Offshore Skills Assessment Program (OSAP) Frequently Asked Questions

When preparing your application please ensure you refer to the program applicant guidelines and other related information for each of TRA's skills assessment programs.

How much will an assessment cost?

The assessment fee depends on the occupation being assessed and varies between the individual TRA-approved RTOs. As a guide the documentary evidence stage generally costs between $600-$800, while the technical/practical stage generally costs between $1,200-$1,800. You should contact the relevant RTO to confirm the price for your assessment.

What occupation do I nominate?

TRA cannot advise you on the right occupation for your application. You must nominate the occupation for which you wish to be assessed, based on your skills and experience.

When nominating your occupation, please refer to the ANZSCO occupations listed on the Short-term Skilled Occupation Lists (STSOL) or Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills Lists (MLTSSL) available on the Department of Home Affairs website.

A search of the ANZSCO occupation descriptions, located here, may help you decide the occupation you would like to be assessed against and for which you can meet TRA's skills assessment criteria.

Applications without a nominated occupation or that nominate an occupation that TRA does not assess cannot be processed by TRA.

How do I locate a registered training organisation (RTO) that can conduct a skills assessment for my occupation?

TRA has approved a number of RTOs to conduct skills assessment services in a range of occupations and locations around the world. Please visit the ​​RTO Finder to identify the RTOs available to conduct your assessment, and their contact details.

My occupation and passport country or Special Administrative Region (SAR) are not on the list for OSAP. What should I do? 

If your occupation is not on the list for OSAP, then you may need to apply for the TRA Migration Skills Assessment (MSA) Program.

If you are seeking a skills assessment in one of the following licensed occupations: Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic, Electrician (General), Electrician (Special Class) and Plumber (General), you are required to have your skills assessed through OSAP.

If your occupation is listed, then you can apply for the MSA Program or the OSAP. If you choose to apply for the OSAP, you must be able to travel to Australia or an OSAP nominated country for a skills assessment.

How long will it take to process my skills assessment? 

The RTO you select to conduct your skills assessment will advise you how long the process will take. Typically, an assessment may be completed within 13 weeks from the date you submit the required documentary evidence to the RTO.

Further information on the process for the OSAP is available in the applicant guidelines available on the TRA website.

How do I obtain an occupational licence in Australia?

Australia has strict safety standards and licensing requirements for licensed occupations. While TRA is responsible for assessing the skills of migrants to ensure they have the skills required to operate in their occupation in Australia, occupational licensing is the responsibility of the relevant state or territory licensing authority. Often the requirements for licensing include a period of employment experience and obtaining Australian-specific knowledge of the relevant occupation within the Australian environment.

If you receive a successful skills assessment for a licensed occupation from a TRA-approved RTO you will be issued an Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR). The OTSR recognises your technical skills, but also acknowledges that you have yet to apply your skills in the Australian environment.
An OTSR allows you to apply for a provisional licence from an Australian state or territory licensing regulator upon arrival in Australia. This is subject to meeting all other non-skill requirements. An OTSR enables you to work under supervision while you address any Australian-specific knowledge and gaps in your employment experience. 
Please visit the Licensing page for further information.

Do I need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test?

Under the OSAP, an IELTS test is not a requirement; however, you will be required to undertake a technical assessment in English without assistance. This may also include a practical demonstration.

For information about English language requirements and your visa application, please contact the Department of Home Affairs.

Will my employment experience and qualifications be recognised? 

Skills assessments for the OSAP are conducted by TRA-approved RTOs. The RTO you select will advise you about the documentation that must be provided and will take into consideration all the necessary information and evidence that you provided when conducting an assessment.

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