Trade Skills Recognition in NSW
If you have trade skills and experience but have never completed an apprenticeship or obtained formal qualifications in Australia, you can apply to the NSW Vocational Training Review Panel (VTRP) to have your trade skills assessed. You can do this whether you have gained your trade skills through formal training or on-the-job exprience either in Australia or overseas where you can satisfy all eligibiity criteria.
If your application is successful you will be formally recognised as a tradesperson and issued with a trade certificate.
On this page:
- Who can apply?
- What is the assessment process?
- What evidence do I need to provide?
- What trade do I apply for?
- Trades list
- How do I apply?
- What Trade Certificates are issued?
- Scheduled Vocational Training Review Panel Meetings - 2017
- Other information including licensing, industry specific requirements and recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Anyone who can demonstrate that they are adequately trained in a trade vocation can apply to the Vocational Training Review Panel (VTRP) to have their trade skills assessed. You can do this whether you have gained your trade skills in Australia or overseas.
To be eligible, you must be:
- Living in NSW or living in Australia intending to work in NSW;
- Able to provide evidence demonstrating your skills, training, practical experience and employment associated with a trade vocation; and
- Able to demonstrate that you are adequately trained to work in a trade vocation.
If your trade skills are recognised by the VTRP, you will be issued with a trade certificate. If you have gained trade level skills through on-the-job training you will be issued with a Craft Certificate. If you have also completed a trade qualification through a registered training organisation you will be issued with a Certificate of Proficiency.
The Vocational Training Review Panel (VTRP) considers applications for trade skills recognition in accordance with the provisions of the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act 2001. The VTRP consists of representatives from industry (both employer and employee), registered training oranigations and the Commissioner for Vocational Training. The VTRP will assess your application on the basis of your application and relevant supporting documentation. The process involves comparing your training and work experience with the requirements for the relevant trade in Australia.
The VTRP will consider:
- the time you have worked in the trade
- the type of instruction and training you have received
- the duration of the training you have received
- relevant qualifications you have in the trade
The VTRP relies on relevant documentary evidence to assess your application and the quality of evidence demonstrating your trade skills, practical experience and employment in the trade.
To have your trade skills assessed and recognised, you must provide relevant documentary evidence demonstating the nature and duration of your employment. Examples of relevant documents may include:
- work-related references from employers detailing the nature of trade work and the duration of employment, procedures applied and tools and equipment used which are consistent with your trade (references must be on employer's letterhead signed and dated)
- log books or job cards illustrating the nature of trade work you have performed
- records of formal training completed
- any other evidence that demonstrates that you are competent or trained to work in your trade that has been verified by a past employer or qualified supervisor
The Vocational Training Review Panel (VTRP) publishes information guides for trade vocations. These summarise typical work for most trades and the evidence demonstrating the nature and durationof your employment and training that you need to submit to support your application.
Identify the trade in which you are applying for, check its currency and correct name from the list of trades for recognition purposes before completing the application form. You need to know the competencies against which you will be assessed. Refer to Trades list below
View the list of trade information guides that provide the type of evidence demonstrating the nature and duration of your employment and training required to support your application.
If the trade you are interested in is not in this list, email Training Services NSW or phone 1300 772 104 or Intl +612 8267 7770.
Read Trade Recognition Skills in NSW [Pdf 422KB] guidelines and follow the step-by-step instructions.
- The guidelines provide essential information on:
- the application process
- acceptable documentary evidence to support your application
- licensing authorities
- translation services
- contacts for assistance and advice.
- Complete and submit an Application as per the instructions on the form.
To work in some trades in NSW, you must be licenced. The VTRP does not issue licences or qualifications. The VTRP issues either a Craft Certificate or a Certificate of Proficiency in the trade vocation concerned to applicants who have successfully applied for trade skills recognition. The following explains NSW tradesperson's certificates:
Certificate of Proficiency
This trade certificate is awarded to persons who have demonstrated they are adequately trained to work in the trade, through evidence of past employment and experience in the trade and successful completion of a relevant Australian qualification.
This trade certificate is granted to persons who have demonstrated they are adequately trained to work in the trade, through evidence of past employment and experience but have not completed a relevant Australian qualification.
Visit Trade Recognition - other information for further information on licenced trades.