Welder(First Class) Skills Assessment Australia

The Skills Assessments programme for Welders is operated by Australia Construction Training Services (ACTS) in the UK, working out of the Down Under Centre. 

ACTS are Trade Recognition Australia (TRA) approved to deliver Skills Assessments for the purpose of migration looking to gain a Visa and work in Australia as a Welder (First Class).

You will be told if you require a Skills Assessment once you have spoken to a MARA Approved Migration Agent.

The Down Under Centre can assist you in completing your application for a Skills Assessment, if you are someone who does require a Skills Assessment.

The Down Under Centre hosts the technical Skype interviews and work with UK and Irish Welders to prepare them for their Skills Assessment. (We also have venues in Ireland and Scotland, where you can have your Skype Interview, if this is more convenient for you).

Once you have successfully passed your Skills Assessment as a Welder, you will be given your Australian Engineering Certificate 111 which is now your Australian Welder (First Class) Qualification.

It is important to keep the certificate of your Qualification as Australian employers may ask for this during your interview process. The Skills Assessment will give you both your letter for migration and your Australian qualification as a Welder (First Class).

The Down Under Centre specializes in Trade Skills Assessments for the purpose of migration to Australia.

We work with many UK and Australian based MARA approved migration companies to make sure your Stage 2 Application (gathering of evidence) contain all of the right information and that it’s presented correctly for ACTS to assess.

Australian Construction Training Service have offices in Queensland, Victoria, NSW, and Western Australia. If you are based in the UK or Ireland feel free to contact ACTS directly on 0203 375 9333 to discuss your Skills Assessment for Australia as a Welder (First Class).

Process for Welder(First Class) Skills Assessment

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 info@downundercentre.com or call our office on 020 3316 1555 and one of our trained staff can assist you. This is a free service. Download your Welder SAQ here.


DOCUMENTARY ASSESSMENT - £510: This part of the Skills Assessment process and in fact the Visa is considered to be the most difficult part from many Australian MARA approved migration agents. You will need to prove that you are a qualified or an experienced First Class Welder. If you do not hold a UK qualification and have the necessary years of paid experience, you can still be assessed. 

WHAT EVIDENCE IS REQUIRED? You will be asked to prove you have a minimum of three years’ experience working as a Welder and that you have been working as a Welder for 12 months out of the last 36 months. You will be asked to supply bank statements, invoices, pay slips and/ or employment references as evidence of this. You will also need to make sure that you supply certified copies of your evidence and at least 20 photos of your work as a Welder. Please make sure you are in full PPE gear in the photos as you will be assessed on Occupational Health and Safety. Click here for the Application Form 

It is important to remember that most of the evidence you gather for your Skills Assessment is also required for your Visa. Your migration agent will be able to tell you what years of work experience you require for the Visa you are applying for, so that you won’t need to go back and forth to employers, banks and referees.

The Down Under Centre offers an Agency Service to assist you with this part of the Skills Assessment and make it as easy and as stress-free as possible. For further information about our Agency Service, click here  downundercentre.com/australian-skill-assessments 

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 Welder (First Class) 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 downundercentre.com/contactHowever, we have a venue available in Ireland and Scotland for you to take your Skype interview, if it is more suited to you.

We will organize an Australian Qualified Welder (First Class) who is also an Australian qualified trainer and an assessor who is able to discuss your Stage 2 Application with you as well as your everyday working life as a First Class Welder. This is why it’s very important that you have provided ACTS and their assessor with a full Stage 2 Pack. - If for some reason, the assessor feels that you are not able to match the required units of competency they will ask you to provide further information or complete a practical assessment/ site visit which will be at your own cost.

The assessors are aware that you may be anxious and nervous, but don't worry, you will be able to speak with them about your application 

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 Welder, 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.


Weldering in Australia

Welders are termed in different ways in Australia:

  • First Class Welder (a welder who is certified e.g. Coded Welder or Pressure Welder)
  • Welder (a welder who does basic structural steel, generally not Pipework, Pressure Vessels, Oil and Gas)
  • Second Class Welder (a welder who does lower level minor welding)


Welders in Australia are currently in demand. In Australia Welders Work in the following sectors:

  • Mining – Structural with either Fluxcore (Dualshield), Stick or Innershield.
  • Oil and Gas – Pipework with Tig Root, Stick fill and cap or Fluxcore fill and cap.
  • Power Stations, Petro Chemical – Pipework with Tig Root, Stick fill & cap or Fluxcore fill & cap.
  • Construction – Structural with Stick, Fluxcore or Innershield.
  • Manufacturing – Mig or Fluxcore.

Jobs in Australia for Welders(First Class)

To become a welder, you usually have to complete an engineering tradesperson (first class welder) apprenticeship:

Below is a summary of some typical tasks a First Class Welder in Australia is required to carry out:

  • Perform engineering measurement
  • Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment
  • Plan to undertake a routine task
  • Apply quality procedures
  • Carry out mechanical cutting
  • Perform manual heating and thermal cutting
  • Weld using manual metal arc welding process
  • Weld using gas metal arc welding process
  • Weld using gas tungsten arc welding process
  • Weld using submerged arc welding process
  • Apply welding principles
  • Select welding processes
  • Apply safe welding practices
  • Interpret basic technical drawing
  • Use power tools/hand held operations


Welding Qualifications

As in the UK, most employers in Australia will require the welder to conduct a “weld test” before considering employment.The previous welding qualification standard in the UK was BS EN 287-1 this has now been replaced by EN ISO 9606-1 in order to create European Welding Qualifications.

In essence the ‘Welder Passport’ was intended to create a standard that was recognized across Europe to aid welders moving between countries in the EU. An upcoming addition to welding certification in Australia in early 2017 is the Australian Welder Certification (AWCR) www.awcr.org.au


Member of the Welding Technology Institute of Australia


The Australian Welder Certification Register (AWCR) is similar to ‘Welder Passport’ systems used in Europe.

Welders are invited to complete a weld test, at an approved testing centre, which will qualify them to a welding procedure according to the process set out in EN ISO9606-1

Australian Standard / New Zealand Standard 2980 is the equivalent to EN ISO9606-1

Once qualified, the welder will be certified to that procedure and this information recorded in the AWCROnce on the AWCR, the welder will be a ‘Certified Welder’ (CW).

The AWCR is regulated and managed by The Welding Technology Institute of Australia (WTIA)

The WTIA are the:

  • International Institute of Welding (IIW) Authorised National Body (ANB) in Australia
  • IIW Authorised National Body for Company Certification (ANBCC) for Australia. 


Welders can expect to earn between $1,250 and $1,999 per week on average ($65 000 to $103 999 per annum), depending on the organisation they work for and their level of experience. As a welder develops their skills and knowledge in Welding, their earning potential will generally increase.

Alan Kelly from Metal Trades (Australia) works with the Down Under Centre. Alan (a time served Welder originally from Scotland) requires Welders who are approximately six to eight weeks from arrival in Australia to make contact with us. If you have a Visa and you are making the move to Australia, you can contact the Down Under Centre information desk on 0203 376 1555 to discuss if you are eligible for any of our welding jobs in Australia.



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