TRA will accept an NVQ 2 as a comparable qualification in some cases and for some occupations. Generally, TRA considers the United Kingdom NVQ 2 to be at a level broadly comparable with that of the AQF Certificate III that is required for the majority of occupations assessed by TRA. However, training programs leading to an NVQ 2 can be highly varied in their content, duration and delivery methods. For this reason, TRA cannot guarantee that your NVQ 2 will be accepted in all cases.
When assessing your NVQ 2, TRA will look at the length of your training or apprenticeship period and the subjects you studied for your qualification. Your NVQ 2 will not be accepted if it is missing components which are major requirements of the comparable Australian qualification for your occupation. For example, the NVQ 2 in Gas Network Operations is not accepted for Gasfitters because it does not include training in gas appliances, flues or ventilation as is required in the relevant Australian qualification for that occupation, the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Certificate III in Gasfitting.
If you decide to use an NVQ 2 as the main qualification in your TRA application, you should ensure that you have included detailed evidence of the training that you did to receive your qualification.
Please note that TRA considers the NVQ 2 to be at most comparable to an AQF Certificate III. Some occupations require a comparable level of qualification higher than a Certificate III. In these cases, your NVQ 2 will not be accepted as comparable.
More information about occupations that require a comparable qualification higher than the AQF Certificate III can be found in the FAQ below.