Electrician Skills Assessment
An electrician skills assessment is an important step towards securing an Australian skilled visa. Electricians in Australia are required to be licensed by the respective State licensing board before undertaking any electrical work. Firstly, an Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR) must be obtained through VETASSESS or FutureSkills.
This happens in two steps:
Visa Go Australia will work with you to prepare the necessary documentation for lodgement with VETASSESS or FutureSkills, who will review your training and employment evidence to ensure that you have either:
- 6 years employment experience as an Electrician with no formal training OR
- 4 years employment experience as an Electrician with relevant formal training
You will need to provide your qualification certificates as proof of formal training, and your employment evidence must include at least 12 months in the last 3 years. Evidence may include documents such as wage slips, bank statements, employment references, etc. Visa Go Australia will advise you about what exactly is required and prepare these is readiness for assessment.
ASSESSMENT FEE: AUD$1,280
This involves both a Technical Interview and Practical Assessment and will take approximately 7-8 hours to complete.
During the Technical Interview you will be asked a series of questions about your skills and duties as a qualified Electrician which will determine the extent of your knowledge.
The Practical Assessment involves you completing a series of work-based tasks that demonstrates your skills as an Electrician. These practical tasks are completed in the presence of a licensed Assessor.
The technical interview and practical tasks are based on the units listed in the Fact Sheet.
Visa Go Australia will provide you with a detailed guide to the skills and duties that you will undertake during the practical.
ASSESSMENT FEE: AUD$4,200
Following a successful assessment, you will be issued with:
- Skills Assessment Outcome letter,
Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR)
On arrival in Australia, you must apply through the State regulation body for a Provisional license. Once this license has been granted, you may work under the supervision of a fully licensed electrical tradesperson. During this time you will be required to undertake additional training in order to gain the required Australian qualification that enables you to work independently.
** Please note that this ‘Gap Training’ can only be undertaken once in Australia.
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