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Professional Year in Engineering

Enhance your employability

The Professional Year in Engineering Program helps engineering graduates develop and enhance their employability skills, which employers demand. Gain insight into the Australian workplace and employment market in this unique 44-week work-readiness program.

Program structure

  • Practical training (32 weeks): Learn effective resume writing and interview techniques; Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Occupational Health, Safety & Environmental (OHS&E) processes, and legislative requirements for working in Australia via our face-to-face workshops and online resources. Choose from flexible study options including one full day or two nights (half day) per week.

  • Internship placement (12 weeks full time): Build a network of peers and professionals and apply your practical training in the workplace. Throughout your placement you’ll be assigned a mentor to support you along the way.

Upon successful completion, you’ll be eligible to apply for 5 migration points that can be used for all points test visas. You’ll also gain an understanding of the Australian Occupational Health and Safety requirements and become a professional member of Engineers Australia.

The EEA Professional Year in Engineering is available to holders of various visa types. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions section below or contact a migration agent or the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to check your eligibility for this program.

This program is full fee-paying. CRICOS, HECS and fee-help is not eligible for the program.

Learn more

To learn more, please call us on 03 9321 1700 or refer to our Frequently Asked Questions section. You can also view upcoming Professional Year in Engineering intake dates by state below.

Intake Dates

Melbourne

Start Date: 19 November 2017
End Date: 17 September 2018
Days and Times: Sunday, daytime
Provider: Navitas
Address: Levels 3 & 4, 206 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Start Date: 01 December 2017
End Date: 19 October 2018
Days and Times: Saturday or Sunday, 9:00am - 5:00pm **Applications Close 24th November**
Address: Level 7, 271 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Start Date: 16 December 2017
End Date: 15 October 2018
Days and Times: Saturday, daytime
Provider: Navitas
Address: Levels 3 & 4, 206 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Start Date: 12 January 2018
End Date: 16 November 2018
Days and Times: Tuesday, Saturday or Sunday **Applications close 5th of January**
Address: Level 7, 271 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Start Date: 09 February 2018
End Date: 14 December 2018
Days and Times: Tuesday, Saturday or Sunday **Applications close 2nd of February**
Address: Level 7, 271 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Start Date: 09 March 2018
End Date: 01 February 2019
Days and Times: Tuesday, Saturday or Sunday **Applications close 2nd of March**
Address: Level 7, 271 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Sydney

Start Date: 18 November 2017
End Date: 22 October 2018
Days and Times: Saturday, daytime
Provider: Navitas
Address: Level 15, 255 Elizabeth Street Sydney NSW 2000
Start Date: 25 November 2017
End Date: 22 October 2018
Days and Times: Saturday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Level 15, 255 Elizabeth Street Sydney NSW 2000
Start Date: 26 November 2017
End Date: 22 October 2018
Days and Times: Sunday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Level 15, 255 Elizabeth Street Sydney NSW 2000
Start Date: 02 December 2017
End Date: 05 November 2018
Days and Times: Saturday, daytime
Provider: Navitas
Address: Level 15, 255 Elizabeth Street Sydney NSW 2000
Start Date: 09 December 2017
End Date: 12 November 2018
Days and Times: Saturday, daytime
Provider: Navitas
Address: Level 15, 255 Elizabeth Street Sydney NSW 2000
Start Date: 06 January 2018
End Date: 12 November 2018
Days and Times: Saturday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Level 15, 255 Elizabeth Street Sydney NSW 2000
Start Date: 07 January 2018
End Date: 12 November 2018
Days and Times: Sunday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Level 15, 255 Elizabeth Street Sydney NSW 2000
Start Date: 21 January 2018
End Date: 26 November 2018
Days and Times: Sunday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Level 15, 255 Elizabeth Street Sydney NSW 2000
Start Date: 27 January 2018
End Date: 03 December 2018
Days and Times: Saturday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Level 15, 255 Elizabeth Street Sydney NSW 2000
Start Date: 11 February 2018
End Date: 02 January 2019
Days and Times: Sunday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Level 15, 255 Elizabeth Street Sydney NSW 2000
Start Date: 24 February 2018
End Date: 14 January 2019
Days and Times: Saturday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Level 15, 255 Elizabeth Street Sydney NSW 2000
Start Date: 17 March 2018
End Date: 04 February 2019
Days and Times: Saturday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Level 15, 255 Elizabeth Street Sydney NSW 2000
Start Date: 18 March 2018
End Date: 05 February 2019
Days and Times: Sunday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Level 15, 255 Elizabeth Street Sydney NSW 2000
Start Date: 25 March 2018
End Date: 13 February 2019
Days and Times: Sunday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Level 15, 255 Elizabeth Street Sydney NSW 2000

Brisbane

Start Date: 18 November 2017
End Date: 24 September 2018
Days and Times: Saturday, daytime
Provider: Navitas
Address: Ground Floor, East Tower, 410 Ann Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Start Date: 20 January 2018
End Date: 26 November 2018
Days and Times: Saturday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Ground Floor, East Tower, 410 Ann Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Start Date: 21 January 2018
End Date: 26 November 2018
Days and Times: Sunday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Ground Floor, East Tower, 410 Ann Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Start Date: 24 February 2018
End Date: 07 January 2019
Days and Times: Saturday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Ground Floor, East Tower, 410 Ann Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Start Date: 25 February 2018
End Date: 07 January 2019
Days and Times: Sunday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Ground Floor, East Tower, 410 Ann Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Start Date: 24 March 2018
End Date: 28 January 2019
Days and Times: Saturday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Ground Floor, East Tower, 410 Ann Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Start Date: 25 March 2018
End Date: 28 January 2019
Days and Times: Sunday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Ground Floor, East Tower, 410 Ann Street, Brisbane QLD 4000

Perth

Start Date: 28 November 2017
End Date: 08 October 2018
Days and Times: Tuesday & Thursday, 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Level 8, Brookfield Place, 125 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
Start Date: 02 December 2017
End Date: 13 October 2018
Days and Times: Saturday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Level 8, Brookfield Place, 125 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
Start Date: 21 January 2018
End Date: 26 November 2018
Days and Times: Sunday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Level 8, Brookfield Place, 125 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
Start Date: 24 February 2018
End Date: 21 December 2018
Days and Times: Saturday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Level 8, Brookfield Place, 125 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
Start Date: 20 March 2018
End Date: 28 January 2019
Days and Times: 2 x Weeknights, 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Level 8, Brookfield Place, 125 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
Start Date: 24 March 2018
End Date: 28 January 2019
Days and Times: Saturday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Level 8, Brookfield Place, 125 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
Start Date: 25 March 2018
End Date: 28 January 2019
Days and Times: Sunday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Level 8, Brookfield Place, 125 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000

Adelaide

Start Date: 19 November 2017
End Date: 01 October 2018
Days and Times: Weekday Classes
Provider: Navitas
Address: Level 5, 16–20 Coglin Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Start Date: 14 January 2018
End Date: 18 November 2018
Days and Times: Sunday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Level 5, 16–20 Coglin Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Start Date: 11 February 2018
End Date: 17 December 2018
Days and Times: Sunday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Level 5, 16–20 Coglin Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Start Date: 05 March 2018
End Date: 14 January 2019
Days and Times: Monday & Wednesday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Level 5, 16–20 Coglin Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Start Date: 24 March 2018
End Date: 28 January 2019
Days and Times: Saturday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Level 5, 16–20 Coglin Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Hobart

Start Date: 11 November 2017
End Date: 03 September 2018
Days and Times: Saturday, daytime
Provider: Navitas
Address: Level 6, 152 Macquarie Street, Hobart TAS 7000
Start Date: 10 December 2017
End Date: 01 October 2018
Days and Times: Saturday, daytime
Provider: Navitas
Address: Level 6, 152 Macquarie Street, Hobart TAS 7000
Start Date: 20 January 2018
End Date: 26 November 2018
Days and Times: Saturday or Sunday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Level 6, 152 Macquarie Street, Hobart TAS 7000
Start Date: 17 February 2018
End Date: 21 December 2018
Days and Times: Saturday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Level 6, 152 Macquarie Street, Hobart TAS 7000
Start Date: 18 March 2018
End Date: 21 January 2019
Days and Times: Sunday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Level 6, 152 Macquarie Street, Hobart TAS 7000

Darwin

Start Date: 19 November 2017
End Date: 01 October 2018
Days and Times: Sunday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Charles Darwin University, Casuarina Campus Building 2, Ellengowan Drive Casuarina NT 0810
Start Date: 04 December 2017
End Date: 15 October 2018
Days and Times: Saturday or Sunday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Charles Darwin University, Casuarina Campus Building 2, Ellengowan Drive Casuarina NT 0810
Start Date: 09 December 2017
End Date: 15 October 2018
Days and Times: Saturday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Charles Darwin University, Casuarina Campus Building 2, Ellengowan Drive Casuarina NT 0810
Start Date: 17 December 2017
End Date: 22 October 2018
Days and Times: Sunday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Charles Darwin University, Casuarina Campus Building 2, Ellengowan Drive Casuarina NT 0810
Start Date: 20 January 2018
End Date: 26 November 2018
Days and Times: Saturday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Charles Darwin University, Casuarina Campus Building 2, Ellengowan Drive Casuarina NT 0810
Start Date: 28 January 2018
End Date: 03 December 2018
Days and Times: Sunday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Charles Darwin University, Casuarina Campus Building 2, Ellengowan Drive Casuarina NT 0810
Start Date: 17 February 2018
End Date: 21 December 2018
Days and Times: Saturday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Charles Darwin University, Casuarina Campus Building 2, Ellengowan Drive Casuarina NT 0810
Start Date: 25 February 2018
End Date: 31 December 2018
Days and Times: Saturday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Charles Darwin University, Casuarina Campus Building 2, Ellengowan Drive Casuarina NT 0810
Start Date: 17 March 2018
End Date: 21 January 2019
Days and Times: Saturday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Charles Darwin University, Casuarina Campus Building 2, Ellengowan Drive Casuarina NT 0810
Start Date: 25 March 2018
End Date: 28 January 2019
Days and Times: Sunday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Provider: Navitas
Address: Charles Darwin University, Casuarina Campus Building 2, Ellengowan Drive Casuarina NT 0810

Frequently asked questions

Top FAQs

Who can apply for the PYear in Engineering?

Recent graduates of Australian university courses who have applied for or been issued a Skilled-Graduate (Temporary) 485 Visa, or a Bridging Visa A or B, and nominated an Engineering ANZSCO Code for migration purposes.

Applicants must also have undergone a successful Migration Skills Assessment through Engineers Australia to be applicable for entry into the PYear program.

Other visa holders that are eligible to apply for the PYear are:

  • Skilled Recognised Graduate visa (476)
  • Secondary visa holder of other visa (457/ENS/RSMS/Labour Agreement)

Applicants must have a minimum of 12 calendar months remaining on their visa from the commencement date of the program. For visa eligibility for the program, please visit the DIBP site at www.immi.gov.au

Australian citizens and permanent residents who are also recent graduates may also apply for the program. Please be advised that the PYear is full-fee paying and HECS does not apply.

Who is an authorised person that is eligible to sign the supporting documents for a Professional Year application?

All supporting documents are to be certified in Australia. Please see below a list ofpeople are authorised to certify documents:

  • Health professions: Chiropractor, Dentist, Medical practitioner, Nurse, Optometrist, Pharmacist, Physiotherapist, Psychologist1
  • Legal professions: Legal practitioner, Patent attorney, Trademarks attorney
  • Court positions: Bailiff, Justice of the Peace, Judge, Magistrate, Registrar, or Deputy Registrar, Clerk, Master of a court, CEO of a Commonwealth court
  • Commissioner for Affidavits, or Commissioner for Declarations (dependent on jurisdictions)
  • Government representatives(elected): Federal, State or Territory or Local
  • Public servants: Federal, State or Territory or Local – employed for five years or more.
  • Permanent employees of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • Bank officer, building society officer, credit union officer, finance company officer – employed for five years or more
  • Veterinary surgeon
  • Accountant (member of ICA, ASA, NIA or CPA, ATMA, NTAA)
  • Minister of religion, or marriage celebrant
  • Member of:
    • Chartered Secretaries Australia
    • Engineers Australia, other than at the grade of student (must include member number)
    • Australian Defence Force (an officer; or a non-commissioned officer with 5+ years of continuous service; a warrant officer)
    • Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
  • Notary public
  • Holder of a statutory office not specified in another item in this Part
  • Police officer
  • Sheriff or Sheriff’s officer
  • Teacher (full-time) at a school or tertiary education institution
How is the Professional Year in Engineering structured?

The PYear in Engineering provides practical training and workshops as well as access to learning and career development tools and methods. Designed to enhance the participant's ability to obtain employment in their chosen discipline by applying his or her technical skills and knowledge in the Australian workplace, it also includes submission of a Work Placement and Events Report (as part of Engineers Australia's professional development program), mandatory attendance at two technical and two non-technical events as well as ongoing networking opportunities, professional development and further professional credentials as a Graduate Member of Engineers Australia. Importantly, the program includes an invaluable 12 weeks (unpaid) supervised engineering intern placement with a host company.

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What is a Professional Year (PYear)?

A Professional Year is a 44-week ‘job-preparedness' program legislated by the Australian government in 2008 to assist former international students with transitioning into the Australian workforce.

With the aim of equipping students with the professional skills needed for a successful career in Australia, the program focuses on employability skills that included working within Australian legislative requirements, EEO and OHS&E processes as well as job seeking skills like effective resume writing and interview techniques. All classes are conducted in English to encourage participant’s continued communication skills.

Is the PYear in Engineering only open to engineering graduates?

Yes. Applicants must have studied in Australia or at an officially recognised overseas university. Applicants who have applied for a 485 Skilled Graduate visa must have nominated an Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) code for migration purposes. Other PYear programs are available for former ICT and Accounting graduates. Please refer to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website for further information on all other PYear programs.

Who can apply for the PYear in Engineering?

Recent graduates of Australian university courses who have applied for or been issued a Skilled-Graduate (Temporary) 485 Visa, or a Bridging Visa A or B, and nominated an Engineering ANZSCO Code for migration purposes.

Applicants must also have undergone a successful Migration Skills Assessment through Engineers Australia to be applicable for entry into the PYear program.

Other visa holders that are eligible to apply for the PYear are:

  • Skilled Recognised Graduate visa (476)
  • Secondary visa holder of other visa (457/ENS/RSMS/Labour Agreement)

Applicants must have a minimum of 12 calendar months remaining on their visa from the commencement date of the program. For visa eligibility for the program, please visit the DIBP site at www.immi.gov.au

Australian citizens and permanent residents who are also recent graduates may also apply for the program. Please be advised that the PYear is full-fee paying and HECS does not apply.

What is the application process?

All applications for the Professional Year in Engineering are to be submitted with all certified supporting documentation and full payment details to the professionalyear@eeaust.com.au. (For a list of what documents are required, please refer to the application). The application will then be assessed to ensure it meets the Professional Year requirements.

All applicants will be contacted regarding initial acceptance of their application with an application acknowledgment letter. Once payment has been received the applicant will be advised of their progression to the next stage of the process - an interview time with the chosen provider. If an application is not accepted at any stage throughout the process all fees that have been paid will be fully refunded. All successful applicants will be advised of class location and start time details once the interview process is complete.

What are the 'cut off' dates for PYear applications?

Applications can be submitted at any time and all successful applicants will be placed in the next available intake with their preferred provider and location. Please refer to intake dates listed above.

What if I don't hold the appropriate Visa?

If you do not hold any of the visa listed above, please contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for further details. The department's website is http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration and contains all the relevant information regarding eligibility for the PYear in Engineering.

How do I apply for the Professional Year in Engineering?

The first step would be downloading the application form and putting together the required supporting documentation. Any enquiries regarding the application process for the Professional Year should be addressed to professionalyear@eeaust.com.au.

Who is an authorised person that is eligible to sign the supporting documents for a Professional Year application?

All supporting documents are to be certified in Australia. Please see below a list ofpeople are authorised to certify documents:

  • Health professions: Chiropractor, Dentist, Medical practitioner, Nurse, Optometrist, Pharmacist, Physiotherapist, Psychologist1
  • Legal professions: Legal practitioner, Patent attorney, Trademarks attorney
  • Court positions: Bailiff, Justice of the Peace, Judge, Magistrate, Registrar, or Deputy Registrar, Clerk, Master of a court, CEO of a Commonwealth court
  • Commissioner for Affidavits, or Commissioner for Declarations (dependent on jurisdictions)
  • Government representatives(elected): Federal, State or Territory or Local
  • Public servants: Federal, State or Territory or Local – employed for five years or more.
  • Permanent employees of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • Bank officer, building society officer, credit union officer, finance company officer – employed for five years or more
  • Veterinary surgeon
  • Accountant (member of ICA, ASA, NIA or CPA, ATMA, NTAA)
  • Minister of religion, or marriage celebrant
  • Member of:
    • Chartered Secretaries Australia
    • Engineers Australia, other than at the grade of student (must include member number)
    • Australian Defence Force (an officer; or a non-commissioned officer with 5+ years of continuous service; a warrant officer)
    • Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
  • Notary public
  • Holder of a statutory office not specified in another item in this Part
  • Police officer
  • Sheriff or Sheriff’s officer
  • Teacher (full-time) at a school or tertiary education institution
How much does the Professional Year in Engineering cost?

The recommended fee for the Professional Year in Engineering is:

  • Option One - Full Payment on Application ($15,200)
  • Option Two - Three Instalments over 4 months ($15,500)
What is a PYear Partner and who are ours?

A PYear Partner is a recognised learning institution authorised to deliver the PYear by Engineering Education Australia. Engineering Education Australia is proud to partner with the following institutions in delivering the Professional Year:

How is the Professional Year in Engineering structured?

The PYear in Engineering provides practical training and workshops as well as access to learning and career development tools and methods. Designed to enhance the participant's ability to obtain employment in their chosen discipline by applying his or her technical skills and knowledge in the Australian workplace, it also includes submission of a Work Placement and Events Report (as part of Engineers Australia's professional development program), mandatory attendance at two technical and two non-technical events as well as ongoing networking opportunities, professional development and further professional credentials as a Graduate Member of Engineers Australia. Importantly, the program includes an invaluable 12 weeks (unpaid) supervised engineering intern placement with a host company.

What will I learn?

Communicating effectively in the workplace, participating successfully within a team and implementation strategies to manage your personal career development are just some of the components of the PYear, along with effectively providing service to internal (and as appropriate) external clients. The PYear also looks at the Australian legislative requirements applicable to workplaces and operations as well as occupational safety, health and environment (OSHE) processes, how to work effectively within an organisations requirement, including those for EEO and diversity, and strategies for applying occupation-specific knowledge and skills to complex professional situations.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is based on Partner learning facilitator reports of work undertaken by the participant. There are no exams, but to be successful all participants must complete all tasks in each component to a satisfactory standard in English (IELTS level 6 minimum). Assessment of the work placement (internship) component will be based on a work placement report by the participant's industry supervisor within the Host Company and completion of an Events Report. All information regarding assessment is available within the Participant Guidelines and Participant Handbooks, available on acceptance into the program.

Can I work while I undertake the PYear?

Please refer to the Department of Immigration Border Protection for all Visa enquiries

Can I relocate to undertake the PYear?

It is intended that the PYear will be offered in all states and territories across Australia, but participants may elect to relocate to undertake the PYear program at their own discretion and expense. The deferral request will need to be sent to EEA and elected provider in writing to be approved.

Can I do the PYear on a part-time basis?

The PYear program occurs over a minimum 44-week, maximum 12-month period. Each PYear Partner will structure the PYear program as they deem appropriate to facilitate the needs of the majority of participants. Some PYear Partners will offer after hour’s classes.

Is the Industry Work Placement (internship) paid or unpaid?

The PYear is a 'job-preparedness' program and as such, the internship component is unpaid.

Is there a guarantee the industry work placement (internship) will be in my area of expertise?

The industry work placement (internship) component of the program is a key element of a successful professional year; providing participants with workplace experience in an engineering firm or department. PYear partners will make every effort to ensure participants are placed with organisations with relevant engineering work.

What will happen if I fail one of the PYear components?

Each PYear Partner will determine policy surrounding whether a participant can repeat a component of the PYear program. The objective of the PYear is to adequately equip participants for a career in Australia and each partner will make every effort to ensure that outcome is achieved for every participant, but the program must be completed within 12 months of the original registration and no extension can be granted.

Does completion of a Professional Year guarantee permanent residency?

Permanent Residency is not guaranteed. Engineers Australia (EA) and Engineering Education Australia (EEA) cannot comment on immigration policy or decisions.

Does completion of a Professional Year guarantee me employment in Engineering?

Whilst the PYear is designed to enhance a participant's ability to obtain employment in their chosen field it does not guarantee job placement. The program will help participants apply for jobs and be 'job-ready' for the Australian workforce, and also provides networking opportunities through participation in Engineers Australia technical and non-technical events, but cannot guarantee employment on completion of the program.