Welder (First Class) skills assessment Australia

We work closely with Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) Approved Registered Training Orgnisations (RTOs) to deliver the Welder skills assessment for the purpose of migrating to Australia. Welder ANZSCO Code 322313.

The Down Under Centre works with Welders migrating to Australia to prepare them for their skills assessment.

See our Frequently Asked Questions for Welders emigrating to Australia

Once you have successfully passed your skills assessment as a Welder, you will be given your Australian Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade 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 when you are looking for Welder jobs in Australia. The skills assessment will give you both your letter for migration and your Australian qualification as a Welder (First Class).

If you would like to see if you are eligible for a Skilled Visa, use our free visa points calculator and our Migration Consultants will be happy to advise on your options. You can also call us on 0203 376 1555 to speak with Wes Zandt who can discuss the Welder skills assessment with you.

Process for Welder (First Class) skills assessment

1. Documentary Assessment for Welder (First Class) skills assessment $1,120

This part of the skills assessment process and in fact the visa is considered to be the most difficult part. You will be required to prove your work experience as a Welder through a detailed CV, employment references, pay and tax evidence and photo/video evidence of your work as a Welder.

  • If you hold trade related qualifications, you’ll be asked to prove you have a minimum of 3 years’ work experience.
  • If you don’t have trade related qualifications, you’ll be asked to prove you have a minimum of 5 years’ work experience.

You also need to prove that you have been working as a Welder for 12 months out of the last 36 months. You will be asked to supply specific documentation as evidence of this and our DUC Skills Team can help you gather that evidence.

Down Under Centre Agency Service £600 + VAT

It is very important to remember that most of your evidence gathering for your Welder skills assessment is also required for your Australian visa. The Down Under Centre can provide you with an agency service to assist you with the gathering of your documentation for your Australian qualification. The Down Under Centre will also be able to advise how many years of work experience will be required to give you maximum points for your visa. Please call us on 0203 376 1555 to enquire about our agency service and how it can specifically help you.

2. Technical Interview for Welder (First Class) skills assessment $2,000

The final part of your skills assessment as a Welder (First Class) is an online technical interview.

You will discuss your application and everyday work as a Welder with an Australian Qualified Welder (First Class) who is also an Australian qualified trainer and an assessor. 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

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Welders 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. 

Welders (First Class) duties in Australia

Welders in Australia 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

Welder jobs in Australia

The DUC Employment Hub is a tool that connects migrants to employers in Australia as well as providing you with a relocation hub to make your journey to Australia smoother.

Australian employers post jobs on the DUC Employment Hub and connect with migrants directly.

Welder jobs posted via DUC Employment Hub:

Location: Regional Queensland Townsville & Northern Queensland
Salary: $55,000 to $65,000 Full-time
One of the largest local manufacturers of Cane Transporters.
• Repair damaged transporters and fabricate spare parts and other agricultural equipment.
• The Candidate must be able to read and interpret blueprints and engineering plans/drawings and /or retro engineer from existing units/items and be able to record any changes for draftsman
• Layout, cut, fit, measure and weld to fabricate Cane Transporters/Agricultural equipment to a high accuracy.
• Repair/retrofit damaged machinery, including any upgrades.
• Inspect and test welds and equipment
• Ensure a high standard of quality, neatness and accuracy.
• Experience in a variety of practices and techniques related to welding/positional welding.
• Knowledge of manufacturing and welding applying TIG and MIG
• Knowledge of operating general metal shop equipment and tools to assist with general maintenance of those tools.
• Familiarity with executing welding operations in compliance with safety policies
• The ability to use heavy machineries such as forklifts and cranes would be an advantage.

Welders emigrating to Australia FAQs

The Australian Welder skills assessment has 2 mandatory stages that need to be complete. You need to prove to the assessor you have the necessary skills as a Welder.

The first stage is paper based, proving you are a Welder though payslips, detailed CV, references, videos, photos, qualifications.  

The second stage is a technical interview with an Australian qualified Welder who is also a qualified trainer and assessor. This is a relaxed chat over skype or Zoom where you have a one to one with our Australian Welder Assessor.  

No, it’s not mandatory that you hold a Welder qualification for the Welder skills assessment to migrate to Australia.

You are required to either hold your completed apprenticeship papers as a Welder (Please note these qualifications could fall under many engineering qualifications) and 3 years of paid work experience pre or post qualification for the Welder skills assessment.

If you don’t have an NVQ3, you are required to have a minimum of 5 years paid work experience as a Welder. It is common for clients to be assessed without holding any formal training or qualification so we use your 5 years of paid work experience as proof for Australian migration.

A skills assessment is a mandatory requirement so you, the migrant, can apply for a visa to Australia. This is the way Australian Immigration can gauge if you are a Welder under the Australian guidelines. Many people want to move to Australia as a Welder and without a skills assessment delivered by an approved assessing body, Australian immigration have no way in checking a migrant has the necessary skills.

To emigrate to Australia as a Welder you will need to complete the Welder (First Class) skills assessment for a skilled visa.

The Down Under Centre works extremely close with ATTC. We work with clients to make sure they have all the required documents for the Welder skills assessment.

We will work with each individual client to assist the correct documents are gathered for the Welder skills assessment. We are based in the UK and have experienced staff to help you through the skills assessment process. We also have staff in Australia to assist when required as we specialise in Welders skills assessments for the purpose of migration to Australia.

The DUC collaborates with Australian Trade Training College (ATTC) to deliver the Welder skills assessment for migration to Australia. We know exactly what is required and offer an Agency service to assist with that skills assessment. The DUC Agency Fee is £550 + VAT.

What’s included in that Agency Fee?

You will receive a unique login to the DUC Client Portal which explains everything you need to provide, giving templates and precise details on what to gather and how to gather it. For many this is the hardest part of the process but is key to a successful application; we know what is required because the DUC Skills Team work closely with the assessing body. We have been part of the Welder skills assessment process for 8+ years. The DUC Skills Team will lodge your application and liaise with the assessing body.

Telephone assistance Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm – and even out-of-hours by arrangement. We have staff specifically dedicated to working with Welders emigrating to Australia, so you’ll always be working with the same person. 

As a DUC client you also have access to our exclusive Facebook Group where you can get expert help from other DUC Welders who can give you an insight into the content of the technical interview.  You can chat with other DUC clients, who may be at different stages of the process, for their guidance on the English test, skills process and the practicalities of moving to Australia. The DUC Visa Team post relevant updates as they happen.

We will also provide information on the various English tests available, the various scoring systems and even provide a 10% discount code for the PTE Pearson Academic test.

You, will receive FREE access to the DUC Employment Hub (and your partner, if applicable) – a tool that connects migrants to employers and provides invaluable assistance with your relocation.  You will receive a 1-hour consultation with a relocation expert who has migrated themselves. This consultation will introduce you to our service provider partners who can save you money on your move. See how the DUC EH works.

The Down Under Centre work very close with the assessing body for Welders looking to emigrate to Australia and we have 8 years’ experience with clients with the correct software and staff to hold your hand through the Australian Welder skills assessment.

Your Australian Welder skills assessment is valid for 3 years from the date the skills assessment was issued. This means you need to have your invitation to apply before the 3 years is up.

Your Australian certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade as a Welder has no expiry date.

Getting a job as a Welder in Australia can easily be done from your country of origin. The Down Under Centre works with many Australian Welder employers who take on our English speaking skilled migrants. The employers have no hesitation taking on our Australian qualified Welders moving to Australia by using our DUC Employment Hub – our employment hub will also show you how to prepare for your move to Australia. You will also receive a Skype chat with one of our relocation team.

At successful completion of your Australian Welder skills assessment, you will receive your TRA skills assessment letter required for a skilled visa to Australia and you will also receive your Australian Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade.

If you are a Welder looking to migrate to Australia, you need to be between 18 and 45 years old.

Welders between 25-32 years old generate the maximum points for age towards their visa application. Complete our free visa points calculator to confirm your points.

Also, if you are under 31 years old you can look into the Working Holiday Visa.

Yes, you can. First, complete our free visa points calculator. We’ll contact you to determine your eligibility for migrating to Australia and explain the Australian visa process for Welders. We have clients all over the world and the tools to get you to Australia as a Welder.

With a passport from the UK, Canada, Ireland, USA or New Zealand you automatically add 5 points to your partner’s Australian visa application.

If you completed the Welder (First Class) skills assessment for Australia (and are under 45 years of age) this would add 10 points. Not only do you get extra points for an Australian skilled visa you will arrive in Australia with your Australian Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade. This is huge as employers want you to hold the necessary welding qualification so they can insure you.

Applying for a skills assessment as a Welder to migrate to Australia does not necessarily require a qualification; this is dependent upon the country of your passport. 

The Down Under Centre has access to Australia’s Country Education Profiles and can confirm if your qualifications will be recognised so you can complete your skills assessment as a Welder and obtain a visa to work in Australia as a Welder. If you don’t hold any qualifications you can still move forward with your Australian Welder skills assessment if you can provide 5 years of paid work experience.

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