Trade Recognition - other information

Licenced Trades

A number of trades in NSW require a license issued by a relevant licensing authority. The Vocational Training Review Panel (VTRP) does not issue licenses.

To obtain a license in some trades you may have to complete a relevant national qualification or course of studies. The trade certificate issued to you by the VTRP may help you to gain entry into the appropriate course of studies that may be required for licensing.

Trade or industry sectors requiring licensing trades include:

  • aircraft trades
  • automotive trades
  • building and construction trades
  • electrical trades
  • refrigeration/air conditioning trades
  • plumbing trades

You should contact the relevant licensing authority for further information regarding licensing matters as follows:

Aircraft Trades

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Licensing Section - Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Phone: 13 17 57

NSW Department of Fair Trade licenses all residential builders, tradespeople specialist and motor vehicle repairers and insurers in NSW.

Minimum Requirements in Specific Industry Sectors

The Review Panel has considered it to be relevant to mandate specific minimum requirements for trade vocations in the following industry sectors:

  • Building Construction
  • Food industry
  • Refrigeration and Air-conditioning

Building and Construction

Anyone seeking trade skills recognition in the Building and Construction industry must have a White Card (or general construction induction card). This card provides proof of completion of a White Card or (general construction induction training) as required by SafeWork NSW.

The trade vocations in the Building and Construction industry affected by this requirement include:

  • Bricklaying
  • Carpentry
  • Carpentry and Joinery
  • Civil Construction
  • Civil Construction - Design
  • Civil Construction - Management
  • Civil Construction - Operations
  • Civil Construction - Supervision
  • Construction Carpentry
  • Fire Protection
  • Joinery
  • Roof Plumbing
  • Painting & Decorating
  • Plastering (Solid)
  • Plumbing
  • Roof Tiling
  • Shopfitting
  • Signcraft
  • Stonemasonry
  • Wall & Ceiling Lining
  • Wall & Floor Tiling

Further information regarding registered training organisations approved to deliver White Card (or general construction induction card) training can be found on this SafeWork NSW website or by calling SafeWork NSW on 13 10 50.

Food Industry

The Review Panel requires persons seeking trade skills recognition in in trade vocations involved in the preparation or handling of food to provide evidence that they have completed appropriate training in safe food handling.

The trade vocations affected by this requirement include:

  • All Baking/Breadmaking trades
  • All Commercial Cookery trades
  • Patisserie
  • Retail Butcher

The Review Panel has determined as a minimum applicants seeking trade skills recognition in any of the above trade areas have evidence that they have a Food Safety Supervisor (FSS) Certificate issued by the NSW Food Authority, or have completed any of following units of competency with a registered training organisation:

  • SITXOHS002A Follow workplace hygiene procedures (Now superseded)


  • SITXFSA101 Use hygiene practices for food safety


  • SIRRFSA001A Apply retail food safety practices

Further information regarding registered training organisations involved in the delivery of food safety training can be obtained from the NSW Food Authority.

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

Anyone seeking recognition in the trade of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning must provide evidence of the successful completion of training in the safe handling of refrigerants in Australia. That means that you must have completed one of the following superseded or equivalent Australian training programs, training modules or units of competency:

CFC/HCFC Accreditation course required for State/Territory CFC/HCFC User Authorisation, prior to 1st July 2005

  • NR03 Refrigerants, national module
  • MEM18.86 Test, Evacuate and Charge Refrigerants.
  • UEENEE008A Recover, Pressure and Leak Test, Evacuate and Charge Refrigeration Systems
  • UEENEEJ108A Recover, pressure test, evacuate, charge and leak test refrigerants
  • UEENEEJ008A Recover pressure and leak test, evacuate and charge refrigerants

For registered training organisations involved in the delivery of the required training, go to Australian Refrigeration Council or contact the Australian Refrigeration Council on 1300 88 44 83 for further information.

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 for more information.


For advice and information contact the Vocational Training Review Panel of Training Services NSW on:


Phone: 1300 772 104 or Intl +612 8267 7770

Or your local Training Services NSW regional office on 13 28 11

Page last updated: 4 May 2017