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Changes in assessment of trade occupations

From April 23, VETASSESS will implement a number of changes to the trades skills assessment process. These changes will apply to new applications lodged from that date.

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Change in how applications are lodged 

When you apply for a skills assessment, we will review the information and documents you provided to ensure we have enough evidence for your assessment. 

Once we have confirmed your application is ‘assessment ready’, we will accept your application and advise how to pay the assessment fee. 

The change means you will only have to pay for an assessment once we have confirmed that it is ‘assessment ready’. 


Changes for Pathway 1 trade applicants 

We are also changing the assessment process for Pathway 1 applications for all trades, except Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic, Electrician (General), Electrician (Special Class) and Plumber (General). 

Stage 2 of the assessment process will now involve three steps: 

  1. Video Evidence 

When submitting your Stage 2 application, you will need to provide a selection of videos demonstrating your trade skills. You can find the instructions about what types of skills to capture in your videos and how to record them in the Video Guide for your nominated occupation provided on our website. An updated Video Guide for all trades will be available on April 23. 

The assessor will review your videos and will ask you to resubmit them if they do not meet the requirements. 


  1. Australian Industry Standards Online Assessment   

You will need to complete a short online course about Australian industry standards relevant to your trade. At the end of the course, you will need to complete an assessment of your understanding of these standards.  

You will have seven days to complete the assessment and can repeat the modules if required. 

You will receive an email with a username and password for the online course once your Stage 2 application has been accepted and payment confirmed. 


    3. Technical Interview 

Once the online assessment is successfully completed and video evidence requirements are met, we will be able to book your technical interview. 

The interview will be conducted either over the internet, or face-to-face at one of our assessment venues. It will take about two hours. 

For further information, read the Pathway 1 Technical Assessment Guide or contact us at


For more than 25 years VETASSESS has provided tailored, independent assessment services to governments, education sectors and industries globally.
We have pioneered assessment services to recognise and verify individuals’ qualifications, skills and experience for migration purposes against the requirements of 360 professional and 27 trade occupations.

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