regarding changes, please refer to the following links: