After 1 July 2017, trade applicants:

  • do not have to complete a TradeSet or provide a TradeSet number to VETASSESS
  • cannot apply for the Optional Skills Assessment Service. Applicants requiring a skills assessment for licensing purposes (i.e. not for migration) should apply to be assessed under the Offshore Skills Assessment Program (OSAP).

Cooks and Chefs from Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan

VETASSESS is also pleased to announce, we can now provide skills assessments for Cooks and Chefs from Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

To participate in a skills assessment, applicants who hold a passport from these countries, will be required to travel to a VETASSESS assessment venue in Dubai or India.

Trade Occupations

Skills Assessment for trade occupations

If you're a skilled worker such as an electrician, welder, plumber, carpenter, cook or motor mechanic, you may apply for a trades skills assessment. See a complete list of the trade occupations assessed by VETASSESS here Trade Occupations assessed by VETASSESS (246KB pdf)

Before you apply

If you've answered "yes" to all these questions, you are ready to apply.

Assessment outcome

If your assessment is successful, you will receive:

  • a Skills Assessment outcome letter, and either
  • an Australian Certificate III or IV (non-licensed trades only) or
  • an Offshore Technical Skills Record (licensed trades).

If you're unsuccessful, you will receive:

  • a Skills Assessment outcome letter
  • a Statement of Attainment (non-licensed trades)
  • advice on further training or employment experience required.

If you are unsuccessful, you can apply for a review (139KB pdf), or appeal (151KB pdf) the decision by completing the required forms.


An Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR) entitles the holder to an entry level provisional licence in a trade (subject to meeting specific State and Territory requirements). It also details the gap training the successful applicant will need to undertake when they arrive in Australia. See the Offshore Technical Skills Record information sheet (195KB pdf). Please ensure you complete your gap training and supervised employment within three years.

A Statement of Attainment lists the units of competency in which you were successful. It is not a full qualification.

If you are currently licenced 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.

You do not have to complete a practical assessment if you select to be assessed under Pathway 2. Stage 2 of the assessment process comprises a technical interview of approximately an hour’s duration. During this interview, an assessor will discuss with you your employment in your occupation.

To receive a successful Pathway 2 outcome, you must have:

  • a current Australian occupational licence
  • a current Australian occupational licence
  • worked full time in paid employment in your occupation for a total of 3 years.

If your Pathway 2 application is successful, you will receive a migration outcome letter. You will not be awarded an Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR).

Please refer to the Pathway 2 Candidate Guide for more information which is available at

There is a fee of $20.00 AUD if you wish to have a scanned copy of your skills assessment outcome emailed to you. To make payment, complete a credit card authority form which you can download from VETASSESS website

Candidates with special needs can request reasonable adjustments are made to the assessment process to accommodate their participation.

Reasonable adjustment refers to measures or actions taken to provide a candidate with a special need or disability the same opportunities as every other candidate, while maintaining the integrity of the assessment outcome.

If you wish to request a reasonable adjustment, please contact and discuss your individual situation with VETASSESS.

Please note:

  • All assessments must be conducted in English. No translator is allowed to attend an assessment.
  • Reasonable adjustment does not mean that all candidates’ requests are granted.

A Unique Student Identifier is a number that links all of a person's training records together.

If you are applying to be assessed by VETASSESS in Australia you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). From 1 January, 2015, VETASSESS is not able to issue qualifications or Statements of Attainment to candidates who do not supply a USI.

If you do not have a USI you can apply for one at The USI will be issued in real time and free of charge.

If you are assessed offshore, you do not need a USI. However, be aware your results will not available via the USI system, nor will your results appear on your authenticated VET transcript.

After VETASSESS has notified you that you have successfully completed your training and employment check, you are invited to apply for the next stage of the assessment—either a technical interview or practical assessment. You must pay for and complete the next stage of the assessment within three months.