Changes to Trade Skills Assessments

Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) has announced changes to the Trade Skills Assessment programs for TSS, OSAP and TRS. The following changes apply to all applications received from 1st March 2019.

Changes to the employment and training requirements for Pathway 1 assessments

The amount of verifiable employment evidence a Pathway 1 applicant must submit for their nominated occupation has been changed as follows:

  • Licensed trade with no formal training – six years work experience
  • Licensed trade with formal training – four years work experience
  • Non-licensed trade with no formal training – five years work experience
  • Non-licensed trade with formal training – three years work experience.

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

Additionally, all applicants must have completed at least 12 months of employment in their nominated occupation in the three years prior to lodging their application.

NOTE: The requirements for Pathway 2 assessments are unchanged.

Changes to assessment fees

Fees for Trade Skills Assessments are now set by Trades Recognition Australia. Payment of these fees must be made directly to TRA. Information regarding the new fees is available at:

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