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Find out how to have overseas trade skills recognised to work in South Australia.

If you have trade qualifications from overseas

If you have a trade qualification from overseas, we can help you get the skills you already hold assessed against Australian standards to enable you to work in South Australia.

Contact the Infoline on 1800 506 266 from within Australia or 61 8 8463 5548 if calling from overseas, or email skillsforall@sa.gov.au.

Read more about getting your trade qualifications and skills recognised in our booklet.

If you are working in a trade in Australia but have no formal qualifications

If you have been working in a trade in Australia but have no formal qualifications, we can help you get your skills assessed.

Contact us to find out more on 1800 506 266 or email skillsforall@sa.gov.au.

Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning.

If you are a plumber, electrician or refrigeration air conditioning mechanic and thinking about migrating to Australia

If you are a plumber, electrical worker (electrician) or refrigeration air conditioning mechanic and you choose South Australia as your destination when applying to migrate, you will gain:

  • additional points towards your migration points test
  • an immediate invitation from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to apply for a visa
  • priority processing through migration.

For more information about South Australian State Nomination visit Immigration SA.

You can also register for the Services for Skilled Migrants program and receive:

  • a trade licensing kit which contains information about recognition, licensing and working in your trade in South Australia
  • help with applying for your provisional licence to work in a supervised employment arrangement
  • analysis of your current skills and identification of any 'gap' training which you will need to do to obtain your full licence and work in Australia unsupervised
  • information about training with a Skills for All Training Provider (this may be at low or no cost)
  • assistance with finding an employer to work with to get job experience in South Australia
  • support with your application for a full licence.

Plumbers

To work as a plumber in South Australia you usually have to complete an apprenticeship and hold a licence. If you have been through the Offshore Skills Assessment Program and have been issued an Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR) which shows that you have been assessed as having the required technical skills in Certificate III in Plumbing you can apply for a restricted workers registration which allows you to work under supervision.

Read more about working as a plumber in Australia.

Electricians

To work as an electrician in South Australia you usually have to complete an apprenticeship and hold a licence. If you have been through the Offshore Skills Assessment Program and have been issued an Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR) which shows that you have been assessed as having the required technical skills in Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician you can apply for a restricted workers registration which allows you to work under supervision.

Read more about working as an electrician in Australia.

Refrigeration air conditioning mechanics

To work as a refrigeration air conditioning mechanic in South Australia you usually have to complete an apprenticeship and hold a licence.

Read more about working as a refrigeration air conditioning mechanic in Australia.

Next Steps:

  1. Undertake the migration process and choose South Australia
  2. Obtain your Australian Visa with work rights for Australia (necessary to register for the program)
  3. Register for the Services for Skilled Migrants.

Once your registration is received and accepted, we will be in touch using your preferred email address.

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Welcome to our new website for career, training, apprenticeship and traineeship, funding and workforce information. Training providers and apprenticeship and traineeship users can log in to STELA, ATIS and their Skills for All Provider Application from this home page.

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For help to find what you need, call our Infoline on 1800 506 266.

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