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How to Obtain a Skills Assessment from Trades Recognition Australia for Welders with 3-5 Years Work Experience?

Are you from one of the following passport countries? Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Iran, Ireland, Macau SAR, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vietnam, or Zimbabwe. Additionally, have you worked as a Welder for a minimum of 3 to 5 years full-time in any country? The Occupation code is: 322313 Welder.


Did you know you can obtain a Skills assessment from Trades Recognition of Australia if you have 3-5 years of full-time work experience as a Welder? This skills assessment can be utilized towards an Employer-Sponsored Visa such as the:

  • 482 Temporary Skills shortage Visa

  • 494 Regional Employer-sponsored Visa (Provisional)

  • 186 Employer Nomination scheme Permanent visa.

For all these visas, you will need an Employer in Australia who is willing to sponsor you.


Apart from these visas, you can also lodge your expression of interest for the General Skilled Migration Points tested visas, such as 189 Skilled Independent Visa, 190 State Nominated Permanent Visa, and 491 Regional State Nominated Visa. You will need a minimum of 65 points to be able to lodge the expression of interest. Additionally, you will need to be under 45 years old, possess a positive skills assessment in your nominated occupation, and achieve a Competent English score, which is 6 each in IELTS or an equivalent test.


Let's break down the requirements for a Positive Skills assessment as a Welder:


There are 2 pathways available for Offshore Skills assessment:


Pathway 1 (P1): For applicants who do not have an Australian VET qualification in the relevant occupation.


Pathway 2 (P2): For applicants with an Australian VET qualification in the relevant occupation.


  • Non-licensed trade with no formal training will require five years of full-time work experience as a Welder.

  • Non-licensed trade with formal training will require three years of full-time work experience as a Welder.

This must include 12 months of full-time, paid employment as a Welder in the three years before lodging the application.


There are 3 stages for both Pathways:


Stage 1 - Preassessment (No cost):

Applicants are required to provide evidence of identity (passport), formal qualifications (if applicable), and employment history (Resume/CV), to ensure their eligibility and currency for the Skills Assessment.


Stage 2: Documentary Evidence - Trades Recognition of Australia will charge you $1120:

Applicants submit documentary evidence to support their employment history such as pay and bank statements or Statements of Service, photos and/or videos, and other supportive evidence of their skills and experience.


Stage 3 Technical Interview:

Cost for this stage for Pathway 1 is $2000 and for Pathway 2 is $900. In this stage:


  • Applicants attend an online Zoom meeting.

  • The assessor will ask questions relating to units of competency from the relevant assessed trade and Australian qualification if Pathway 1.

  • Trade-related questions including industry standards as well as confirming employment history and experience if Pathway 2.

  • Typically, an application will be completed within 15 weeks from the date of submitting the required ‘decision-ready’ documentary evidence.


If you are an experienced Welder considering migrating to Australia, you may book a consultation with us so we can help with the skills assessment and assess your eligibility for this pathway.


The information shared by Nationwide Migration and Education on social media and blogs is for general informational purposes only. (The information is accurate at the time of publication but may be subject to change.) It is not legal or immigration advice and should not be relied upon as such.

If you need immigration advice specific to your circumstances, please book a consultation with our Registered Migration Agent.

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