Metal Machinist(First Class) Skills Assessment Australia

The Down Under Centre is honoured that Australian Construction Training Services (ACTS) works from our Training Centre in London. The Down Under Centre works together with ACTS to facilitate their Technical Skype interviews and assist UK and Irish Metal Machinists to ensure that they are ready to complete their Metal Machinist Skills Assessment for migrating to Australia.

The Down Under Centre work with ACTS through their Visa Skills Programme. ACTS are Trade Recognition Australia (TRA) approved to deliver Skills Assessments for the soul purpose of migration for Metal Machinists. If you are a Metal Machinist you will be required to complete the mandatory Metal Machinist (First Class) Skills Assessment for migration to Australia. Once you have completed the Skills Assessment as a Metal Machinist you will be granted your Australian Certificate 111 in in Engineering. This will be invaluable for employment once you arrive in Australia. The Down Under Centre deliver the Technical Skype interviews for Metal Machinists daily from our building in Ealing Broadway, London. If you reside in Scotland or Ireland we have venues closer to home where you can sit your technical Skype interview.


The Skills Assessment process for Metal Machinist (First Class) is divided into three sections. Metal Machinist (First Class) as a qualification falls under the ANZSCO Code (323214). It’s important to remember that once you have successfully completed your Metal Machinist (First Class) Skills Assessment you will receive your Australian Engineering Qualification (certificate111) which many Australian employers will ask for prior to you commencing employment. By completing the Metal Machinist (First Class) Skills Assessment you obtain your mandatory document for migration and your Australian qualification as a Metal Machinist.

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 Metal Machinist SAQ here.


DOCUMENTARY ASSESSMENT - £510 GBP: This part of the Skills Assessment and in fact the Visa is considered the most difficult part by many UK migration agents. You will need to prove that you are a qualified or an experienced Metal Machinist. If you do not hold a UK qualification but have the necessary years of paid experience you can still be assessed. 

WHAT EVIDENCE IS REQUIRED? You will be asked to prove that you have a minimum three years' experience working as a Metal Machinist and that you have been working as a Metal Machinist for a minimum of 12 months out of the last 36 months. You will be asked to supply invoices, pay-slips, bank statements and/or employment references as evidence of your time as a Metal Machinist. You will also need to make sure you supply certified copies of your qualifications and provide at least 20 photos of your work as a Metal Machinist. Please take photos of the machines you work on, what you have made and ensure that you have all your health and safety PPE work wear on in the photographs. Click here for the Application Form It is very important to remember that most of the evidence you gather for your Metal Machinist (First Class) Skills Assessment is also required for your Visa. The Down Under Centre recommend that you ask your migration agent how many years of work experience you require for the Visa Points, this will save you chasing employers, banks and references a second time.

The Down Under Centre offers an Agency Service for Metal Machinists migrating to Australia to assist you with this difficult part of the Skills Assessment. The Down Under Center make this part of your assessment as easy and stress-free as possible. For further information on how The Down Under Centre can assist you with your Skills Assessment click here 

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 as a Metal Machinist is a Technical Skype interview. Here you will be required to come to our London venue The Down Under Centre based conveniently next to Ealing Broadway underground station

Alternatively you can choose to carry out your Technical Skype interview at a venue in Ireland or Scotland.

We will organise an Australian qualified Metal Machinist who is also an Australian qualified trainer and assessor in many engineering components to discuss your Stage 2 Application with you as well as your everyday work life as a Metal Machinist. This is why it’s very important that you have provided ACTS and their assessor with your full Stage 2 Assessment Pack. Please remember that if the assessor feels that you do not have the necessary skills to obtain your Australian Engineering Certificate 111 as a Metal Machinist they will ask you to provide further information or complete a practical assessment/ site visit which will be at your cost. The Down Under Centre has never had a client that has required a site visit, as we work closely with our agency clients to ensure that this does not happen. The assessors understand that you may be anxious or nervous, they will discuss your application with you in a relaxed manner 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 Metal Machinist, 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.



Metal Machinists and other engineers in Australia need to complete a four-year apprenticeship to obtain their certificate 111 in Engineering (Metal Machinist ANZSCO code 323214).

Metal Machinists complete tasks in a commercial or industrial work place. Metal Machinist engineering tradespeople work on a range of machines and mechanical devices, sub-assemblies, manufacturing parts using a range of machines, tools and process. Metal Machinists carry out general machining, custom bespoke machining, operate machining equipment to shape and form from metal stocks and castings. Metal Machinists in Australia will also set up and operate tools to cut and shape castings to exact size. Many Machinists work from drawings, Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) systems and specifications. 

Fitters looking to migrate to Australia would need to be able to complete the following tasks:

  • ​Study shop drawings to work out the material and equipment required for that job.
  • Use vertical borers.
  • Set up and adjust metalworking machines and equipment.
  • Set up and use CNC Machines.
  • Operate machines to produce parts or tools by turning, boring, milling, planning, shaping and slotting.
  • Use lathes, milling equipment and grinding equipment.
  • Grinding or drilling metal stock or components.
  • Work to fine tolerances.
  • Fit and assemble metal parts, tools or sub-assemblies, including welding or brazing parts.
  • Cut, thread, bend and install hydraulic and pneumatic pipes and lines.
  • Dismantle faulty tools and assemblies and repair or replace defective parts.
  • Check accuracy and quality of finished parts, tools or sub-assemblies.
  • Prepare pattern mechanisms to control the operation of textile machines used to spin, weave, knit, sew and tuft fabric.

During your Metal Machinist Skills Assessment for Australia you will be required to prove that you can carry out many of the above tasks through your technical Skype interview and Stage 2 Application. If you require more information, please fill in the enquiry form and one of our experienced staff will be in touch with you as soon as possible.




Engineers in Australia get paid very well. The demand for Metal Machinists to work in Australia has risen over the years. 

The Down Under Centre recruitment companies and employers throughout Australia. If you are employed as an Australian Metal Machinist you are entitled to a pension which is currently set at 9.5% of your wage. This is put into your pension scheme by your employer and not deducted from your weekly salary.

Metal Trades have an office here in London with the Down Under Centre. Metal Trades requires Welders who are ready to move to Australia, to make contact with us. You can find all Engineering jobs available on our jobs page! 

You can contact their UK office on 0203 889 7526 or email them at



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