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Thinking of moving to Australia on a 457 visa?
How exciting! Before you start jumping for joy though, there’s quite a bit of paperwork to get through, particularly if you’re applying for skilled migration.
Have you heard of Recognition of Prior Learning before?
You see, depending on the nature of your occupation, where you hail from and where you intend to work in Australia, you might have to undergo what’s known as a skills assessment to ensure that you’re competent enough to do the job and your skill-level is in line with expected Australian industry standards.
If you’ve been headhunted by an employer who would like to sponsor you for an Australian 457 visa, or even if you’re applying independently for a skilled visa, it’s often one of the essential prerequisites that you’ll need to sort out before you submit your visa application.
This is where Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) comes in.
What is RPL and why do you need it?
Australia has strictly defined educational requirements, industry regulations and licensing arrangements for different professions.
If visa applicants don’t have an Australian qualification for their nominated occupation, they can get one through a simple RPL assessment, which matches your existing skills, overseas work experience and qualifications against the prescribed units of competency set out under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
Otherwise you may not be legally entitled to work in your desired occupation, even if you’ve been doing so in your home country. The last thing you want at this stage is to risk having your visa refused for something that can easily be resolved.
For example, the minimum qualification requirement for working in childcare here in Oz is a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, which would be compulsory for attaining a 457 visa.
A diesel fitter or plant mechanic, on the other hand, would be required to have a Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade.
Skills assessments may be required for trades and non-trade occupations and these would need to be carried out by the appropriate assessment authority in each case.
You may also need to register with a local authority in the state or territory where you intend to work, or get a licence in your trade, which might not be possible unless you have the relevant Australian qualification to begin with.
Welcome to the land of certification, people!
There is a qualification for everything here in Australia, right down to working as a sandwich artist in Subway (yes, you’ve got to have a certificate in sandwich artistry and a fast food joint is no exception).
How do you complete an RPL skills assessment?
There is a unique ANZSCO code assigned to each job role nominated on the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) and the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL).
ANZSCO stands for ‘Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations’ and is used as a means to collect, publish and analyse employment statistics for various occupations within Australia and New Zealand.
However, this is not the point.
If you visit the Australian Immigration website there is a section called Australian Skills Recognition Information (ASRI) that lists all of those ANZSCO coded occupations and provides useful details for each one, such as a rundown of the job description, the required skill and qualification level, and the relevant skills assessment authority to approach.
From there, you can work out a plan of action directly with the assessment provider. Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) and VETASSESS are two of the major players and some occupations can only be assessed through them.
Of course, this can all start to seem like a lot of extra hassle, because you’re already dealing with a mountain of other things you’ve got to take care of for the big move.
The more research you do, the more confusing the whole process can seem as there is a lot of conflicting information out there. It’s highly recommended to consult with a registered migration agent when it comes to immigration matters, because they will give you the best advice for your individual situation.
But if you don’t feel like going it alone, in the same way that many working holiday visa makers use a visa agency to handle their application rather than going directly through the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, there is an alternative, low stress solution to consider. After all, you don’t want to screw up your application, right?
Get Qualified Australia are the nation’s leading RPL and Skills Recognition specialists.
Get Qualified Australia has partnered up with a number of Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) across the country to help simplify the complicated business surrounding Australian qualifications, licensing and skilled migration.
You can complete your skills assessment through RPL with us. Our assessors and registered migration agents can help you work out your visa eligibility, essentially doing all the hard work for you on your behalf.
We also offer a free skills review online which only takes about 2-3 minutes to complete, after which one of our experienced RPL specialists will be in touch to advise you of any qualification options that may be available to you.
If it turns out that you’ll need to get a nationally recognised qualification for your nominated occupation, all you have to do is provide us with the documentation that proves you’re proficient in that specific job role, such as a resume, employer references, work samples and certified copies of your overseas qualifications.
We’ll take care of the laborious process of filling in the course units and modules that would be required to receive an accredited qualification from an Australian RTO, so that you don’t have to.
What’s more, once you’ve submitted all of the necessary paperwork, we’ll issue your qualification within a few weeks at a much cheaper rate than the original course cost.
Not bad, eh! Especially considering that you don’t have to study for it, or waste money on expensive course fees.
Let the clicking of heels begin, Dorothy!
More About GQ Australia: Get Qualified Australia are the country’s leading experts in RPL and Skills Recognition. GQ Australia works in partnership with Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) across to convert skills, knowledge and experience into nationally recognised qualifications that will help satisfy Australian qualification requirements, industry regulations and licensing arrangements.
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