Once you have submitted your TRS skills recognition application form, there are four stages to the skills assessment.
- Application review
- Documentary evidence
- Technical interview / practical skills demonstration
- 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