Online applications for trades skills for migration

VETASSESS is pleased to announce from July 1st 2016 trade applicants will be able to apply and submit their training and employment evidence online.

Trades Recognition Service

If you're a skilled worker such as an electrician, welder, air-conditioning and refrigeration mechanic or motor mechanic, you may apply for a skills assessment.

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:

  • are resident in Australia
  • have been employed in your trade for at least five years (this can include time spent in training)
  • are a tradesperson working in one of the trades assessed in this program
  • do not have an Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) qualification relevant to your occupation
  • do not require a skills assessment for migration.

For more information, please visit Trades Recognition Australia’s TRS Applicant Guidelines

View a list of trade occupations we assess before applying to have your skills assessed.

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

Before you apply

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

Apply/Track Application

Assessment outcome

If your assessment is successful, you will receive:

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

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.


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.

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).

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

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.