National Skills Recognition

VETASSESS offers a skills assessment (also known as recognition of prior learning) service throughout Australia. This service can provide you with a nationally recognised qualification based on your experience, knowledge and skills, which may enable you to:

  • change careers
  • gain a promotion
  • ensure job security
  • comply with industry standards and licensing requirements (note: if you require a specific licence, please check the requirements with the relevant licensing body before applying to VETASSESS)
  • have your existing skills and knowledge formally recognised.

To be eligible to be assessed under this program, you:

  • reside in Australia
  • are a tradesperson working in one of the 26 occupations assessed in this program. Download the list of occupations assessed in this program (56KB pdf)
  • have been employed in your occupation for at least 4 years (this can include time spent in training)
  • have worked in your occupation for at least 6 months within the past 3 years
  • do not have an Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) qualification relevant to your occupation
  • do not require a skills assessment for migration.

Before you apply

1. Check that you are eligible to apply for a National Skills Recognition assessment with VETASSESS.
2. Review the assessment process.
3. Read the Fact Sheet for your occupation to see the skills and knowledge you need to demonstrate in your assessment.
4. Read the Evidence Guide to see the types of evidence you can provide.
5. Read the Practical Assessment and Technical Interview guides to understand how you will be assessed.
6. Check how much an assessment costs.


Information about each of the above steps is provided on the following pages.