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The Trades Recognition Service (TRS) provides skills assessments via recognition of prior learning by registered training organisations approved by Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) - refer to https://tradesrecognitionaustralia.gov.au and https://tradesrecognitionaustralia.gov.au/programs. Skills assessments are available in a range of automotive, metal and electrical occupations.
TRS skills assessments are for applicants who seek formal recognition of their trade skills for employment purposes and/or to access occupational licensing.
For TRA's TRS Applicant Guidelines please click here.
For more information on Electrical Licensing Regulators please click here.
1. What is an Offshore Technical Skills Record?
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 you need to complete when you
arrive in Australia.
Before you apply
Are you eligible to apply through CET?
If you’re a skilled Electrician with an overseas qualification, you may apply for a
skills assessment through the College of Electrical Training (CET).
You are eligible for the Trades Recognition Service, if you:
- are residing in Australia (proof of Australian residency required)
- hold a New Zealand Passport or a visa that allows you to temporarily reside and
work in your trade in Australia
- have not completed an Australian apprenticeship in your trade
- have worked for a minimum of five years in your trade with recent employment
2. Do you understand the application process?
How do I apply?
1. Apply to CET for assessment
To begin your application please complete the Trades Recognition Australia Registration Form, please see the following TRA Process and provide any relevant employment and training documents to the College of Electrical Training.
College of Electrical Training, PO Box 4, Joondalup DC WA 6919
During Step 2 we will review your training and employment evidence to determine whether you meet Australian trade requirements. Your evidence must show you have at least 5 years' experience in your occupation if inclusive of training or 3 years post trade training.
If you're successful you will move to Step 3, an assessor will assess you via a technical interview and practical assessment.
As your skills assessment will be conducted in Australia, you will need to apply for a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Go to www.usi.gov.au and apply online. You must include your USI on your application form.
2. CET will conduct a technical interview and assess your skills
You must undertake a technical interview and practical assessment as you are applying for a licensed trade. The technical interview and practical assessment will be conducted in English and no interpreters are allowed.
3. Assessment result
As you are being assessed in a licensed Nominated Occupation, the requirement for Australian specific knowledge and skills is unable to be obtained by overseas trained Applicants whose work experience is limited to an offshore context. Successful Applicants will be issued with an Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR). This will record the technical competencies which you have successfully demonstrated against the relevant Australian training package qualification.
On receipt of the OTSR you are required to contact EnergySafety to apply for a Provisional Electrical Licence and approval to undertake the Minimum Australian Context Gap training. A period of supervised employment in the Electrical industry is also required in order to be awarded UEE30811 - Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician.
If you are unsuccessful you will be issued with a letter explaining the reasons for the unsuccessful outcome and identifying which additional competencies and\or training is required in order for you to achieve the appropriate Australian qualification for your nominated trade.
4. Reviews, Reassessments and Appeals
An unsuccessful Applicant who wishes to lodge an appeal of the assessment decision will be required to do so within seven (7) business days of being notified in writing by the CET of the unsuccessful outcome.
If you wish to lodge an appeal click Trades Recognition Australia Request for Appeal Form and note the 'Student Complaint, Grievance Resolution and Appeals Procedure' found at Terms & Conditions/Policies page.
The CET will conduct a review of the initial assessment decision, and if deemed appropriate, conduct a reassessment within fourteen (14) business days of lodgement of the appeal by the Applicant.
The CET will notify the Applicant of the outcome of the appeal within five (5) business days of completion of the appeal process and issue appropriate documentation.
The fee for conducting a reassessment resulting from an appeal by the Applicant is $680.
For further information please contact the CET Joondalup on ph (08) 9233 5000.
CET's office hours are Mon - Fri 7.30am to 5pm.