Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) is a skills assessment service provider specialising in assessments for people with trade skills gained overseas for the purpose of migration and skills recognition.
List of occupations assessed by Trades Recognition Australia
A list of the occupations that TRA assesses can be found on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
TRA provides a range of skills assessment options. The information below will help you work out the right skills assessment for your circumstances:
International students seeking temporary or permanent migration
- Have you recently graduated from a Registered Training Organisation in Australia with a qualification in a trade occupation?
- Are you seeking a skills assessment for a 485 visa application or for permanent migration purposes?
- Learn more about demonstrating your job readiness to gain a skills assessment under the Job Ready Program.
Temporary skilled migration
- Are you applying for a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457)?
- Has the Department of Immigration and Citizenship determined you require a skills assessment for temporary migration purposes?
- Learn more about applying to have your skills assessed under the 457 Skills Assessment Program.
Optional Skills Assessment Service (not for migration purposes)
- Are you applying for a skills assessment pathway for the purpose of gaining an electrical, plumbing or airconditioning and refrigeration occupational licence in Australia?
- Learn more about applying to have your skills assessed under the Optional Skills Assessment Service.
Permanent skilled migration
Are you looking to migrate permanently to Australia and have trade skills? Identify one of the three programs below that is right for you and find out more information.
- Does the Department of Immigration and Citizenship require you to have Migration Points Advice?
- Do you have a successful skills assessment issued by TRA or a TRA-approved RTO?
- Learn more about how to get Migration Points Advice.
Australian Recognised Trade Certificate (not for migration purposes)
- This program is NOT for migration purposes.
- Are you an Australian resident with qualifications or experience in an electrical or metal trade gained outside an Australian apprenticeship?
- Learn more about getting your skills recognised in Australia through the Australian Recognised Trade Certificate program.
Scheduled maintenance for the TRA payment system Tuesday 4 March
The TRA payment system is scheduled to undergo maintenance on Tuesday 4 March between 00:00am – 06:00am AEDT. During this time we expect an interruption of service which may mean that some payments cannot be processed. Applicants are encouraged to process any payments outside these hours. TRA apologises for any inconvenience.
TRA Enquiry line closed Monday 27 January and Monday 10 March 2014
21 January 2014
The Trades Recognition Australia Enquiry Line will be unavailable on Monday 27 January and Monday 10 March 2014 due to Public Holidays. Normal service will resume the following Tuesdays.
All enquiries can be emailed to email@example.com.
Changes to the Job Ready Program - Removal of Professional Development training
As of 1 January 2014, participants will no longer be required to complete Professional Development training in Australian Workplace Language and Culture as part of the Job Ready Program.
Those participants that have already enrolled with a TRA approved RTO can elect to finish the training, but it is no longer an eligibility requirement to proceed to the Workplace Assessment step.
If you choose not to finish the training you must contact the RTO and your TRA Liaison Officer (TRA LO) to advise you have withdrawn from the course. The enrolment fee may not be refunded if you do not finish the training and you will need to discuss this with the RTO as TRA has no involvement with payments made directly to RTOs.
As a result of the removal of the Professional Development training from the program, the cost to participants to complete the JRP has reduced from up to $4150, down to $2950.
If you have any further questions please contact your TRA LO at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trades Recognition Australia Christmas Shutdown
11 December 2013
Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) will shut down for the Christmas and New Year period. TRA offices will be closed from midday Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) Tuesday 24 December 2013 and will re-open at 9am (AEDT) Thursday 2 January 2014.
The TRA Enquiry line will be unavailable from 4pm (AEDT) Monday 23 December 2013 with services resuming at 9am Monday 6 January 2014.
During this shutdown period, enquiries can be emailed to email@example.com. Enquiries will be responded to as soon as possible from 2 January 2014.
TRA wishes you a Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous 2014.
TRA Enquiry Line unavailable 1pm – 4pm Friday 13 December
10 December 2013
The Trades Recognition Australia Enquiry Line will be unavailable from 1pm – 4pm Friday 13 December. Normal service will resume Monday 16 December.
All enquiries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Changes to the TRA Migration Skills Assessment and Migration Points Advice Applicant Guidelines
5 December 2013
Important updates have been made to the TRA Migration Skills Assessment (MSA) and Migration Points Advice (MPA) Applicant Guidelines.
The updates include changes to reflect the title and structure of various Government Departments and to clarify the use of statutory declarations.
In addition, the guidelines reflect that TRA is changing its currency requirement for employment to take into account current global economic conditions. Applicants who apply from 15 December 2013 will be required to show that they worked in their occupation for at least 12 months within the last 3 years rather than 12 months within the last 2 years. Applicants should refer to section 2.4 of the TRA MSA Applicant Guidelines for more information.
Changes to the Job Ready Program Participant Guidelines
Important updates have been made to the Job Ready Program Participant Guidelines to reflect the recent changes to the title and structure of various Government Departments. Further updates provide clarification around the dual purpose of the Provisional Skills Assessment (PSA), which can be used for the following:
- In conjunction with a suitable visa to satisfy the eligibility requirements for entry into the remaining three steps of the Job Ready Program, beginning with registration into step 2 - Job Ready Employment (JRE).
- To satisfy the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) skills assessment requirements for a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485), where the assessed occupation appears on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL).
Changes to the Australian Recognised Trade Certificate (ARTC) Program trades list
21 October 2013
The list of trades the Australian Recognised Trade Certificate (ARTC) program offers recognition in has been reduced from 49 to 14, effective 21 October 2013. Applications are now only available in the trades below.
- Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)
- Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)
- Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures)
- Diesel Fitter
- Electrical Fitter
- Electrical Fitter (Instruments)
- Electrical Mechanic
- Motor Mechanic*
- Refrigeration Mechanic (Electrical)
- Refrigeration Mechanic (Engineering)
- Welder (First Class)
*Includes heavy vehicle and light vehicle motor mechanic
The purpose of this change is to remove trades which have largely become outdated and under-utilised.
Applications postmarked 21 October 2013 or later in ARTC trades that are no longer recognised will be returned unprocessed.
Applicants for trades that are no longer recognised through the ARTC may wish to approach a registered training organisation (RTO) to obtain formal recognition of their skills.