How does the Electrician skills assessment for migrating to Australia work?

If you are planning to move to Australia as an Electrician on a skilled (points based) visa, you are required to complete the Australian Electrician skills assessment.

The skill assessing body for Electricians is TRA (Trades Recognition Australia). TRA have selected RTOs (Registered Training Organisations) that deliver the Electrician skills assessment for migration to Australia.

The Electrical skills assessment is broken into a 2-step process.

1. This part is paper-based, where you need to prove your skills as an Electrician through detailed statements from employers detailing all your electrical duties, tax and pay details for when you were working as an Electrician, Electrician apprenticeship documents, qualifications and certificates (ESC cards, JIB gold card) and a detailed CV showing all training and work experience as an Electrician.

2. The second stage is a technical interview and Electrical practical assessment – and the last stage of your Electrical skills assessment. This assessment will take place in Birmingham or Crewe.

You will be assessed on your electrical theory knowledge & hand-tool skills; You will be given electrical boards to work from with tasks to follow and are required to complete a fault finding exercise. Following this you will then complete a theory test consisting of various questions in relation to electrical theory and regulations. Basic tools will be supplied and you will be given a list of tools to bring on the day of your assessment.

Upon successful completion of the Electrician skills assessment you will be issued with your TRA skills assessment certificate and your OTSR (Offshore Technical Skills Record), which is required to gain your Australian Electrical registration which you need to find work in Australia as a Electrician.