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Trades - TRA

Trades Recognition Australia

Trades Persons

Information for Trades persons regarding visas and immigration to Australia.


Trades Recognition Australia(TRA)

  • Is part of the Commonwealth Department of Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business
  • Operates nationally, with its central office in Canberra and offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane
  • Provides national recognition in metal and electrical trades for permanent residents in Australia and skill assessment in most trades for people applying to migrate to Australia.
People applying to migrate to Australia

TRA is the nominated assessing authority under regulations of the Migration Act 1958. TRA provides trades skill assessment service in trades nominated under the migration Skills Occupation List (SOL) to assist the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs in its migration program.

Prospective migrants must have their trade skills assessed prior to lodging an application to migrate to Australia.

Criteria (also see “recognition as a tradesperon” below)

An applicant will be considered against all trades classifications under the Tradesmen's Rights Regulation Act 1946 (TRRA trades), and against other trades classifications assessed by TRA under regulations to the Migration Act 1958 on behalf of the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (non-TRRA trades). 

Assessments in these trades are against specified criteria;

  • Acceptable formal training outside Australia. This entails a pass mark in a formal trade test conducted by a government-approved body of that country, and a Trade Certificate / Diploma must be supplied. This test must be preceded by a formal apprenticeship not shorter than three years (usually 4). The applicant must be able to evidence than an apprenticeship contract existed between him and an employer. A copy of the Apprenticeship Contract must be supplied
  • The applicant must have been working in the trade for a period of not less than three years AFTER completion of the apprenticeship. (A total of 6 years combined.)
  • If the Trades Person intends to act as Main Applicant for Skilled Migration, he/she must have been in paid employment in the trade (or closely related occupation) for at least 12 out of the last 18 months prior to applying for the visa.
  • He/she must have undertaken the full range of work normally performed by a tradesperson in Australia, and capability of performing that work in Australia. 
    • This is determined by the:
      • breadth/ depth of knowledge
      • range of skills
      • variability of operating environment
      • level of autonomy required to perform the set of tasks
Recognition as a tradesperson without a formal apprenticeship

Where a person never entered into an apprenticeship contract or completed a trade test, TRA will conider the applicant as a qualified tradesperson if:

  • The person has been working in the trade full time for at least nine years
    • can prove employment as such
    • have completed some sort of vocational training in the trade
    • All claims can be substantiated with extensive documentation)

 Skills pathways to trade recognition
Skill Pathway A B C D E
Notional Title Formal Apprenticeship Informal Apprenticeship Vocational Experience Occupational Experience Australian Qualification
Time Requirement 4 Years 5-6 Years 6 Years 7-9 Years 900 Hrs from 1 July 2005
Training Requirement 900 Hrs Formal Training 900 Hrs Formal Training 1800 Hrs Formal Training Identifiable Skill level Transition Minimum AQF III
Specific requirement Contract of Apprenticeship Recognised Traineeship

Generic Duties of a Tradesperson in Australia

The full range of the duties of a tradesperson in Australia are considered to include the following:

  • read common working instructions and technical drawings;
  • independently plan the method and order of progressing a job;
  • take measurements and readings using measuring instruments of appropriate accuracy;
  • mark out, lay out and set up work;
  • select appropriate techniques, materials, tools, machines and/or equipment;
  • check and/or test their work in relation to the relevant standards; and
  • carry out these tasks in a safe and timely manner.

In addition, an applicant's employment experience is considered against the specific duties of individual trades classifications.

Each application is assessed by a Skills Assessor who is a qualified tradesperson and a qualified workplace assessor under the Australian Recognition Framework (ARF).  Assessors have access to subject matter, including TRA Criteria Manuals, overseas mission reports and industry competency standards which have been specifically developed for the training and/or assessment of trained tradespeople.

On completion of an assessment the Skills Assessor will write to you providing information on the assessment.  Please read this carefully as it may hold information that requires immediate follow up action or referral information.

If you receive an adverse decision there will be information on the review process and/or action required. This information will also assist you in preparing a new application, should you wish to apply to TRA for an assessment in the future.



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