Skills and trade recognition
Formal qualifications can open doors to employment and opportunities for advancement. In some occupations they are essential.
Perhaps you have extensive skills and experience but no formal qualifications or some that are not accepted in Australia. There are ways you can have your skills assessed and formally recognised.
On this page:
- Trade recognition
- Trade Licences
- Overseas qualifications and experience
- Skills Recognition of prior learning for a full or part qualification
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If you have trade skills and experience but have never completed an apprenticeship or gained a formal certificate, you can apply to have your skills assessed and be formally recognised as a tradesperson in NSW.
Trade licences are not issued by the Vocational Training Tribunal. For information about licencing for trades in:
Building and Construction
Plumbing, Gasfitting and Draining
Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning
you should contact:-
NSW Fair Trading
1 Fitzwilliam Street
Parramatta NSW 2150
Phone: 13 32 20
For the trades of:
Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (Avionics)
Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (Mechanical)
you should contact:-
Aircraft Maintenance Engineering
Civil Aviation Safety Authority
PO Box 2005
Canberra City ACT 2601
Phone: 13 17 57
Overseas qualifications and experience
If you move from overseas and now live in Australia, or intend to move to Australia in the near future, you might be able to get recognition for your skills or qualifications. The following services are available to you:
- Trade Recognition in NSW, managed by State Training Services
- Recognition of skilled migrants for migration purposes, managed by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship
- Help for technical and professional occupations from Australian Education International. You can also contact the appropriate professional association
- Teaching in NSW - contact the NSW Department of Education and Communities
- Other information on recognition, licensing, and for access to other Australian Government departments.
Skills Recognition of prior learning for a full or part qualification
Is this you?
- I worked in my father’s car repair business for years during school holidays and at weekends. I learned a lot - will any of it count towards a qualification?
- I have worked in a nursing home in one capacity or another for years. I want to apply for a promotion. So I want formal recognition of what I can do.
- I started a course a couple of years ago but only finished one year. Can that year count towards a similar qualification in the same industry?
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is a process that assesses whether the skills and knowledge you already have count towards a nationally recognised qualification or statement of attainment. You may be able to shorten the length of time for further studies. In some cases, you may get 100 per cent recognition of your qualification, meaning you would not have to study at all.
To have your skills recognised you need to get a formal assessment. You will need to contact a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) for that assessment. Go to www.training.gov.au for more information.
Skills Recognition website closure
The Skills Recognition website will be decommissioned as of July 31, 2013. The Skills Recognition and Group Recognition tools will no longer be accessible once the site is closed. General Skills Recognition information resources, the Making-Connections newsletter and archival copies will be moved to the State Training Services (STS) website.
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