The assessment process for a National Skills Recognition assessment is outlined below.
If you are eligible for a National Skills Recognition assessment and are confident you have the skills and knowledge outlined in the Fact Sheet for your occupation, you can apply and pay for Stage 1 of your assessment online.
You then need to provide evidence of your employment, skills and knowledge. Your evidence must show you meet the minimum employment experience requirements for your nominated occupation:
- Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic - 6 years' employment experience (with no formal training)
- Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic - 4 years' employment experience (with relevant formal training)
- All other trades - 5 years' employment experience (with no formal training)
- All other trades - 3 years' employment experience (with relevant formal training)
Your evidence must show you have worked in your occupation for at least 12 months within the last 3 years and must be able to be verified.
You will also need to obtain and provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI). You can apply for a USI HERE.
An assessor will review the evidence you provide to check you have sufficient employment experience and the skills and knowledge relevant to the Australian qualification you are applying for.
When reviewing your evidence, the assessor will conduct checks including calling your referees to confirm your evidence is genuine. Therefore, you must make sure you provide us with current contact details. The assessor may also need to talk to you about your skills and knowledge and to discuss the most appropriate assessment option for you to demonstrate your skills.
If you have provided sufficient, appropriate evidence, you will be asked to pay the Stage 2 fee and complete a Practical Assessment or a Technical Interview.
In a Practical Assessment, you will complete a series of tasks while being watched by an assessor. This can be done at a VETASSESS venue or at your workplace.
In a Technical Interview, an assessor will ask you a range of questions about the skills and knowledge required to work in your occupation.
Note: If you are applying for to be assessed as an Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic, then you MUST complete a Practical Assessment. For other occupations, you can choose between a Practical Assessment or a Technical Interview.
If your assessment outcome is successful, you will receive:
- a Successful Assessment Outcome letter
- an Australian Certificate III or IV Qualification and a Statement of Results.
If your assessment outcome is unsuccessful, you will receive:
- an Unsuccessful Assessment Outcome letter
- a Statement of Results and Statement of Attainment.
Download the National Skills Recognition Assessment Process (60KB pdf).
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