Carpenter Skills Assessment Australia

 If you are a carpenter your migration agent will ask you to complete the mandatory carpentry Skills Assessment for migration to Australia. The Down Under Centre is proud to have Australian Construction Training Services working from its building. We work closely with ACTS to facilitate their Technical Skype interviews and work with clients to ensure that they are ready for their carpentry Skills Assessment for Australia.

The Down Under Centre work with ACTS through their Visa Skills Programme. ACTS are Trade Recognition Australia approved to deliver Skills Assessments for the purpose of migration for carpenters. On completion of the carpentry Skills Assessment you will be issued with your Australian Certificate 111 in carpentry. This will be invaluable for employment once you arrive in Australia. The Down Under Centre deliver the Technical Skype interviews daily from our building in London. If you are based in Scotland we have venues closer to home where  you can complete your Technical Skype interview.

The Down Under Centre specialises in Skills Assessments for carpenters. We work with numerous migration agents and clients directly to ensure that all carpentry Skills Assessments completed are perfect prior to submission to ACTS. ACTS are based in the Down Under Centre in London and have Australian offices in QLD, Victoria, NSW and WA. 

Find out more about our Agency Service for carpenters who want to migrate to Australia.



The process is broken up into three stages. Carpentry is not a licensed trade but many employers insist you hold your Australian Carpentry Qualification for registration and insurance purposes. It’s also important to know that each state and territory in Australia has different regulations and if you require a builders license you will need to obtain a Certificate 111 in Carpentry prior to applying for your builders License.

1. SELF ASSESSMENT QUESTIONNAIRE: An online self-evaluation form to make sure your skill level is at the standard immigration is looking for. Please note the mandatory requirements and how many electives you will need to complete. Once complete please email to our office at or call our office on 020 3316 1555 and one of our trained staff can assist you. This is a free service. Download your Carpentry Skills Assessment here.



DOCUMENTARY ASSESSMENT - £510 GBP: In short,  you are required to prove you are a carpenter and have the necessary skills to work as a carpenter in Australia. You will need to provide evidence you have been qualified as a carpenter for more than three years and that  you have worked as a carpenter for a minimum of 12 months out of the last 36 months. You will be asked to prove this via pay slips, invoices, bank statements and/ or employment references. You also need to make sure you supply certified copies of your evidence and at least 20 photos of your carpentery work. The Down Under Centre can provide you with an agency service to assist you at this stage as it is considered to be the most difficult stage of your visa application. It pays to make sure you gather the year’s evidence your migration agent requires correctly so that you are not going back and forth to employers. Please call us on 0203 376 1555 to enquire about our agency service and how it can specifically help you.

Click here for the Application Form 

ADMINISTRATION FEE - £176 GBP: The Administration Fee is collected from all candidates by the authorised RTO performing the Skills Assessment. This fee is then paid to Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) as they now are charging the Skill Assessing body a fee of £176 to process the skills assessments.



The final part of your Skills Assessment for carpenter is a technical Skype interview. Here you will be required to come to our London venue The Down Under Centre based convieniently next to Ealing Broadway underground station Alternatively you can choose to carry out your technical Skype interview at a venue in Scotland. 

We will organise an Australian qualified carpenter who is also an Australian qualified trainer and assessor in carpentry to discuss your stage two application with you and your everyday working life as a carpenter. This is why it’s very important that you have provided ACTS and their assessor with a full stage 2 pack. Please note that if the assessor feels that you do not have the necessary skills to work in Australia as a qualified carpenter he will ask you to provide further information or complete a practical assessment/ site visit which will be at your cost. The Down Under Centre have never had a client that has required a site visit as yet as we work closely with them to ensure that this does not need to happen. The assessors understand that you may be nervous, they will discuss your application with you in a calm manner in a relaxed environment and do all they can to assist you and put you at ease.


Note: After the Technical Interview, if the assessor feels that they are not confident with your skills, they may request a practical assessment with a fee of £767. 



The Administration Fee is collected from all candidates by the authorised RTO performing the Skills Assessment. This fee is then paid to Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) as they now are charging the Skill Assessing body a fee of £176 to process the skills assessments.


White Card

As a Carpenter, you will need to obtain your White Card for Australia in order to work on any Australia building/construction site. The White Card is equivalent to your CSCS Card. We provide an online course and issue the Western Australia White Card which is accepted Australia-wide. To get started, visit our White Card Course page and Register an account. 

Once you have passed, your White Card will be posted to the address you supplied in your registration.



5 Stars! - It was a pleasure to use Down Under Centre to obtain the equivalent qualification I have here in the UK to an Australian qualification. 
I worked closely with Nikki who was friendly and helpful, and helped me step by step through this. The process was actually quite easy really. When I arrived for my technical interview I received a warm welcome, I was still nervous though. All the work up for nothing. The assessor was easy to talk to which made me feel relaxed. I would definitely recommend using the Down Under Centre and would like to say a big thank you to Nikki and the team. - Matthew Kemp


Carpentry in Australia is a very well respected trade. There is a need for carpenters as Australia has a growing economy and an ageing population. In Australia carpenters need to complete a four year apprenticeship to obtain their certificate 111 in carpentry. (ANZSCO; 331212)

Carpenters complete tasks in domestic, commercial or industrial work places. Carpenters also maintain buildings ranging in size of all sorts. Most commonly carpenters will work on a building site.  Carpenters construct, install and repair wooden and metal structures and erect buildings. They are required on mine sites and power stations and in cities to build high rises, flats and more.

To work as a carpenter in Australia you will be required to work in roofing aspects including truss roofs, flat roofs and pitched roofs. You will need to be able to complete all first and second fix work including hanging doors, fixing frames around windows and doors and building kitchen and bathroom units. Carpenters in Australia need to be able to complete flooring tasks, bearers and joists, laying timber floors and preparing sub floors. Carpenters are required for setting out new buildings and therefore need to know how to measure and plan out jobs. Most Australian employers would expect carpenters to be able to calculate and order the correct amount of materials required for a specific job. Carpenters in Australia need to work with carpentry tools both hand and explosive, including circular saws, ban saws, nail guns, jigsaws, hammer drills, plunge saws, sanders. It is obviously important that all carpenters can level and finish work to a high standard. As a carpenter in Australia you will be required to work at heights and know how to use scaffolding safely.

Many if not all of the tasks specified are what you have or are already completing on a day to day basis in the UK.  



There is currently work in Australia for carpenters. The Down Under Centre works with recruitment companies all over Australia and at present we have positions available in NSW, Queensland and Melbourne for Australian qualified carpenters. Many of our jobs are paying $35 per hour plus car expenses and overtime. Don’t forget if you are employed as an Australian carpenter you are entitled to a pension, which your employer adds to your wage. 

BD Building Management have an office here in London with the Down Under Centre. The team at BD Building are looking for skilled Carpenters who are ready to move to Australia, to make contact with us and apply for a job. You can find all Carpentry Jobs available on our jobs page! 

You can contact their UK office on 0203 816 1333 or email them at





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