What is a skills assessment and happens during this process?
You then look on either the SOL or the CSOL list and find your occupation title. Each occupation on this list will have the name of an assessing authority next to it.
What does this mean?
Every skilled person wanting to apply under this route will need to have their skills assessed by the assessing authority that is listed next to their occupation.
Why do you need to do a Skills Assessment if you have a trade, a diploma or a bachelor degree from South Africa or another country?
Australia would need to ensure that your skills and in certain cases your post qualification work experience are in fact on par with Australian standards. Certain occupations and qualifications may be known by different names and may have slightly different requirements, depending where in the world they were completed.
For the majority of non trade occupations, a paper based application is compiled to evidence not only your relevant work experience, but most importantly your qualification/s. Some applicants for example in the medical/pharmaceutical industry would also need to sit examinations.
For trade’s workers from South Africa for example, most of the trade’s occupations that may fall under TRA (Trades Recognition of Australia) on the lists would in fact be assessed by VETASSESS.
This would firstly require a paper based assessment that is sent through to Australia. Once this has been assessed as being suitable on paper, for example in terms of a trade test and 3 years post qualification work experience, you would then be required to do a practical assessment here in South Africa, usually done at the Northlink Collage in Cape Town. This would require applicants to demonstrate their skills in a typical work shop environment, including many aspects of health and safety on the job.
A technical interview could be done via Skype as an alternative to the practical assessment. PLEASE NOTE: Licensed trades such as Electricians, Plumbers and Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics would not have the option of a technical interview and MUST do a practical assessment.
Your skills assessment is possibly the most important part of the application as this would determine if Australia considers you a skilled applicant and if you would be able to continue on the skilled process.
You would use your skills assessment document when you apply to a state, region or territory in Australia and also for the final stage, when your Expression of Interest is lodged and your final visa application.
Please note that we are there to assist clients with every aspect of the application from start to finish and will project manage your case. Feel free to contact us and we can discuss your skills assessment and assist you with the process.
By Robbie Ragless