Chefs: Trades Recognition Authority (TRA)

If you intend to apply for migration to Australia under one of the General Skilled Migration categories, you must have a nominated occupation which is on the Skilled Occupations List at the time you apply. In order to make a valid application, you must have obtained a skills assessment from the relevant assessing authority for your nominated occupation.

The TRA is the assessing authority for the following occupations:

  • Cooks; and
  • Chefs.

To be classified as a Chef for migration purposes it is a requirement that the applicant first establishes a case as a Cook and then provides evidence of a further 3 years performing the duties of a Chef (supervisory).

To be classified for migration purposes as a Chef it is a requirement that an applicant provide evidence satisfying TRA requirements in terms of trade training and employment as a Cook.

This requirement is typically satisfied by evidence of:

  • A minimum of 4 years in the form of a formal trade apprenticeship or equivalent traineeship (training and employment) as a Cook; or
  • By demonstrating 6 years training and employment, working in the trade performing duties equivalent to that required of an Australian tradesperson working in that classification at trade level.

TRA Officer Checklist

Below is a list of questions which must be satisfied:

  • Is formal training claimed?
  • Are claims verified by documents?
  • Does documentary evidence demonstrate adequate relevant training or work experience?
  • What is the length of relevant training or work experience verified by documents?
  • Where no formal apprenticeship was completed, does the applicant satisfy the 6 year period working as Cook, and 3 years as Chef there after?
  • Are breath and depth of skills equivalent to Australian standards?
  • Is technical knowledge equivalent to Australian standards?
  • Are Australian education or training standards satisfied?
  • What is the date the equivalent Australian Standards are deemed to have been achieved for migration to Australia?

Requirements

The entry requirement for this occupation is an AQF Diploma or higher qualification.

Chefs have first established a case as Cook (4 year apprenticeship) and at least 3 years relevant experience as Chef there after (a total of 7 years).

Where a formal apprenticeship has not been entered into, a 6 year vocational training period is required with an additional 3 years experience as a Chef in a supervisory position (a total of 9 years).

The applicant must have been in paid employment for at least 12 of the last 18 months before applying for migration.

Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO)

Cook

Prepares, seasons and cooks food in catering and dining establishments. (This is a 60 point occupation.)

Skill Level

The entry requirement for this occupation is an AQF Certificate III or higher qualification. A Cook has completed a formal 4 year apprenticeship. Where a formal apprenticeship contract has not been entered into a 6 year vocational training period must be evidenced.

Tasks include:

  • Examines food to ensure quality;
  • Regulates temperatures of ovens, grills and other cooking equipment;
  • Prepares and cooks food;
  • Seasons food during cooking;
  • Portions food, places it in dishes, adds gravies or sauces, and garnishes;
  • Stores food in temperature controlled facilities;
  • May plan menus and estimate food requirements;
  • May prepare food to meet special dietary requirements; and
  • May train other kitchen staff and apprentices.

Chef

Plans and organises the preparation and cooking of food in dining or catering establishments. (This is a 60 point occupation and on the list of occupations in demand.)

Skill Level

The entry requirement for this occupation is an AQF Diploma or higher qualification. Chefs have first established a case as Cook (4 year apprenticeship) and at least 3 years relevant experience as Chef there after (a total of 7 years).

Where a formal apprenticeship has not been entered into, a 6 year vocational training period is required with an additional 3 years experience as a Chef in a supervisory position (a total of 9 years).

In all instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • Plans menus and estimates food and labour costs in consultation with the Head Chef;
  • Implements staff rosters and supervises the activities of cooks and assistants;
  • Discusses food preparation issues with managers, dieticians and other staff members;
  • Requisitions food, kitchen supplies and equipment;
  • Demonstrates techniques to cooks and advises them on cooking procedures;
  • Prepares and cooks food;
  • Portions food, adds gravies, sauces and garnishes;
  • Explains and enforces hygiene regulations;
  • May select and train staff; and
  • May freeze and preserve foods.

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