Feb 26, 2019

Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) has announced changes to the Trade Skills Assessment programs for TSS, OSAP and TRS. The following changes apply to all applications received from 1st March 2019.

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CHANGES TO TRADE SKILLS ASSESSMENTS


Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) has announced changes to the Trade Skills Assessment programs for TSS, OSAP and TRS.  The following changes apply to all applications received from 1st March 2019.

  1. Changes to the employment and training requirements for Pathway 1 assessments

The amount of verifiable employment evidence a Pathway 1 applicant must submit for their nominated occupation has been changed as follows:

  • Licensed trade with no formal training – six years work experience
  • Licensed trade with formal training – four years work experience
  • Non-licensed trade with no formal training – five years work experience
  • Non-licensed trade with formal training – three years work experience.

 

Additionally, all applicants must have completed at least 12 months of employment in their nominated occupation in the three years prior to lodging their application.

*TRA has defined ‘formal training’ as training that aligns with the national training standards in the applicant’s country of training.

NOTE: The requirements for Pathway 2 assessments are unchanged.


  1. Changes to assessment fees

Fees for Trade Skills Assessments are now set by Trades Recognition Australia.  Payment of these fees must be made directly to TRA.   Information regarding the new fees is available at: https://www.tradesrecognitionaustralia.gov.au/news-media/news/new-payment-arrangements-tss-program-osap-and-trs


  1. Changes to the evidence-submission and payment process

From the 1st March 2019, VETASSESS requires new applications to be accompanied by ALL required Stage 1 documentary evidence. After applying and uploading evidence, you will make payment directly to TRA.

NOTE: Agents and applicants will NOT be able to upload further evidence after making payment.

Please refer to the below diagram:

  1. Postal application forms no longer accepted

VETASSESS is no longer accepting postal applications.  All applications must be submitted online.