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Trade Recognition Services

Trades Recognition Services (TRS) is a skills assessment service for Australian residents seeking skills recognition for employment purposes and/or to access occupational licensing. TAFE Queensland SkillsTech has been approved by TRA to deliver the TRS program for the below industries and qualifications.

For further information on other programs provided by TRA please refer to the Trade Recognition Australia website.

Industries & qualifications

Automotive

AUR30616 Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology
ANZSCO Identifier: 321213
Occupation Type: Motor Mechanic
Qualification/Course Level: Certificate III

Electrical (licence outcome)

UEE32211 Air-conditioning and Refrigeration
ANZSCO Identifier: 342111
Occupation Type: Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic
Qualification/Course Level: Certificate III
Mandatory licensing and registration requirements apply to refrigerant occupations. Applicants may be eligible to apply for a trainee licence which is required for the licensing arrangements in Queensland. If you are successful in obtaining a UEE32211 Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration, you will be eligible to apply for a Refrigerant Handling Licence.

Engineering

MEM30205 Engineering - Mechanical Trade
ANZSCO Identifier: 323211
Occupation Type: Diesel Fitter or Fitter
Qualification/Course Level: Certificate III

MEM30205 Engineering - Mechanical Trade
ANZSCO Identifier: 323212
Occupation Type: Fitter and Turner
Qualification/Course Level: Certificate III

MEM30305 Engineering - Fabrication Trade
ANZSCO Identifier: 322311
Occupation Type: Boilermaker, Welder or Metal Fabricator
Qualification/Course Level: Certificate III

MEM30305 Engineering - Fabrication Trade
ANZSCO Identifier: 322211
Occupation Type: Sheetmetal Worker
Qualification/Course Level: Certificate III

Our services

TAFE Queensland SkillsTech specialise in trade skills assessment and have established a formal and structured process to suit this program. Our services include:

  • Providing a pathway to occupational licensing
  • Flexible and responsive gap training delivery options on and off-site
  • Access to expert trainers and state of the art training facilities
  • Professional Recognition Services Officers to support applicants throughout the process
  • Client Service Centre who are available to contact through web chat, email or phone
  • Student Support Services that offers counselling, disability support and learning support
  • Library network to support learning and teaching needs

Contact details

Email: skillstech.recognition@tafe.qld.edu.au

TAFE Queensland SkillsTech: 1800 654 447

International: +61 7 3244 5100

Program eligibility

To be eligible for this program the applicant must:

How to Apply

All applicants must meet the eligibility requirements and complete a Trade Self Evaluation Tool (TradeSET) on the TRADEset website - before applying through TAFE Queensland SkillsTech. Applicants must submit their application within seven (7) business days of completing their TradeSET.

To apply for this program, please download the application form below:

The skills assessment process will take no longer than thirteen (13) weeks, on the condition that TAFE Queensland SkillsTech has received all the required documents and payments.

Fees

There is a flat fee cost for each qualification/occupation:

Service

Financial Year

2014-2015

Financial Year

2015-2016

Financial Year

Fee 2016-2017

Documentary Evidence Review $500.00 $525.00 $555.00
Technical Interview $1,000.00 $1,050.00 $1,100.00
Practical Assessment $1,000.00 $1,050.00 $1,100.00
Reassessment (applicant appeal) $150.00 per competency $157.50 per competency $165.50 per competency
Reassessment (gap training completion) $150.00 per competency $157.50 per competency $165.50 per competency

**GAP TRAINING IS AN ADDITIONAL COST**

Fees are payable upfront, although there is a direct debit payment option available. By selecting this option, the applicant is aware and agrees that TAFE Queensland SkillsTech has the right to cancel the individual's payment plan at any time and all outstanding balances must be paid within five (5) business days of Step 3 of the process.

The Process

Step 1: Submit Application
The applicant must submit a completed TradeSET, Trade Recognition Services Application Form and documentary evidence to our Recognition Services Team. The documentary evidence must contain evidence such as:

  • New Student Personal Details Form
  • Two passport-sized photographs
  • Certified copy of the biographical identification page of your current passport
  • USI Number
  • Current Resume/Work History
  • Certified copies of any formal training
  • Certified copies of licences/permits
  • Employer statements

Once all required documentation has been submitted, one of our Recognition Services Officers will contact the applicant within five (5) business days to acknowledge receipt of application and process payment for the Documentary Evidence Review fee.

Please note: Documentary Evidence Review fee is non-refundable once the application has been acknowledged.

Step 2: Documentary Evidence Assessment
The assessor conducts a documentary evidence assessment using the evidence supplied by the applicant in the application, TradeSET and supporting documents.

This step is to develop a competency profile of the applicant's skills and knowledge within the desired qualification and prepares the applicant for the following assessments; Technical Interview and Practical Skills Assessment. Please be aware, the applicant may be required to provide further evidence within a certain timeframe set by the assessor.

Step 3: Technical Interview and Practical Skills Assessment
The applicant will be required to participate in a technical interview to determine if the skills and knowledge they hold meets the qualification requirements. This component of the program involves additional fees that will need to be paid prior to the Technical Interview commencing.

The assessor will provide feedback on the Technical Interview and confirm if a Practical Skills Assessment is required. Please be aware that all Technical Interview will be conducted in English with no external assistance.

A Practical Assessment will be required if the assessor is not able to reach a decision based on the evidenced collated in Step 2 and the Technical Interview stages. The applicant will be required to perform a practical assessment to demonstrate skills on their selected trade qualification.

All qualifications linked to a trade licence outcome will require a Practical Assessment. This additional component of the program also involves fees that will need to be paid prior to the Practical Assessment commencing.

Please note: Refunds for assessments will only be issued prior to commencement date of the assessment. Once an assessment has commenced the fee will be non-refundable.

Step 4: Assessment Outcome
TAFE Queensland SkillsTech will issue the assessment outcome to the applicant within five (5) business days of receiving the results. Depending on the assessment outcome the below documents will be issued:

Successful Outcome:
If the applicant is successful in a non-licensed trade, they will receive a standard successful letter and a qualification issued in accordance with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

If the applicant is successful in a licensed trade, they will receive a standard successful letter and an Offshore Technical Skills Record. The applicant submits the Offshore Technical Skills Record and overseas qualification to the Electrical Safety Office, who then issues the applicant with an electrical work training permit. The applicant completes gap training and practical exposure with TAFE Queensland SkillsTech and is issued a qualification in accordance with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). Once the applicant has undertaken all necessary steps to achieve the qualification, they can apply for an electrical licence/permit which allows them to work under the supervision of a relevant qualified tradesperson.

Unsuccessful Outcome:
If the applicant is unsuccessful, they will receive a letter explaining the reasons for the unsuccessful outcome as well as a list of the identified competencies they require in order achieve the qualification. For the units within the qualification they have been granted competent, they will be issued a statement of attainment.

Reassessment Policy

The program offers the below options for an unsuccessful assessment outcome:

Reassessment Appeal

This option is for an applicant who is unsuccessful and wishes to lodge an appeal of the assessment decision. Applicants are required to lodge a written appeal within seven (7) business days of being notified of assessment outcome.

All assessment documents (application, evidence supplied, record of the assessor's judgment) will be reviewed within fourteen (14) business days of lodgement of the appeal.

Outcome of the appeal process will be provided to the applicant within five (5) business days of completions of the review.

This component of the program involves fees that will need to be paid when lodgement of the appeal has been acknowledged by TAFE Queensland SkillsTech prior to commencing the review.

Skills Gap Training Appeal

This option is for an applicant who is unsuccessful due to skills gaps identified during the assessment process. If the applicant feels they have gained the knowledge and skills identified in the skills gap, they are able to lodge a Skills Gap Training Appeal within twelve (12) months of their initial assessment outcome.

The Skills Gap reassessment will be conducted within eleven (11) weeks from the time of appeal lodgement. Outcome of the appeal process will be provided to the applicant within five (5) business days of completions of the reassessment.

This component of the program involves fees that will need to be paid when lodgement of the appeal has been acknowledged by TAFE Queensland SkillsTech prior to commencing the review.