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.

Assessment Process

The assessment process for the Trades Recognition Service is outlined below.

If you are eligible for a Trades Recognition Service assessment and are confident you have the skills and knowledge outlined in the Fact Sheet for your occupation, you can apply online.

As part of the application process, you 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:

  • 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 within the last 3 years and must be able to be verified.

For more information regarding the employment experience requirements for a Pathway 1 application, please refer to the Pathway 1 Employment Experience Guidelines.

After you have uploaded all relevant and verifiable evidence, you will pay for the first stage of the assessment. You will be required to submit payment directly to Trades Recognition Australia.

To be assessed in Australia, you will also need to obtain and provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI). You can apply for a free USI HERE.

An assessor will review the evidence you provide to check you have sufficient employment experience and the skills and knowledge required to work in your occupation in Australia.

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.

If you have provided sufficient, appropriate evidence, you will be asked to pay the Stage 2 fee and complete a Practical Assessment and/or a Technical Interview. This fee is payable directly to Trades Recognition Australia.

In a Practical Assessment, you will complete a series of tasks while being watched by an assessor.

In a Technical Interview, an assessor will ask you a range of questions about the skills and knowledge required to work in your occupation.

If you are applying for a licensed occupation (Electrician, Plumber or Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic), then you MUST complete both a Technical Interview and a Practical Assessment.

For other occupations, you must complete a Technical Interview.

If your assessment outcome is successful, you will receive:

  • a Successful Assessment Outcome letter
  • an Australian Certificate III qualification and Statement of Results (non-licensed occupations only)
  • an Offshore Technical Skills Record (licensed occupations only).

If your assessment outcome is unsuccessful, you will receive:

  • an Unsuccessful Assessment Outcome letter
  • a Statement of Results and Statement of Attainment (non-licensed occupations only).