Practice Ready Program
The Practice Ready Program (PRP) is a practical, interactive course designed to equip RMAs with the relevant skills and knowledge to practice as a migration agent. The MIA's Program intends to enhance the knowledge and professionalism of the migration profession and to support the continued development and knowledge of agents practising in this crucial area of the law.
The Institute offers the PRP in two formats. The "intensive" course is run over five continuous days, allowing attendees to complete their requirements in one sitting (including time for assessment work). The "staggered" delivery is run over three and half days (generally a week apart) with attendees required to undertake assessment tasks in their own time.
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Who has to complete the PRP?
Applicants for initial registration as migration agents who lodge their application with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) on or after Thursday 1 September 2011 are required to complete this course prior to their first repeat registration with MARA. RMAs holding valid Australian legal practising certificates and / or accountants who are members of recognised professional accounting bodies are not required to complete the PRP. The Institute recommends that any RMA looking to claim an exemption from the requirement to complete the PRP contact the MARA for clarification of his or her credentials.
How many CPD points are included?
The PRP is worth eight Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. Agents who enrol in the MIA PRP also receive two free CPD vouchers to enable them to meet Continuing Professional Development requirements, including "mandatory" requirements, for their first year at no extra cost.
How are the courses delivered?
Courses are face to face and are offered in both Intensive and Staggered delivery styles. The Intensive Program feature five consecutive days of instruction and are suited for agents travelling from regional or overseas locations, whilst the Staggered Program enables agents to attend full day classes over several weeks.
How many places are available?
The maximum class size for each course is 24; therefore agents are encouraged to register for their preferred course as early as possible. A limited number of courses will be delivered during the year and agents will be expected to complete the course prior to completing their repeat registration.
Are there assessments?
Yes. Every student will be required to complete multiple assessment tasks. Successful completion of the course will be based upon achieving the overall pass mark of 75 percent across all assessment tasks.
How do I register?
Book online here. Registrations will be capped at 24 people per course and a limited number of courses will be offered annually, therefore it is important that agents secure their place by registering early. The registration fee for the course is $1995, and includes MIA membership.
Can I pay in instalments?
Yes. In order to do so, agents must complete the “Payment by Instalments Application Form" (PDF) outlining the reasons for paying by instalments and return it to the MIA National Office by email or fax, enclosing the first payment of $665. The total fee of $1995 must be paid in full prior to your attendance at the last day of the course. Granting of payment by instalments is entirely at the discretion of the MIA.
For further information, please contact the MIA CPD team via email.
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