Changes to VETASSESS for trade qualifications skills assessment

The Trades Recognition Australia has announced changes to trade assessment process on 1st of March 2019 which will affect all new applications.

These changes included the following:

Employment and training requirements for the assessments in the pathway 1 - It includes those who do not have Australian qualification or occupational license.

Applicant’s amount of verifiable evidence to be submitted for their nominated occupation has been changed.

  • 6 years’ work experience needed for the licensed trade without formal training
  • 4 years’ work experience needed for licensed trade with formal training
  • 5 years’ work experience needed for non-licensed trade without formal training
  • 3 years’ work experience needed for non-licensed trade with formal training

Formal training has defined by TRA as training that aligns with the national training standards in the applicant’s country of training.

In Addition, an applicant must show that they have completed at least 12 months of employment in their nominated occupation in the three years prior to lodging their application.

New arrangements for payments for TSS Program, OSAP and TRS

The fees are now set by Trades Recognition Australia for Trade Skills Assessments. All fees related in assessment are now payable directly to TRA through the TRA online portal.

Applicants are now required to first select TRA approved registered training organisation (RTO) to conduct skills assessment from RTO Finder before making payment. The chosen RTO will provide the applicant an RTO assessment payment identifier code that must be used to make payment through the TRA Online Portal for the services you require.

Below are the following services and fees which are required for the TSS Program, OSAP, and TRS.

Assessment step Fee Amount (GST Excl)
Documentary Evidence $1,280.00
Documentary Evidence - Review $700.00
Documentary Evidence - Reassessment $450.00
Technical Interview - Pathway 1 $2,000.00
Technical Interview - Pathway 1 - Review $700.00
Technical Interview - Pathway 1 - Reassessment $1,000.00
Technical Interview - Pathway 2 $900.00
Technical Interview - Pathway 2 - Review $700.00
Technical Interview - Pathway 2 Reassessment $450.00
Practical Assessment $2,200.00
Practical Assessment - Review $700.00
Practical Assessment - Reassessment $1,100.00