Formal qualifications can open doors to employment and opportunities for advancement. In some occupations Trade Recognition and skills assessment is essential.
Perhaps you have extensive skills and experience but no formal qualifications. Or some that are not accepted in Australia. There are ways you can have your trade skills assessed and formally recognised.
Overseas qualifications and experience
If you move from overseas and now live in Australia, or intend to move to Australia in the near future, you might be able to get recognition for your skills or qualifications. And the following services are available to you:
- Trade Recognition of skilled migrants for migration purposes, managed by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection
- For information about qualifications recognition in Australia, see the Australian Government Department of Education and Training
Skills Recognition of prior learning for a full or part qualification
Is this you?
- I’ve worked in my father’s car repair business for years during school holidays and at weekends and learned a lot – will any of it count towards a qualification?
- I have worked in a nursing home in one capacity or another for years and want to apply for a promotion. So I want formal recognition of what I can do.
- I started a course a couple of years ago but only finished one year. Can that year count towards a similar qualification in the same industry?
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process that assesses whether the skills and knowledge you already have count towards a nationally recognised qualification or statement of attainment. You may be able to shorten the length of time for further studies. In some cases, you may get 100 per cent recognition of your qualification, meaning you would not have to study at all.
To have your skills recognised you need to get a formal assessment.
Trade Recognition (RPL) Process:
The occupations and industries we specialise in are listed below
- Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
- Metal Fabricator
- Motor Mechanic – Light Vehicle
- Sheetmetal Worker
- Diesel Mechanic – Heavy Commercial
- Diesel Mechanic – Mobile Plant
Who can apply?
Anyone with a trade background and at least five years industry experience may apply to have his or her skills recognised nationally. This may include time in training and/or employment either in Australia or overseas.
How to apply?
Fill out the Trade Recognition Enquiry form on this page, giving us your contact details and the trade in which you are interested in gaining recognition. We will contact you for a short discussion and send you the appropriate forms.