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Overseas trained applicants  

No overseas qualifications are approved for licensing in NSW. Licence applicants who were trained outside Australia are required to demonstrate they have the skills and knowledge necessary to be granted a licence or certificate. In NSW, the standard applied to assess the skills and knowledge of the applicant is an Australian training package qualification.

Skills assessment

Licence applicants who were trained outside Australia should approach a registered training organisation (RTO) for an assessment of their skills and knowledge for the licence classes relevant to their trade. Visit the Licence classes and qualifications page for information on which trade you want to apply for. For a list of Registered Training Organisations, visit training.gov.au.

Offshore Skilled Assessment Program (OSAP)

Some applicants may have come to Australia through the Commonwealth Government’s Offshore Skilled Assessment Program for selected countries and trade occupations. Details of the program can be found on the website of the program provider, Trades Recognition Australia (TRA).

Any applicant issued with a qualification (approved for the issue of a licence or certificate) in the relevant trade through a TRA approved provider may be eligible to be granted a contractor licence or qualified supervisor certificate in the following:

  • carpentry
  • bricklaying 
  • joinery.

Applicants should refer to the Licence classes and qualifications page in order to view the approved qualification requirements for these categories.

Any applicant under the OSAP who is issued with an Off-Shore Technical Skills Record in the relevant trade from a TRA approved provider, may be eligible to be granted a provisional tradesperson certificate in the following:

  • plumbing, draining and gasfitting
  • electrical
  • airconditioning and refrigeration, or
  • roof plumbing.

Provisional certificate conditions

Under the Program, the holder of a provisional tradesperson certificate must:

  • work under the supervision of a current holder of the full licence or qualified supervisor’s certificate for the same trade AND
  • be enrolled in an approved training course to undertake gap training towards the full licence or certificate.

Current approved RTOs to undertake Gap Training: 

Plumbing, Draining, Gasfitting and Roof Plumbing: see Master Plumbers Association (MPA Training) or TAFE NSW.

Electrical: Electrician – Minimum Australian Context Gap, Course Code: 80970ACT. You can find RTOs that offer this course via training.gov.au.

Airconditioning & Refrigeration: Refrigeration & Airconditioning – Minimum Australian Context Gap, Course Code: 80971ACT. You can find RTOs that offer this course via training.gov.au.

On completion of gap training applicants should refer to the Licence classes and qualifications page in order to view the requirements to obtain a contractor licence or qualified supervisor certificate.

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