Trades Recognition Service (TRS)

Application Form

The Trades Recognition Service (TRS) was launched on 1 October 2014 as a replacement for the Australian Recognised Trade Certificate (ARTC) program.

ACTS Visa Skills has been approved by TRA to deliver the TRS Skills Assessment Program for tradespersons who:

  • Reside in Australia
  • Do not hold an AQF certificate for their trade who seek formal recognition of their skills and experience, including applicants who undertook their trade training overseas.

The TRS Program is supported by Australian industry that recognises qualifications issued through the program and validated by the TRA logo.

If you are applying for a skills assessment under the TRS Program you must read the Applicant Guidelines before proceeding.

Eligibility Pathway 1 only

Suitable for candidates who DO NOT hold an Australian Qualification AND must demonstrate at least four (4) years full time experience or part-time equivalent including current employment in the trade area for twelve (12) out of the last thirty six (36) months. If the Applicant does not hold an equivalent overseas qualification then at least five (5) years full time experience or part-time equivalent and current employment in the trade area for twelve (12) of the last thirty six (36) months is required.

pathway-1-saq

How to Apply

The Skills Assessment Process is designed to assess a candidate against the standards of the relevant Australian Training Package. These packages are designed by industry, for industry and are used by Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) in assessing competency. Download and make yourself familiar with the “GUIDE TO AUSTRALIAN SAFETY STANDARDS

When applying for your skills assessment you must provide all available evidence to ensure your application is “Decision Ready” (see evidence checklist in the Application form pages 13-14). You must ensure you have a Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) as part of your application for Pathway  1.

The SAQ helps to identify if you have the relevant skills that meet the Australian standards in your trade. You will need to be competent in all the mandatory units and many of the elective units.

If you are satisfied that you meet the Eligibility Criteria, complete the TRS Application Form and submit to your nearest office as follows…

Australian Office:
ACTS Visa Skills
12A 171 Power Street
Glendenning NSW 2761
PO Box 598
Plumpton NSW 2761
Australia

TIP: Read the Applicant Guidelines when completing the Application Form.  NOTE: All assessments must be conducted in English.

A representative from ACTS will make contact with you within 5 working days to confirm your details.

Fees and Charges

Documentary Assessment and Technical Interview charges are mandatory costs for a Skills Assessment process.  Please also refer to table below for further services and costs that may be incurred.

NOTE:  Prices include GST.

Mandatory Process Service  TRS Australia Only
Documentary Assessment $880 AUD(includes GST)
Technical Interview $1,265 AUD(includes GST)
Sub Total: $2,145 (includes GST)
Govt. Administration Fee $300 AUD
Total: $2,445 AUD (includes GST)
 
Further Services
Practical Demonstration $1,100 AUD
Technical Interview with Practical Demonstration $2,365 AUD
Reassessment $550 AUD
Cancellation/Reschedule Technical Assessment $275 AUD
Cancellation/Reschedule Practical Assessment $550 AUD
Reissue Outcome Letter $88 AUD
Reissue Certificate or Statement of Attainment $88 AUD

Skills Assessment Process

Stage One: Application Review

Once we receive your completed TRS application form along with your SAQ, our team will review your application and supporting evidence. All documents provided must be in English. Non-English documents must be provided with an accompanying translation from a registered translation service.  If your application is accepted and no further evidence is required we will request the Documentary Assessment payment to be made.

Stage Two: Documentary Assessment

Documentary evidence must contain the following:

  • Certified true colour copies of your formal training qualifications
  • Certified true colour copy of photo identification (passport required)
  • Scanned colour copies of licences/permits (if applicable)
  • Scanned colour copies of employer statements
  • Two passport-sized photographs
  • Current Resume/work history
  • Photographic or video evidence must be provided that shows you conducting work tasks using appropriate tools and/or machinery in personal protective equipment (PPE).

If your documentary evidence satisfies the criteria and we have verified your competency skills and time in the trade with your Referees, you will proceed to Stage Three

Stage Three: Technical Interview / Practical Skills Demonstration

You will be required to undertake a technical interview at one of our Skills Assessment locations (please contact ACTS for location details) with our Trade Assessors to determine if your skills and knowledge meet the qualification requirements. The Technical Interview payment will be requested at this time.

The assessment itself is based on questioning techniques and discussions, which allow the client to express the relevant competency. Throughout the Technical Assessment, questions on Australian Safety Standards and how they are used in the workplace will be included.

NOTE:  All technical interviews are conducted in English with no external assistance.

Should the need arise, a Practical Demonstration of skills will be requested. This is used to gain a further insight into the applicant’s competency, by way of demonstrating skills, using appropriate tools and equipment.

Stage Four: Assessment Outcome

Once a full Assessors report has been submitted and the Compliance Panel has reviewed the relevant evidence then a decision will be made on the outcome of the assessment.

The outcome can be either Successful or Unsuccessful.  If successful, ACTS will issue a full AQFIII Qualification for the trade and a successful outcome letter

Should the outcome be unsuccessful, ACTS will provide a letter explaining the reason(s) for your unsuccessful outcome along with a list of identified competencies required to achieve the full AQFIII qualification.  A Statement of Attainment however will be provided, detailing the units of competency achieved throughout the process. ACTS will further guide the applicant as to the “Gap Units” and how to arrange for these to be trained and then reassessed.

At any time the client can apply for reassessment or appeal a decision made by ACTS.

Reassessment Policy

Candidates have the right to appeal assessment decisions made by ACTS.  Candidates can request only ONE reassessment and should notify the Department of Home Affairs that an appeal has been lodged if a Temporary or Permanent Migration visa application process has commenced.   Candidates are eligible for reassessment if they apply within the time frames stated.

There are two reassessment processes offered:

Reassessment resulting from an appeal of the original decision.

An unsuccessful skills assessment applicant who wishes to lodge an appeal of the original assessment decision is required to do so within seven (7) business days of being notified of the outcome.  ACTS will review the initial assessment decision, and if deemed appropriate, conduct a reassessment within fourteen (14) business days of lodgement of the appeal.  The applicant will be notified of the outcome (successful or unsuccessful) within five (5) business days.  Applicants are not permitted to provide additional documentation or evidence when lodging an appeal against their assessment decision.  Candidates are required to formally register and pay the appropriate reassessment fee (see Fees and Charges – View our Further Services pricing) and complete the “Reassessment Form” prior to a reassessment being conducted.

Reassessment resulting from an Applicant addressing Skills Gaps Identified.

An applicant can apply for a reassessment within twelve (12) months of being notified in writing of the unsuccessful outcome to address skills gaps, for example undertake additional work experience or applicable short training program.  A reassessment must be conducted within eleven (11) weeks from the date the request was received.  If the subsequent evidence submission, as required by ACTS, does not demonstrate the Candidate has addressed the identified gaps, the outcome will be Unsuccessful and the application will be closed.  The applicant will be notified of the outcome (successful or unsuccessful) within five (5) business days. Candidates are required to formally register and pay the appropriate reassessment fee (see Fees and Charges – View our Further Services pricing) and complete the “Reassessment Form” prior to reassessment being conducted.

Refund Policy

At any time, an applicant whom has paid fees to ACTS may apply for a refund of fees. The application must be in writing and directed to the General Manager of ACTS. Refunds will be provided under the following guidelines:

Documentary Assessment Non refundable after successful application
Technical Assessment Non Refundable after application
Practical Assessment Non Refundable after application
Assessment Outcome Appeal Abstained  Non Refundable
Assessment Outcome Appeal Upheld Amount equivalent to 75% of the Reassessment Fee

Should an appeal be made towards the process or outcome of the assessment, then a fee is payable in advance.  Should the appeal be in favour of the candidate, a payment will be refundable as listed in the above table.

NOTE: All candidates are advised that any payment refunded will be made to the original method of the payment.

Feedback and Complaints Policy

Any candidate wishing to leave feedback or make a complaint or comment about the service provided by ACTS please Email Us and you will receive acknowledgement within 5 working days.

It is the responsibility of each Country/Region Manager to respond to, action and endeavour to resolve any complaints received.  Please refer to our Contact Us section for details of each office.