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.

Age Requirement

To commence studies at CIT as an international student visa holder, you must be 18 years of age at the time of lodgement for your student visa application.

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 Home Affairs Academic Requirements for visa applications. For further information please visit: www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/500-

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:

Test To gain direct entry into mainstream programsNotes
IELTS* 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.

PTE Academic Score 42 and above
TOEFL internet based Score 46 and above   
Cambridge English test - C1 Advanced and B2 First 162 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 Home Affairs English Language requirements for visa applications. Depending on your nationality, the Department of Home Affairs 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 Home Affairs' Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Requirement. For more information regarding this requirement, please refer to www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Stud/More/Genuine-Temporary-Entrant

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 Academic - 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: http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Stud/More/Student-Visa-English-Language-Requirements


The information included on this page is current as at August 2017. For further information regarding changes, please refer to the following links: