Trades Recognition Service (TRS) Closure

We will not be accepting any new applications for the Trades Recognition Service (TRS) from 2 November 2020 as Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) will be closing this service.

There are arrangements and alternative pathways available to current and potential TRS applicants.

If you already have a pending application with VETASSESS:

We will continue your assessment in line with the standard process and timelines. Please note that there might be some delays due to COVID-19 constraints.

If you haven't lodged your application yet:

We recommend that you apply under the Offshore Skills Assessment Program (OSAP) or the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) program. Please refer to our website at for further details.

Please note that Australian citizens/passport holders are not eligible for the skills assessment programs offered by Trades Recognition Australia.

If you are an Australian passport holder and your occupation is a non-licensed trade in Australia, you can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) with a registered training organisation (RTO) or TAFE, such as VETASSESS. Please contact for further information. If your occupation is a licensed trade (for example, Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic, Electrician or Plumber), you are advised to contact the relevant regulator in a state or territory of your residence for further advice and guidance.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we are now conducting Technical Interview assessments online for all non-licensed trade occupations or Pathway 2 licensed occupations.

These will be online until further notice, so the applicant does not have to travel to a VETASSESS-approved venue. While we are still taking applications, delays may be experienced due to the constraints within the current environment.

Please contact us on if you need further information.

Thank you for your understanding at this time.

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