Trades Recognition Service

If you're a skilled worker and seek a formal qualification or an Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR) for employment or licensing purposes, you may apply for a skills assessment through the Trades Recognition Service.

VETASSESS offers the Trades Recognition Service in Victoria, New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland.

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

  • reside in Australia
  • are a tradesperson working in one of the occupations assessed in this program (see list below)
  • have been employed in your occupation for at least 4 years (this may include time spent in workplace-based training, up to a maximum of 12 months)
  • have worked in your occupation for at least 6 months within the last 3 years
  • do not have an Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) qualification relevant to your occupation
  • do not require a skills assessment for migration.

If you are not eligible for the Trades Recognition Service, you may be eligible to apply for our National Skills Assessment Service or Skills Assessment for Migration programs.

Occupations assessed in the Trades Recognition Service

  • Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic
  • Electrician (General)
  • Electrician (Special Class)
  • Fitter
  • Metal Fabricator
  • Metal Machinist (First Class)
  • Motor Mechanic
  • Sheetmetal Trades Worker
  • Welder (First Class)

Before you apply

1. Check that you are eligible to apply for a Trades Recognition Service 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.