Skills Assessments: VETASSESS

The first step in the General Skilled Migration process is to obtain a positive assessment of your qualifications and work experience, to evidence that your skillset is the same as an Australian in the same occupation (profession). This process is called a “Skills Assessment”.

Each industry/professional group has an assessing authority who assess documents on behalf of the Australian Government. These organisations include (but are not limited to) AITSL for teachers, EA for Engineers, APRHA for Medical professions and so on.

The skilled occupation list identifies the relevant assessing body for each occupation.

As you can see from the above list of occupations, VETASSESS provides assessments of general occupations and also for some trade occupations.

VETASSESS’ assessment process is outlined here.

The first step is to identify if your occupation is a General or Trade occupation. You can then review the skills assessment requirements for your specific occupation. Some of them have generic criteria, and others have special requirements.

For example, if you are a Construction Project Manager, you need to have the following qualifications:

Qualification AQF Bachelor degree or higher degree Highly relevant major fields of study include:

· Construction Project Management

· Building Technology or Science

· Civil Engineering (if civil project)

Majors in other fields such as Architecture could be considered on a case-by-case basis if the course includes the core competencies and employment is considered to be in the relevant context. Project Management degrees without concentration in Built Environment / Construction would not generally be positively assessed for this occupation.

In order to be assessed positively, it’s not enough to only complete your professional qualification described above. In addition, like any other occupation assessed by VETASSESS you should have at least one year of work experience in this occupation in the last five years. Moreover, the rest of your work experience has to be recent in order to be taken into account for points calculation for a SkillSelect program, where the applicant is given points for Skilled Work Experience. Only the most recent ten years get assessed.

If you would like to find a more detailed analysis of the Construction Project Manager, please read further here.

Each occupation has a list of tasks associated with the job/position. You should ensure you review these tasks carefully, as this is what the case officer will use to compare to your experience claims.

We know it can be very confusing and difficult to understand how to apply for a skilled assessment. Our team can help you to work out what documents you need, and provide advice on the evidence you need for VETASSESS.

Remember, your skills assessment is the most important part of a General Skilled Migration strategy. Without it, you can not apply. We can help you to maximise your chance of a successful outcome, so you can move forward confidently with your migration strategy.

Contact us now for help with your skills assessment – we can get the ball rolling today!

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