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The previous Skilled Occupation List (SOL) has been replaced. The previous Skilled Occupation List (SOL) has been replaced. Please refer to the current Australian SOL for details of which occupations will be eligible under the updated General Skilled Migration program.

Tradespersons listed here may apply for skilled migration to Australia.

Tradespersons and related workers perform a variety of tasks, applying a body of trade or industry specific technical knowledge and operate a wide variety of complex precision machinery or plant machinery to complete several stages in the fabrication and maintenance of products.

All occupations in this major group have a level of skill commensurate with an AQF Certificate III or higher qualification. Relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks performed by Tradespersons and Related Workers typically include:

Trades Persons must have obtained a relevant qualifications and completed a qualifying training period. After qualifying, they must have also worked in the trade for at least 3 years.

Trade Assessment

Assessments in these trades are against specified criteria:

Recognition as a Tradesperson

Where a person never entered into an apprenticeship contract or completed a trade test, TRA may consider the applicant as a qualified tradesperson if:

New Offshore Assessment Process

As of 1st July 2007, the TRA (Trades Recognition Australia) changed the way they assess certain trade occupations, with a new pre-migration skills assessment service coming into action, ran through the Registered Training Organisations (RTO's) VETASSESS and Victoria University.

For certain occupations, a practical test was added, making for a three stage offshore assessment process. This new arrangement applies to applicants in the following trade occupations

Additionally, these changes mean that the assessment methodology now comprises of three stages:

Skilled Occupations List

Trades Persons and Related Workers: Metalworking, Mechanical and Precision Trades
Occupations ASCO Code Assessing Authority Points Awarded
Blacksmith [Hammer Smith, Spring Maker, Tool Smith] 4123-11 TRA 60
Engraver 4115-21 TRA 60
Farrier 4123-13 TRA 60
Fitter [Diesel Fitter-Mechanic, Fitter and Turner, Fitter-Mechanic, Fitter-Machinist, Maintenance Fitter, Mechanic (Diesel and Heavy Earthmoving Equipment), Plant Mechanic] 4112-11 TRA 60
General Fabrication Engineering Tradesperson 4121-11 TRA 60
Gunsmith [Armourer] 4115-19 TRA 60
Locksmith [Safemaker] 4112-15 TRA 60
Metal Casting Tradesperson [Coremaker, Metal Moulder] 4125-11 TRA 60
Metal Fabricator [Boilermaker, Boilermaker-Welder, Brass Finisher, Metal Fabricator-Welder, Structural Steel Tradesperson, Template Maker] 4122-11 TRA 60
Metal Machinist (First Class) [Aircraft Machinist, Automotive Machinist, Metal Machine Setter, Metal Turner, Milling Machinist, Radial Driller, Vertical Borer] 4112-13 TRA 60
Metal Polisher 4126-11 TRA 60
Precision Instrument Maker and Repairer [Instrument Fitter, Camera Repairer, Scalemaker, Scientific Instrument Maker and Repairer] 4115-11 TRA 60
Pressure Welder 4122-13 TRA 60
Saw Maker and Repairer [Saw Doctor] 4115-17 TRA 60
Sheetmetal Worker (First Class) [Metal Spinner, Sheetmetal Patternmaker] 4124-11 TRA 60
Supervisor, Forging Tradespersons 4123-01 TRA 60
Supervisor, General Fabrication Engineering Tradespersons 4121-01 TRA 60
Supervisor, Metal Casting Tradespersons 4125-01 TRA 60
Supervisor, Metal Finishing Tradespersons 4126-01 TRA 60
Supervisor, Metal Fitters and Machinists 4112-01 TRA 60
Supervisor, Precision Metal Tradespersons 4115-01 TRA 60
Supervisor, Sheetmetal Tradespersons [Supervisor, Metal Spinners] 4124-01 TRA 60
Supervisor, Structural Steel and Welding Tradespersons 4122-01 TRA 60
Supervisor, Toolmakers 4113-01 TRA 60
Textile, Clothing or Footwear Mechanic [Loom Tuner, Sewing Machine Mechanic, Textile Machine Mechanic] 4112-15 TRA 60
Toolmaker [Tool and Die Maker, Die Caster, Die Sinker, Jigmaker (Metal), Plastic Mould Maker, Press-Tool Maker] 4113-11 TRA 60
Watch and Clock Maker and Repairer 4115-15 TRA 60
Welder (First Class) [Special Class Welder] 4122-15 TRA 60
Trades Persons and Related Workers: Automotive
Automotive Electrician [Automotive Electrical Fitter] 4212-11 TRA 60
Motor Mechanic [Automatic Transmission Mechanic, Automotive Airconditioning Mechanic, Brake Mechanic, Diesel Motor Mechanic, Motorcycle Mechanic, Outboard Motor Mechanic] 4211-11 VETASSESS / TRA
(Dependent on country of residence)
60
Panel Beater [Vehicle Refinisher] 4213-11 TRA 60
Supervisor, Automotive Electricians 4212-01 TRA 60
Supervisor, Motor Mechanics [Supervisor, Vehicle Mechanics] 4211-01 VETASSESS / TRA
(Dependent on country of residence)
60
Supervisor, Panel Beaters [Supervisor, Vehicle Refinishers] 4213-01 TRA 60
Supervisor, Vehicle Body Makers 4215-01 TRA 60
Supervisor, Vehicle Painters 4214-01 TRA 60
Supervisor, Vehicle Trimmers 4216-01 TRA 60
Vehicle Body Maker [Vehicle Body Builder, Coach Builder] 4215-11 TRA 60
Vehicle Painter 4214-11 TRA 60
Vehicle Trimmer [Vehicle Upholsterer] 4216-11 TRA 60
Trades Persons and Related Workers: Electrical, Electronic and Refrigeration
Business Machine Mechanic 4315-13 TRA 60
Cable Jointer 4313-13 VETASSESS / TRA
(Dependent on country of residence)
60
Communications Linesperson 4316-13 TRA 60
Electrical Powerline Tradesperson 4313-11 TRA 60
Electrician (Special Class) 4311-13 TRA 60
Electronic Equipment Tradesperson 4315-11 TRA 60
Electronic Instrument Tradesperson (Special Class) [Instrument and Controls Tradesperson] 4314-13 TRA 60
Electroplater 4126-13 TRA  
General Communications Tradesperson 4316-11 TRA 60
General Electrician [Electrical Fitter, Electrical Mechanic, Electrician, Armature Winder, Electrical Contractor, Heavy Coil Winder] 4311-11 VETASSESS / TRA
(Dependent on country of residence)
60
General Electronic Instrument Tradesperson 4314-11 TRA 60
Lift Mechanic [Lift Electrician] 4311-15 TRA 60
Refrigeration and Airconditioning Mechanic [Refrigeration Fitter] 4312-11 VETASSESS / TRA
(Dependent on country of residence)
60
Supervisor, Communications Tradespersons 4316-01 TRA 60
Supervisor, Electrical Distribution Tradespersons 4313-01 VETASSESS / TRA
(Dependent on country of residence)
60
Supervisor, Electricians [Supervisor, Lift Mechanics] 4311-01 TRA 60
Supervisor, Electronic and Office Equipment Tradepersons 4315-01 TRA 60
Supervisor, Electronic Instrument Tradespersons 4314-01 TRA 60
Supervisor, Refrigeration and Airconditioning Mechanics 4321-01 TRA 60
Trades Persons and Related Workers: Building and Plumbing
Bricklayer 4414-11 TRA 60
Carpenter 4411-13 VETASSESS / TRA
(Dependent on country of residence)
60
Carpenter and Joiner 4411-11 TRA 60
Drainer 4431-15 TRA 60
Fibrous Plasterer 4412-11 TRA 60
Floor Finisher 4423-11 TRA 60
Gasfitter 4431-13 TRA 60
General Plumber 4431-11 VETASSESS / TRA
(Dependent on country of residence)
60
Joiner 4411-15 VETASSESS / TRA
(Dependent on country of residence)
60
Mechanical Services and Air-conditioning Plumber 4431-19 TRA 60
Painter and Decorator 4421-11 TRA 60
Roof Plumber 4431-17 TRA 60
Roof Slater and Tiler 4413-11 TRA 60
Signwriter 4422-11 TRA 60
Solid Plasterer 4415-11 TRA 60
Stonemason 4416-13 TRA 60
Supervisor, Bricklayers 4414-01 TRA 60
Supervisor, Carpentry and Joinery Tradespersons 4411-01 TRA 60
Supervisor, Fibrous Plasterers 4412-01 TRA 60
Supervisor, Floor Finishers 4423-01 TRA 60
Supervisor, Painters and Decorators 4421-01 TRA 60
Supervisor, Plumbers 4431-01 TRA 60
Supervisor, Roof Slaters and Tilers 4413-01 TRA 60
Supervisor, Signwriters 4422-01 TRA 60
Supervisor, Solid Plasterers 4415-01 TRA 60
Supervisor, Wall and Floor Tilers and Stonemasons 4416-01 TRA 60
Wall and Floor Tiler 4416-11 TRA 60
Trades Persons and Related Workers: Food Preparation
Baker 4512-11 TRA 60
Butcher 4511-11 TRA 60
Buttermaker or Cheesemaker 4519-13 TRA 60
Confectioner 4519-15 TRA 60
Cook 4513-11 TRA 60
Pastrycook 4512-13 TRA 60
Smallgoods Maker 4511-13 TRA 60
Supervisor, Bakers and Pastrycooks 4512-01 TRA 60
Supervisor, Meat Tradespersons 4511-01 TRA 60
Trades Persons and Related Workers: Gardening
General Gardener 4623-11 TRA 60
Greenkeeper 4622-11 TRA 60
Head Gardener 4623-01 TRA 60
Landscape Gardener 4623-13 TRA 60
Nurseryperson 4621-11 TRA 60
Tree Surgeon 4623-15 TRA 60
Trades Persons and Related Workers: Printing
Binder and Finisher 4913-11 TRA 60
Graphic Pre-Press Tradesperson 4911-11 TRA 60
Printing Machinist 4912-11 TRA 60
Screen Printer 4914-11 TRA 60
Small Offset Printer 4912-13 TRA 60
Trades Persons and Related Workers: Wood Tradespersons
Cabinetmaker 4922-11 TRA 60
Furniture Finisher 4929-13 TRA 60
Picture Framer 4929-11 TRA 60
Supervisor, Cabinetmakers 4922-01 TRA 60
Wood Tradespersons (not elsewhere classified) 4929-79 TRA 60
Wood Turner 4921-13 TRA 60
Trades Persons and Related Workers: Clothing/Textiles
Apparel Cutter 4941-17 TRA 60
Canvas Goods Maker 4944-13 TRA 60
Dressmaker 4941-15 TRA 60
Furniture Upholsterer 4942-11 TRA 60
General Clothing Tradesperson 4941-11 TRA 60
Leather Goods Maker 4944-11 TRA 60
Medical Grade Shoemaker 4943-13 TRA 60
Patternmaker-Grader (Clothing) 4941-19 TRA 60
Sail Maker 4944-15 TRA 60
Shoemaker 4943-11 TRA 60
Tailor 4941-13 TRA 60
Upholsterers and Bedding Tradespersons (not elsewhere classified) 4942-79 TRA 60
Trades Persons and Related Workers: Other
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics) 4114-15 TRA 60
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical) 4114-11 TRA 60
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures) 4114-13 TRA 60
Boat Builder and Repairer 4981-13 TRA 60
Broadcast Transmitter Operator 4992-17 TRA 60
Flat Glass Tradesperson 4982-11 TRA 60
Gem Cutter and Polisher 4983-13 TRA 60
General Mechanical Engineering Tradesperson 4111-11 TRA 60
Glass Blower 4982-13 TRA 60
Hairdresser 4931-11 TRA 60
Jeweller 4983-11 TRA 60
Optical Mechanic 4999-11 TRA 60
Piano Tuner 4999-17 TRA 60
Shipwright 4981-11 TRA 60
Supervisor, Aircraft Maintenance Engineers 4114-01 TRA 60
Supervisor, General Mechanical Engineering Tradespersons 4111-01 TRA 60
Supervisor, Hairdressers 4931-01 TRA 60

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