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 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 have at least 4 years' experience in your occupation at the skill level required. This 4 year period may include time spent in workplace-based training, up to a maximum of 12 months. Your evidence must show you have worked in your occupation for at least 6 months within the last 3 years and must be able to be verified.

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 or a Technical Interview.

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.

Note: If you are applying for a licensed occupation (Electrician or 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 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).