Frequently asked questions

About the trade skill assessment for migration
1. Who can apply for a skills assessment?
2. What are the benefits of the assessment process?
3. How long does it take?
4. How much does a skill assessment cost?
5. Will I have to pay all of the fees up front?
6. Are the fees refundable?
7. What is the difference between the occupations of Carpenter and Joiner (331211), Joiner (331213) and Carpenter (331212)?

Submitting an application
8. Why do I need to submit documentary evidence with my application?
9. Will information I provide be shared with any other organisation?
10. Will VETASSESS accept my Australian AQF qualification?
11. Do I need to submit original or certified documents as part of my evidence?
12. Why are original documents preferred for employment?
13. Where do I send my application?
14. Can any Registered Training Organisation (RTO) assess my skills for pre-migration purposes?
15. What is the training and employment check?
16. What is a competency group?
17. How do I find out about the requirements for my trade?

Technical interview/practical demonstration
18. Can I have the technical interview if I am applying for a licensed trade?
19. Where will I be assessed?
20. How often will technical interview/practical demonstration be scheduled?
21. Who will be conducting the technical interview/practical demonstration?
22. What do I have to take to a technical interview/practical demonstration?
23. Will the assessment require English language skills?
24. Can I use an interpreter during the technical interview/practical demonstration?

Assessment outcomes
25. What will I get at the end of a successful assessment?
26. What is an Offshore Technical Skills Record?
27. How can I find out about trade licences in particular Australian states and territories?
28. What will I receive if I am not successful in the assessment?

About the trade skill assessment for migration

1. Who can apply for a skills assessment?

See Applying for a trade occupation for eligibility.

What if I am on a temporary visa?

For applicants who are currently in Australia on a temporary visa please note that for immigration purposes, you are not considered a resident of Australia if you hold a tourist visa or working holiday visa (or any other visa that has allowed you to be in Australia for a period of time as either a tourist or short term worker). Therefore, if you are a resident of one of the nominated countries and work in one of the trades listed, and are in Australia on a tourist visa or working holiday visa you are considered to be a resident of your country of origin. You are therefore required to seek a skills assessment from VETASSESS.

Immigration status:

You should direct any matters relating to your immigration status to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) on 131 881 or refer to the immigration website at: www.immi.gov.au VETASSESS and TRA do not provide immigration assistance or advice to potential applicants. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are making a valid application that is applicable to your individual circumstances. Your country of residence will be determined by a case officer when you lodge your migration application. If you have obtained a skills assessment from the incorrect assessing authority, it may be invalid for immigration purposes and your migration application may be refused.

2. What are the benefits of the assessment process?

Some of the benefits are:

  • Successful applicants will have more certainty than they do now that they will be able to work in their nominated occupation upon arrival to Australia.
  • Applicants in the licensed electrical and plumbing occupations will receive an outcome that will entitle them to a provisional licence which will allow them to work under supervision without having to undertake additional skills testing once they arrive in Australia.
  • Applicants in non-licensed occupations will receive an Australian qualification that demonstrates they have the full range of skills of the trade.
  • Unsuccessful applicants will be provided with a detailed assessment outcome. This will provide them with guidance on additional training and/or employment required to meet the standard.

3. How long does it take?

For a temporary 457 visa skills assessment, the assessment is normally completed within 5-7 weeks. For permanent migration skills assessment it may take 6 to 10. This can vary depending on whether a technical interview or in country assessment is conducted.

4. How much does a skill assessment cost?

See Fees and payment for cost breakdown. Additional fees for an in country assessment may apply.

5. Will I have to pay all of the fees up front?

No. You pay fees at each stage of your skills assessment process.

6. Are the fees refundable?

No refund of any fees will be provided.

7. What is the difference between the occupations of Carpenter and Joiner (331211), Joiner (331213) and Carpenter (331212)?

The occupation of Carpenter and Joiner (331211) requires applicants to meet the assessment requirements for the qualification that covers both occupations of Carpenters and Joiners.

The separate occupations only require applicants to meet the requirements of the relevant qualification for that occupation
Please refer to the table below which may be useful to determine whether your skills are related to the Australian carpentry or joinery trade. This is to ensure that you are matched to the appropriate standards for your skills when you undertake a practical assessment.

Joiner (331213) (UK bench hand joiner) Carpenter (331212) (UK site joiner)
Prepare setting out details from technical drawings
  •Mark out timber
  •Machine timber using the following static machines
  • Rip saw
  •cross cut saw
  •thicknesser
  •overhead planer
  •spindle moulder
  •CNC machines
  •mortise machine
  •tenon machine
  •dimension saw

The assessment may involve work on all of the above machines

NOTE site based machinery is not included in the above (eg chop saw, rip saw)

  •Assemble joinery items
  •Apply finishes by spray or paint
  •Go out on to site to fit the items
Prepare a site ready for the building of a structure.
  •Read and follow drawings from architects and engineers,
  •Setting out buildings
  •Levelling
  •1st fix
  •lay sub floors with joists
  •Formwork for concrete slab
  •construct wall framing and partitions
  •construct ceiling frames
  •construct traditional cut pitched and or flat roofs
  •erect roof trusses
  •install windows and door frames
  •2nd fix
  •Hang doors, skirts and arcs
  •Fit kitchens and bathrooms
  •The above may be on new builds or renovations.

 

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Submitting an application

8. Why do I need to submit documentary evidence with my application?

The evidence you submit should show that you have the required competencies (skills) to meet the Australian standards in your nominated occupation. It will be used to develop a competency profile for you.

Refer to required documents.

9. Will information I provide be shared with any other organisation?

Information provided by you to VETASSESS may be used for data matching with other Australian Government agencies such as the Department of Education and Department of Employment, Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and the Australian Taxation Office. Any documentation submitted to VETASSESS may be supplied to an Australian Government agency. VETASSESS bases an assessment on evidence supplied by the applicant. If at any stage in the assessment process fabricated, falsified or non-genuine evidence is detected, the assessment will result in a negative outcome. This information may be provided to other Australian Government agencies.

10. Will VETASSESS accept my Australian AQF qualification?

VETASSESS will accept your Australian AQF qualification as evidence of completing training if it is in the same trade area as your nominated occupation. Refer to Pathway 2 – Australian qualifications for further information.

Please note that a pre-migration assessment undertaken by VETASSESS is not based on training qualifications only. Evidence of employment and an interview or practical demonstration of skills are also required.

All applicants must submit an application for an training and employment check (paper based assessment) and if successful may proceed to a technical interview/practical demonstration. A technical interview/practical demonstration is a mandatory requirement for a successful outcome.

11. Do I need to submit original or certified documents as part of my evidence?

It is preferred that you submit original documents relating to your employment and certified copies of documents relating to your personal information, training and work experience.

Please note that neither certified copies nor original documents will be returned.

Refer to required documents.

12. Why are original documents preferred for employment?

VETASSESS will be verifying your employment documents and prefers original documents to check the integrity of the evidence received.

13. Where do I send my application?

Skills Recognition International
VETASSESS
GPO Box 2752
Melbourne VIC 3001
Australia

14. Can any Registered Training Organisation (RTO) assess my skills for pre-migration purposes?

No, only those RTOs approved by Trades Recognition Australia (TRA), has the authority to assess applications in specified countries and trades for pre-migration purposes.

15. What is the training and employment check?

An assessment of your documentary evidence submitted with your application, eg training certificates / qualifications, resume, employment history. An assessor evaluates this evidence against the Australian qualification requirements to determine if you should proceed to the next stage of the assessment.

16. What is a competency group?

Australian qualifications are based on units of competency. A unit of competency describes particular aspects of work and knowledge required for the relevant industry. A competency group is a cluster of competencies that have been combined to represent a work activity or task that can be assessed.

17. How do I find out about the requirements for my trade?

Download a fact sheet for your nominated trade occupation. Each fact sheet provides further information on each area competence (skill) that will be required for you to demonstrate at each stage of assessment.

Complete a TradeSET free self-evaluation online. This helps you determine the training, employment and competencies (skills) required to meet Australian standards for your nominated occupation.

 

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Technical interview/practical demonstration

18. Can I have the technical interview if I am applying for a licensed trade?

No. Technical Interviews via web conferencing are not available for

  • Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic (342111)
  • Electrician (General) (341111)
  • Electrical Cable Jointer (342212)
  • Electrical Linesworker (342211)
  • Electronic Equipment Trades Worker (342313)
  • Plumber (General) (334111)

Applicants will need to attend a practical assessment session that will involve an interview and demonstration of tasks. Some countries including South Africa, UK, India and Philippines have the practical assessment sessions scheduled regularly over the year. Please refer to In country assessment for details. For applicants from other countries, please contact VETASSESS before you make a skills assessment application.

19. Where will I be assessed?

VETASSESS can assess applicants in any country where there is an approved venue. Go to In country assessment schedule. You can contact VETASSESS for the location of the venues in your country. In some exceptional circumstances VETASSESS may allow other venues to be used. An additional fee may apply. Please contact us to discuss further.

20. How often will technical interview/practical demonstration be scheduled?

The technical interviews/practical demonstration assessment dates will be distributed regularly over the year for each country.

21. Who will be conducting the technical interview/practical demonstration?

The person conducting your assessment will be a qualified trade skill assessor. Assessors from VETASSESS or RTOs that are working with VETASSESS will conduct the technical interview/practical demonstration.

22. What do I have to take to a technical interview/practical demonstration?

You will need to take:

  • admissions voucher
  • the following ID:
    • current passport (original document)
    • original birth certificate and drivers licence, or another form of photo ID.

The relevant tools and safety equipment to undertake the practical demonstration if required (see candidate guide).

23. Will the assessment require English language skills?

Yes. All elements of the assessment will be conducted in English. Applicants will be required to read English and respond to questions in English. For further information about English language requirements for migration, please refer to www.immi.gov.au/skilled/skilled-workers/sbs/.

24. Can I use an interpreter during the technical interview/practical demonstration?

No. English language skills are a requirement for migration.

 

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Assessment outcomes

25. What will I get at the end of a successful assessment?

If you are successful, VETASSESS will issue an assessment outcome letter that states you have met the pre-migration skills assessment requirements. This letter can be submitted to the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).
Licensed trades receive an Offshore Technical Skills Record. An applicant who receives an Offshore Technical Skills Record will be eligible to gain entry level provisional licensing in the relevant trade (subject to meeting other non-trade requirements). It will also detail the bridging training the successful applicant will need to undertake when they get to Australia.

Non-licensed trades receive an Australian qualification (Certificate III). An applicant who receives a Certificate III qualification will be recognised as a tradesperson within the relevant trade area.

26. What is an Offshore Technical Skills Record?

An Offshore Technical Skills Record will entitle the holder to an entry level provisional licence in that trade (subject to meeting any non-skill requirements). It will also detail the gap training the successful applicant will need to undertake when they get to Australia.

27. How can I find out about trade licences in particular Australian states and territories?

For further information on licences, please visit Licence Recognition website

The website also has information on who to contact to apply for a licence. This website also allows the user to look up a licence entitlement in another state or territory, based on the currently-held licence.

For further information, you can also download the electrical trades licence matrix or plumbing trades licence matrix.

28. What will I receive if I am not successful in the assessment?

Unsuccessful applicants will receive a record of assessment that details areas where you were successful and unsuccessful in meeting the Australian Standard.

 

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