CHANGES TO THE TRADE SKILLS ASSESSMENT PROCESS

- Trades Recognition Australia has announced changes to the trade skills assessment process, including changes to the fees, employment experience criteria and payment process for OSAP, TSS and TRS trade skills assessments. The VETASSESS website has been updated to reflect the changes.

- These changes relate to all new applications received from 1st March 2019.

Evidence Requirements

You must submit training and employment evidence to support your application.

Pathway 1 and Pathway 2 assessments have different evidence requirements:

Pathway 1 evidence requirements

If you are applying for a Pathway 1 assessment, you must provide evidence showing you meet the minimum employment experience requirements for your nominated occupation:

  • Licensed Trades - 6 years' employment experience (with no formal training)
  • Licensed Trades - 4 years' employment experience (with relevant formal training)
  • Non-licensed Trades - 5 years' employment experience (with no formal training)
  • Non-licensed Trades - 3 years' employment experience (with relevant formal training)

Your evidence must show you have worked in your occupation for at least 12 months (full time) within the last 3 years and must be able to be verified. Full time employment is defined as at least 38 hours per week.

Appropriate types of evidence include:

  • financial records (such as taxation records, payment summaries, payslips or bank statements) that show time periods of employment
  • references from your employers detailing the full range of tasks you performed. References must be on company letterhead, include contact details (phone numbers and email addresses) and be signed by the referee (the referee should be your employer or supervisor). It is important the contact details are correct as we will contact referees to verify the reference is genuine.
  • trade qualifications, training records, short courses, apprenticeships and/or licences
  • videos or photos of you performing work tasks
  • your resume/CV.

VETASSESS cannot accept statutory declarations about your employment experience in the absence of 3rd party evidence (e.g. employer reference, position description, financial records).

NOTE: Some occupations have additional evidence requirements.

For detailed information about the evidence you must provide in a Pathway 1 assessment (including occupation-specific evidence requirements), please download the Evidence Guide (548KB pdf).

Pathway 2 evidence requirements

If you are applying for a Pathway 2 assessment, you must provide:

  • a copy of your Australian qualification, including a Statement of Results or your current Australian Occupational Licence
  • evidence you have worked full time in your occupation for 12 months in the last 3 years. For Australian licence holders, this 12 months full time paid employment must be in Australia. Full time employment is defined as at least 38 hours per week.
  • evidence that you have worked full time in paid employment in your occupation for 3 years at the skill level required, e.g. employer references, taxation records, annual payment summaries, group certificates, payslips and/or bank statements.

VETASSESS cannot accept statutory declarations about your employment experience in the absence of 3rd party evidence (e.g. employer reference, position description, financial records).

For detailed information about the evidence you must provide in a Pathway 2 assessment, please download the Pathway 2 Candidate Guide (266KB pdf).

FAQs

You must upload your evidence online as part of the application process. You must submit all relevant evidence before you pay for your assessment.

You must upload colour scans of original documents. The minimum scan resolution is 150 dpi (dots per inch).

Only scanned copies of original documents will be accepted. Do not send your original copies. If you submit original documents, they will not be returned. Your documents do not need to be certified.

If your documents are not in English, you will need to have them translated into English. You need to submit copies of the original documents as well as the English translations. Please note that a registered translation service must be used.

If you are or have been self-employed, you must provide evidence of your employment in your trade. Please refer to the Evidence Guide (548KB pdf) for more information about the types of evidence you should provide.

Information provided to VETASSESS may be used for data matching with other Australian Government agencies such as the Department of Education, the Department of Jobs and Small Business, the Department of Home Affairs and the Australian Taxation Office. If VETASSESS identifies any non-genuine evidence during the assessment process, the relevant Australian Government agencies will be notified and the candidate will receive a negative assessment outcome.