Trades Recognition Australia

Skilled Worker Program
Assessment Criteria
March 2010

....................... 12....... 3.................................... 6............................................................................................ Skill Pathway B (Informal Apprenticeship)............ Skill Pathway A (4 years Formal Apprenticeship)......................................................................................................... Child Care Co-ordinator........................................ 9.............. 11.. 2 ..... Benchmark of an Australian tradesperson........... Preamble............................... Supervisor or Vocational Education Teacher (Trades).............. 4............................. Skill Pathway E (Australian Qualification Holders)........................ 10........................................... Assessment Practice.... 5.............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. Definitions for the Skilled Worker Program....................... 13.............................. 7... Skill Pathway Assessments.................................................................................................................................. Skill Pathway C (5 years Vocational Traineeship).................................................. Skill Pathway Overview...................................... 2.................................................... 8. Authority... 14..... Benchmark of an Australian Child Care Co-ordinator..........................................................Table of Contents 1..

2.4.work unsupervised across the full range of trade duties.2. a Head Chef or Child Care Co-ordinator).assembles pre fabricated parts and equipment.5.2.4. 2.au/tra) 1.3. 2.2. Associate Professional: An associate professional is an individual who is involved with design and test analysis of product(s) and/or undertakes a supervisory/management function (e. Applications must be ‘complete’ and ‘decision ready’.3. and on-the-job trade-level employment which results in evidence that they meet the benchmark of an Australian tradesperson . 2.2. . select and use tools and equipment to complete trade tasks. is able to: 2. where relevant.1. The following Skilled Worker Program Assessment Criteria provides detail on the procedures used by Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) in the consideration of applications for assessment of training and employment carried out for the purposes of applying for a residence visa.2.6.4.gov.deewr.3.undertakes technical tests and tabulates testing results. 2.2. Definitions for the Skilled Worker Program 2.2.3. 2.follow complex written and verbal directions.Trades Recognition Australia Skilled Worker Program Assessment Criteria March 2010 1. Preamble 1. The Skilled Worker Program Assessment Criteria applies to applicants applying for a skills assessment for a residence visa: 1.identify.2. or 1.au/tra). and 2.complete trade work in accordance with relevant industry standards.plan the method and order of progressing trade work.g. 2.2. 1. 3 . 2.3. The assessment criteria do not apply to those applications seeking accreditation of training and employment experience toward the award of an ARTC.1. (See clause 5). 1.3.gov. or 1.2.1.deewr.under the General Skilled Migration program from within Australia but who do not hold an Australian qualification based on studies undertaken in Australia.3.Tradesperson: A tradesperson is an individual who has formal training or skills recognition which is comparable with the appropriate AQF Certificate III level trade qualification. 1. and 2. These criteria must be read in conjunction with the Skilled Worker Program Application Guidelines (See www.4. a tradesperson is deemed to be a person who can demonstrate trade-level skills in their designated trade and. 2.1.works in support of and/or under the instruction of an engineer(s).uses test equipment.2. Accordingly.5.3.1.2.work safely in accordance with workplace health and safety regulations.under employer sponsored arrangements. Technician: A technician is an individual who has completed formal structured technical training equivalent to an AQF Certificate IV level or higher and whose range of duties consist primarily of the following: 2.under the General Skilled Migration program from outside Australia.3. 2.2.2. (See Glossary of Terms at www.

26B(2) of the Regulations provides the authority for TRA to determine. If the applicant is unsuccessful in the nominated occupation. or its agent.1. 2. at its sole discretion. 5.1.3.26B(2). 2. the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship has designated TRA as a relevant assessing authority for skilled occupations as listed on the Skilled Occupations List (SOL). the standards against which the skills of a person are assessed as being suitable for their nominated occupation. assessment or inspection.1. Authority 3. TRA will determine that the applicant does not have suitable skills for the nominated trade occupation. 3.2. but not necessarily be limited to. Assessment Practice 4. 3. 4. TRA forms an opinion that an applicant’s skills are not suitable for the nominated occupation. video.National Office for Overseas Skills Recognition. In accordance with Regulation 136. In accordance with Regulation 2.2. TRA is required to determine whether the skills of a person are suitable for a nominated skilled occupation (as listed on the SOL) in Australia for which they are responsible. TRA may assess the applicant against other occupations which TRA considers may be relevant to the applicant.26B(1) of the Migration Regulations 1994 (the Regulations).4. Trade status is then confirmed by way of appropriate title. then notwithstanding the other terms of the Skilled Worker Program Assessment Criteria. An Australian tradesperson is generally recognised as such on completion of a formal apprenticeship.7. authorise assessments of trade skills. 4.6.2. TRA assesses applicants against the occupation nominated in their application form. Associate professionals would normally have completed an Advanced Diploma or Diploma qualification or otherwise meet the equivalent international standard in the relevant technical field (see clause 2. has the discretion to interview applicants and employers. For the purposes of assessing applications. 4 . The majority of associate professionals may be considered under all skill pathways (see clause 14 for further information on Child Care Co-ordinators). TRA has determined that the Skilled Worker Program Assessment Criteria are to be used for the purposes of Regulation 2. 4. as a result of such an interview. If. Regulation 2. Benchmark of an Australian tradesperson 5. and inspect work sites. 3. criteria or determinations to the extent of any inconsistency.3.5. TRA.7). seek video evidence of skills. publications including ‘The training of skilled workers (Central Trades Committee Tripartite Mission reports) or Country Education Profiles published by Australian Education International .222 of Schedule 2 of the Regulations. These criteria displace all previous instruments. 3. References: In determining an ‘equivalent international standard’ TRA may refer to.

have met the benchmark of an Australian tradesperson.2. Australian state and territory licensing requirements generally state that a Diploma level qualification with significant content relating to early childhood development is the minimum requirement for this occupation (see clause 14). To determine whether an applicant meets the benchmark of an Australian tradesperson (as applicable). 7. Benchmark of an Australian Child Care Co-ordinator 6. Skill Pathways provide TRA staff with the complete assessment framework which can be applied to all source countries and all relevant occupations listed in the Australian & New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) where relevant. Assessors determine whether the applicant is also eligible for recognition as a supervisor and/or as a Vocational Education Teacher (Trades). 7. Evidence must be capable of independent verification by TRA. successful applicants may be subject to additional requirements before they are eligible to practice in their nominated skilled occupation. nor does it allow the holder to gain employment on arrival in Australia. as applicable) are deemed to have had their claims ‘accepted’ and are provided with a designated ANZSCO occupation and relevant code for migration purposes only. Where requested by the applicant. TRA applies a ‘Skill Pathways’ approach.e.2.1.4. TRA Assessors (herein after referred to as Assessors) are required. An overview of this approach is set out in clause 8. Where applicable. Successful applicants who have demonstrated that their skills are suitable for their nominated skilled occupation (i. 7. from the evidence provided by the applicant.6. TRA applies the benchmark of trade training and employment equivalent to that of an Australian apprenticeship-trained tradesperson in determining whether an applicant’s skills in their nominated trade are suitable for that trade. 7. the applicant will receive a letter from TRA which identifies them as having successfully undertaken a TRA skills assessment for the purposes of migration to Australia.5. assessment and licensing or registration requirements some of which are unique to different States and Territories.Trades Recognition Australia Skilled Worker Program Assessment Criteria March 2010 remuneration and conditions conferred under the relevant industrial award. 7. Applicants must provide sufficient evidence to support each claim made in their application. Skill Pathway Assessments 7. 5 . 7. On arrival in Australia.3. 6. These may include testing.1. to determine whether an applicant satisfies the requirements of at least one skill pathway in relation to a nominated skilled occupation and whether the applicant should be recognised as satisfying that skill pathway.7.8. 7. 7. This letter is not a qualification. 5. Where TRA has assessed the applicant as having suitable skills for their nominated occupation.

8. Table 1. are displayed in Table 1. for the purpose of applying for a residence visa to Australia.5) Supervisor or Vocational Education Teacher (Trades) Requirements in addition to those listed in the above Skill Pathways Secondary Outcome Employment Currency A minimum of 3 years experience as a Supervisor or Vocational Education Teacher (Trades) is required after first satisfying the Skill Pathway requirements at the base trade level. Skilled Worker Program Skill Pathways Skill Pathway Notional Title A Formal Apprenticeship 900 Hrs formal training (inclusive of employment) Regulated national apprenticeship 4 years (inclusive of training) B Informal Apprenticeship 900 Hrs formal training (inclusive of employment) 5 years (inclusive of training) C Vocational Traineeship 1800 Hrs formal training (inclusive of employment) Recognised traineeship 5 years (inclusive of training) E Australian Qualification Australia Qualifications Framework (AQF) Trade Qualification 4 years (exclusive of training) Training requirement Specific requirements related to training Minimum employment requirement Employment Currency Primary Outcome All pathways require evidence of at least 12 months full-time paid employment in the nominated trade in the last 24 months before the date of lodgement of application Trade Occupation Recognised (See clause 7.1. The requirements that applicants must meet for each ‘Skill Pathway’. Supervisor / Vocational Education Teacher (Trades) To be considered at the Supervisory or Vocational Education Teacher (Trades) you must provide verifiable evidence of at least 12 months full-time paid employment in the nominated trade at the Supervisory or Vocational Education Teacher (Trades) in the last 24 months before the date of application 6 . Skill Pathway Overview 8.

4.2.4.5.g.4. 9.4.results in the award of certification verifying completion of such training.2. 9.3.training which is determined not to be to an equivalent international standard (see clause 2.Trades Recognition Australia Skilled Worker Program Assessment Criteria March 2010 9.1.2. Restrictions: A formal apprenticeship has not been completed where the applicant cites circumstances which include but are not limited to: 9.4.3.3.g. the employment must meet the following conditions: 9.successful completion of the apprenticeship resulted in the person being recognised by an acceptable employer as a fully qualified tradesperson.an apprenticeship in a country or countries where no formal apprenticeship system exits. military or recognised industrial party).an apprenticeship in a country or countries where there is no authorised governing body whose standards can be independently verified by TRA. 9. 9.3.1.5. Employment: The apprenticeship cited must comprise of a period of acceptable formal training. be eligible for recognition by the relevant union or industry association as a skilled tradesperson.1.3. 9.5.3.where applicable. 9. 9. vocational training which: 9. Skill Pathway A (4 years Formal Apprenticeship) 9. In addition. 7 . the apprentice had reached the standard required to be recognised as a tradesperson by the military service and/or upon discharge. 9.is directly related to the occupation. military or recognised industrial party).4.has been accredited by an authorised governing body whose standards can be independently verified by TRA (e.7).1.consists of not less than 900 hours of structured tuition (including tuition by the military).5. directly related on-the-job training and continuing directly related and relevant employment of not less than four years duration. or 9.4. and 9. 9. Formal training: The training cited must be formal. Recognition: The apprenticeship cited must be one that is regulated (and endorsed as having been completed) by an authorised governing body whose standards can be independently verified by TRA (e. and 9.1.3. government.3. 9.has been conducted in concurrence with employment.the apprentice completed on-the-job training under the direct supervision of a qualified tradesperson in the occupation or trade.4.5.2.Evidence of 12 months paid full-time employment in the nominated trade within the 24 months prior to lodging an application must also be provided. 9. government.the apprenticeship was formalised by a contract entered into between the employer and the apprentice and registered with the authorised governing body.2.

10.2.4.3.3.7). 10.Restrictions: An informal apprenticeship has not been completed where the applicant cites circumstances which include.an apprenticeship or employment arrangements which are determined not to be equivalent or are incomplete.2. Skill Pathway B (Informal Apprenticeship) 10.4. but are not limited to: 10.2.the apprentice completed on-the-job training under the direct supervision of a qualified tradesperson in the occupation or trade. directly related on-the-job training.successful completion of the informal apprenticeship has resulted in the person being recognised by an acceptable employer as a fully qualified tradesperson.Formal training: The training cited must be formal. government.3.3.In addition. 10.1. and continuing directly related and relevant employment of not less than five years duration. and 10.1.is directly related to the occupation.results in certification verifying completion of such training.4. 10. or 10. vocational training which: 10.10.g.2.training which is determined not to be equivalent (see clause 2.2.1. the employment must meet the following conditions: 10. 10.Evidence of 12 months paid full-time employment in the nominated trade within the 24 months prior to lodging an application must also be provided.1.1.has been accredited by an authorised governing body whose standards can be independently verified by TRA (e.3. 8 .4.has been conducted within 2 years of the apprenticeship.3. 10. military or recognised industrial party).3.Employment: The apprenticeship cited must comprise of a period of acceptable formal training.5. and 10.2. 10.1.consists of not less than 900 hours of structured tuition.

11. but are not limited to: 11. 11.4.2.4.3.Employment: The traineeship cited must comprise of a period of acceptable formal training.3. or 11.3.3. vocational training which: 11.successful completion of the traineeship resulted in the applicant being recognised by an acceptable employer as a fully qualified tradesperson.has been accredited by an authorised governing body whose standards can be independently verified by TRA (e. 11. 11.In addition.3.1.2. military or recognised industrial party). and 11.3. 11.4.1. 11.7).3.1.Restrictions: A vocational traineeship has not been completed where the applicant cites circumstances which include.4.training which is determined not to be equivalent (2.5.traineeship or employment arrangements which are determined not to be equivalent or are incomplete.1.1. 9 .2. the employment must meet the following conditions: 11. Skill Pathway C (5 years Vocational Traineeship) 11. government.1.2.g.the applicant completed on-the-job training under the direct supervision of a qualified tradesperson in the occupation or trade.2.Evidence of 12 months paid full-time employment in the nominated trade within the 24 months prior to lodging an application must also be provided. directly related on-the-job training and continuing directly related and relevant employment of not less than five years duration. 11. and 11.is directly related to the occupation.2.has been conducted within 2 years of the traineeship.Formal Training: The training cited must be formal.results in certification verifying completion of such training.consists of not less than 1800 hours of structured tuition.Trades Recognition Australia Skilled Worker Program Assessment Criteria March 2010 11.

such evidence should include transcripts provided by alternative RTOs or evidence of acceptable employment in the nominated trade occupation.4. 12.4. 12.1. 10 .3.2) which include competencies recognised by CT/RPL.Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): RPL assessments must be conducted: 12.4.results in the award of an appropriate AQF qualification from the relevant training package. For example.2.2. must include evidence of how the competencies recognised by CT/RPL were achieved.1.1.12.4). 12.Employment: Applicants citing an AQF qualification in a trade occupation awarded on either the basis of Formal Training (see clause 12. 12.4. Skill Pathway E (Australian Qualification Holders) 12.1. and 12.2) or Recognition of Prior Learning (see clause 12. 12.2.4.3. 12.2.across all compulsory core competencies as defined by the relevant training package for the occupation nominated by an applicant. and 12.in the presence of an appropriately trained and qualified Australian tradesperson.2.Credit Transfer (CT)/Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): Applications citing AQF qualifications awarded on the basis of acceptable formal training (see clause 12.4. must provide evidence of not less than 4 years paid fulltime employment in a relevant and directly related trade.5.4.by an Australian Registered Training Organisation (RTO) which is authorised to deliver the training for the nominated occupation.consistent with the requirements of the relevant training package. 12.Evidence of 12 months paid full-time employment in the nominated trade within the 24 months prior to lodging an application must also be provided. for a relevant skilled occupation listed on the SOL. is delivered by an Australian Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that is authorised to deliver the training for the nominated occupation.by a qualified workplace assessor (who holds the appropriate assessor qualification).Formal Training: Acceptable formal training must be bona fide formal vocational training which: 12.1.

This training must have been completed within two years of commencing in a supervisory role. and 13. are eligible for consideration as a Vocational Education Teacher (Trades) upon completion of the following additional requirements: 13.Supervisor: Applicants must first be recognised under a Skill Pathway (see clauses 9 -12) and also possess at least three years post-recognition supervisory experience involving qualified tradespersons.2.1 is completed.An applicant under consideration for recognition as a vocational education teacher will also be entitled to claim a maximum 1000 hours credit resulting from the completion of vocational education related training and assessment.adult student supervision.adult education processes particular to vocational disciplines.A vocational education teacher is expected to demonstrate an understanding of: 13. 13.An applicant under consideration for recognition as a supervisor will also be entitled to claim a maximum 1000 hours credit resulting from the completion of supervisoryrelated training. 13.5. a supervisor would be expected to demonstrate that they have had direct supervision of at least four subordinates in allied occupations.7.5.6.3.Applicants who achieve recognition through Skill Pathway E. 13.7. 14. occupational health and safety policies and procedures and relevant quality standards.relevant quality standards.1. and gained after the accredited course referred to in clause 14.2. 13.1.A supervisor is expected to demonstrate a working understanding of staff management.Trades Recognition Australia Skilled Worker Program Assessment Criteria March 2010 13.7.4. and 13.Evidence of 12 months paid full-time employment in the nominated trade within the 24 months prior to lodging an application must also be provided. Supervisor or Vocational Education Teacher (Trades) 13.1. 11 .4.5. 13.1.2. This training must have been completed within two years of commencing an educative role. 13.3.5. 13.AQF Certificate IV in assessment and workplace training.5. 13.1.1. 13.5).minimum three years experience in a vocational trades teaching capacity (see clause 13.Employment: Applicants must have three years supervisory employment that reflects the responsibilities. Child Care Co-ordinator 14. 14. 13.Vocational Education Teacher (Trades): Applicants must first be recognised under a Skill Pathway and also must demonstrate at least three years post-recognition employment as a Vocational Education Teacher (Trades).5.occupational health and safety policies and procedures.Applicants must have completed a two year accredited post-secondary course in child care (diploma or advanced diploma) or three year accredited tertiary course in early childhood care or education. This must be obtained in an environment of substantial size and reputation and subject to a regulatory framework.management of student records.2. In addition. duties and tasks of a Child Care Co-ordinator.5.

12 .3.Applicants must have demonstrated proficiency in English language literacy and numeracy with an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least six in all four components.Evidence of 12 months paid full-time employment in the nominated trade within the 24 months prior to lodging an application must also be provided 14.2.1.14.

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