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How to Successfully Migrate to Australia as a Tradeperson in 2024?


On this blog, we will be talking about Offshore Skills Assessment Program for Tradespeople.


Are you looking to move to Australia and contribute to its skilled workforce? If you’re a tradesperson, the Offshore Skills Assessment Program, or OSAP, might be your gateway!


Are you someone from 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, Zimbabwe. And have you worked in one of the following occupations for a minimum of 3 to 5 years full-time in any country?

The Occupations are:

  • 321111 Automotive Electrician

  • 351311 Chef

  • 351411 Cook

  • 323211 Fitter (General)

  • 323212 Fitter and Turner

  • 323213 Fitter-Welder

  • 322311 Metal Fabricator

  • 323299 Metal Fitter and Machinists (Not Elsewhere Classified)

  • 323214 Metal Machinist (First Class)

  • 321211 Motor Mechanic (General)

  • 22211 Sheetmetal Trades Worker

  • 322313 Welder (First Class)

  • 394111 Cabinetmaker

  • 331212 Carpenter

  • ·331211 Carpenter and Joiner

  • 331213 Joiner


Did you know you can get a Skills assessment from Trades Recognition of Australia if you have 3-5 years of full-time work experience in your nominated occupation? This skills assessment can be used towards an Employer-Sponsored Visa like 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 ready 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.

  • You will need to be under 45 years old

  • A positive skills assessment in your nominated occupation

  • And a Competent English score, which is 6 each in IELTS or equivalent test.


You can also watch one of my other Videos, in which I explain these visas in detail. I will put the link in the description below.


Let's look at the requirements to be able to get a Positive Skills assessment in one of these occupations: 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-licenced trade with no formal training – will require five years’ of full-time work experience

  • Non-licenced trade with formal training – will require three years’ of full-time work experience


This must include 12 months of full-time, paid employment in your nominated occupation 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 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 someone who is an experienced Tradesperson and has been thinking of migrating to Australia, you may book a consultation with us so we can 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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