Victoria University (VU) is approved by the Australian Government's Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) to perform skills assessments for tradespersons who:

  • reside in Australia

  • do not have an Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) qualification relevant to their occupation

  • are applying for recognition in a specified electrical or metal trade

  • do not require a skills assessment for migration.

Our Trades Recognition Services (TRS) are only available to people residing in Australia.

Skills assessment

We can assess your skills if you have:

  • learnt your trade skills ‘on-the-job’ and wish to have your skills recognised through a recognition of prior learning process
  • received training overseas and are currently residing in Australia (on any visa category), and wish to have your overseas qualifications and skills recognised in Australia.

The skills assessment is based on formal and structural recognition of prior learning.

After successfully completing a TRS skills assessment you will receive either an:

  • Outcome Letter and Australian qualification for non-licensed trades
  • Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR) for licensed trades.

Trade occupations & application forms

Engineering occupations

VU assesses the following engineering occupations:

  • Boilermaker [ANZSCO Code 322311]
  • Boilermaker/Welder [ANZSCO Code 322311]
  • Fitter (General) [ANZSCO Code 323211]
  • Fitter and Turner [ANZSCO Code 323212]
  • Metal Fabricator [ANZSCO Code 322311]
  • Metal Machinist (First Class) [ANZSCO Code 323214]
  • Sheetmetal Trades Worker [ANZSCO Code 322211]
  • Welder – First Class [ANZSCO Code 322313].

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Metal trades practical assessment locations

  • New South Wales (Sydney)
  • Northern Territory (Darwin)
  • Queensland (Brisbane and other regional areas)
  • South Australia (Adelaide and other Regional areas)
  • Western Australia: Thornlie (Perth) and other regional areas
  • Victoria: Sunshine (Melbourne)

Assessment in all regions above conducted by Victoria University (RTO 3113).

  • Tasmania: Devonport (and other regional areas)
    • Assessment conducted by VU Consortium partner TasTAFE (RTO 60142).

Licensed occupations

  • Electrician (General) [ANZSCO Code 341111]
  • Electrician (Special Class) [ANZSCO Code 341112]

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Electrician practical assessment locations


From 1 March 2019 payments for skills assessments through Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) programs must be made directly to TRA.

Read the Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) programs information regarding the new fees.

Skills recognition process

Once you have submitted your TRS skills recognition application form, there are four stages to the skills assessment.

  1. Application review
  2. Documentary evidence
  3. Technical interview / practical skills demonstration
  4. Assessment outcome.

Stage 1: Application review

Once you have submitted your visa skills assessment application, it will be reviewed by our Skills Assessment Team.

Stage 2: Documentary evidence

You should submit documentary evidence with your application, but we may ask you to provide further evidence.

We will give you a time frame to supply the evidence. If we receive your documentation after the notified time frame, your application file will be closed. You will then need to restart your skills assessment process.

Stage 3: Technical interview / Practical skills demonstration

Non-licensed trade assessments require a technical interview or a practical skills demonstration. We can conduct the Technical Interview in one of our interstate locations via online assessment, or you can attend one of our Practical Assessment locations for a practical skills demonstration.

Technical interview locations are available in various locations in each State and Territory of Australia.

Licensed trade (electrical) assessments require a practical skills demonstration. You can complete your licensed trade skills demonstration at one of our Practical Assessment locations.

The practical assessors are employed by VU or our partner institutions in other States within Australia.

Stage 4: Assessment outcome

Successful applicants will receive:

  • a TRS Outcome Letter
  • either a Certificate III – Australian Qualification for non-licensed trades, or an Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR) for licensed trades.

If you do not pass the Technical Interview or Practical Skills Demonstration you can complete a reassessment.


You will be assessed on theory work and practical demonstration of certain electrical tasks at the Practical Skills Demonstration. The electrical assessment guide explains what will be assessed.

If you are successful, you will be issued with an Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR) Letter. The OTSR allows applicants to apply to the relevant state/territory licensing regulator for a provisional license This permit allows you to work under the supervision of a relevant qualified tradesperson.

You will be required to make an application to the Jurisdictional Regulator. Visit the License Recognition website to locate your state/territory licensing authority.

You must still undertake Australian context training and supervised employment to be eligible for the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualification for your occupation. For information on the Australian context training, and RTOs who can deliver the training, please contact EE-OZ Training Standards.

Timelines for your application

The TRS skills assessment process takes approximately 13 weeks, provided we have received:

  • a complete application form
  • all relevant supporting documentation
  • payment.

Reassessment & feedback

If you are unhappy with the skills assessment process or were unsuccessful in your application, you can view the following Victoria University TRS policies:

Additional training at VU

If you need some extra training, other options available include:

These require an additional fee.

Find a course at VU.

Contact us

Please contact us if you would like additional information about the TRS skills recognition process.

Office hours: Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm AEST

Location: Sunshine Campus, Victoria University

Phone: +61 3 9919 7365

Email: [email protected]

Postal address:
Trades Recognition Services
Sunshine Campus, Victoria University
PO Box 14428
Melbourne VIC 8001