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Trades Recognition Service

The Trades Recognition Service (TRS) is for people in Australia who seek formal recognition of their skills for employment purposes and/or to access occupational licensing. The service is open to people who have gained their skills outside a formal apprenticeship pathway, including those who have undertaken their trade training overseas.

The TRS provides skills assessments via recognition of prior learning (RPL) to people who do not have an Australian vocational education and training (VET) qualification relevant to their occupation. Skills assessments are available in a range of automotive, engineering and electrical occupations, as indicated in the table below.

Trades Recognition Service nominated occupations [ANZSCO Codes]

Airconditioning and Refrigeration
Mechanic [342111]

​Fitter and Turner [323212]

Boilermaker [322311] ​

​Metal Fabricator [322311]

Boilermaker/Welder [322311] ​

​Metal Machinist (First Class) [323214]

Diesel Fitter [323211]​

​Motor Mechanic (General) [321211]

Electrician (General) [341111] ​

​Sheetmetal Trades Worker [322211]

Electrician (Special Class) [341112]

Welder (First Class) [322313]

Fitter (General) [323211]

How to apply

TRS skill assessments are conducted in Australia by registered training organisations (RTOs) approved by Trades Recognition Australia (TRA). You can find a TRA-approved RTO to conduct your skills assessment through the TRS RTO Finder Website.

Enquiries about applying for a TRS skills assessment, fees, documentary evidence requirements and assessment arrangements should be discussed directly with your selected TRA-approved RTO.