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Pathway 2 Process

Your assessment process (either Pathway 1 or Pathway 2) depends on whether you have or don’t have an accepted Australian qualification or current Australian occupational licence.

Pathway 2 - You do have an Australian qualification or occupational licence

Find out how to apply when you have a qualification or occupational licence in your trade that was awarded in Australia. You can download information about the Pathway 2 Trade Skills Assessment Process.

Find out how to apply

Am I eligible?

If you are eligible for a Pathway 2 Trade Skills Assessment, you can apply online.

As part of the application process, you must provide:

  • A copy of your Australian qualification (including a Statement of Results) OR your current Australian occupational licence. Refer to Frequently Asked Questions on this page to see what qualifications and licences are accepted - you must submit an accepted qualification/licence at the time of application.
  • Evidence you have worked in paid employment in your occupation for at least 3 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) at the skill level required.
  • Evidence you have worked full-time in your occupation for 12 months in the last 3 years. For applicants in licensed trades who hold an Australian qualification, this employment must have been in Australia, and for Australian occupational licence holders – in Australia or New Zealand.

For more information regarding the employment experience requirements for a Pathway 2 application, please refer to the Pathway 2 Candidate Guide.

Download the assessment process

Download the Pathway 2 assessment process.

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Assessment Locations

Pathway Two Non Licensed

We assess a number of professional occupations for people who want to emigrate to Australia as skilled migrants.

Chefs in kitchen

Pathway Two Licensed

We assess a number of trades occupations for people wanting to emigrate to Australia.

Some of the trades we assess are:

  • Cook and Chef
  • Electrician
  • Motor Mechanic
  • Welder

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USI stands for Unique Student Identifier. It is your individual education number and gives you an online record of your training and assessment undertaken in Australia.

VETASSESS collects USI details as part of the enrolment process if;

  • You are applying for Pathway 1 Offshore Skills Assessment Program or TSS Skills Assessment Program
  • You are going to undertake your assessment in Australia

The USI records Units of Competency completed against a National Recognised Training qualification or Statement of Attainment.

It is important to note that an Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR) does not form part of National Recognised Training qualification documentation but rather provides a pathway to obtain a qualification. As such, we will only be able to record your OTSR results against your USI when issuing you a qualification.

Please refer to the Pathway 2 Candidate Guide for a list of accepted Australian qualifications for each occupation assessed by VETASSESS.

You must provide one of the accepted qualifications listed for your nominated occupation at the time of application. If you do not provide an accepted qualification (or if you provide a qualification listed for an occupation different to the occupation you are applying for) at the time of application, you will receive a negative outcome and no refund will apply.

If you are currently licensed or registered to work as an electrician, plumber or refrigeration and air-conditioning mechanic in Australia, you may be eligible to apply to be assessed under Pathway 2.

For more information regarding the employment experience requirements for a Pathway 1 application, please refer to the Pathway 1 Employment Experience Guidelines.

Find more about our processing times here

Find out more information on our refund policy here.  

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This program is for people applying for a skilled migration visa to Australia (excluding 485 or TSS visas) who work in a nominated occupation and hold a passport from a nominated country or Special Administrative Region (SAR).

Assessment Locations

Assessment Locations

Find your nearest skills assessment centre in Australia or around the world.


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Get step-by-step instructions on how to apply for a skills assessment, and more, with VETASSESS.

Check you have the right documents before you apply.

Read the fact sheet and assessment information for your occupation.

Every trade occupation has a fact sheet and other information about how you will be assessed. 

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