You will need to be assessed by VETASSESS for migration purposes.
From my understanding VETASSESS are changing their assessment from a practical and theory based one to a interview type process although I am not 100% sure.
Once you have been successfully assessed you will be awarded an OTSR (offshore technical skills record). If you are going to WA then' Energy Safety' who issue licences in WA will require you to attend a 2 week coures at CET in Balcatta , Perth. Upon successful completion you would be awarded the coveted WA A grade licence.
All other states (except SA) require up to 12 months on the job training combined with off site training at a TAFE (college).
Note, you can not apply for an ARTC unless you are a resident of Australia.
If you go to British Expatriate Community : British Expat Community and go to electricians forum and check out a thread posted by Warren Thomas entitled 'WA electrical mechanic certificate in 4 months ,so easy" he shows you step by step how he got his licence. He got his with an ARTC because his wife was the main applicant and he applied for an ARTC once he got his visa, although holders of an OTSR can follow his steps also.
Hope this helps
Thanks so much for this!!!!!
Ive discovered now that as soon as I obtain my offshore technical skills record from vetasses and have an address in australia ( have taken residency )
I fill out this form http://www.docep.wa.gov.au/EnergySaf...018%200710.pdf
pay the $38 fee - sit a 2 week course at a cost of nearly $ 900, then pay the licensing fee of $ 300 and odd then I get my A license.
sounds to good to be true!!!!!!!!
am very happy after hearing this !!! thanks you
As far as I'm aware, and bizarrely, the TRA still assess electricians special class as opposed to general electricians who are assessed by VETASSESS which just adds to the confusion. Why this is so, I have no idea.
I'm not sure what courses an electrician special class is required to do. I'll try to have a nose about and get back on that one.
Have had a quick look around and this is my understanding. You may already know some of this but I run through it anyway.
Confusingly, there is no such thing in Australia as general electrician or electrician special class. These terms are used for migration purposes only.
For licencing purposes, there are basically two types of electrician, electrical fitter which,is in its simplest description, is a maintenance spark and, electrical mechanic which is an installation spark.
The mechanic is the more highly regarded of the two as you are restricted to certain types of work on a fitter's licence.
As your husband was assessed by the TRA and, presumably not issued with an OTSR, he will have to apply for an ARTC once you have your PR visa.
From posts made by other sparks deemed special class it is highly likely that he will be granted an ARTC as an electrical fitter. Personally, I find this a bit daft as he has probably worked on systems of a more complex nature than a general electrician would and would be granted a lower grade of licence.
Anyway, if your OH has any installation experience, I would highlight this in your ARTC application in the hope that he is granted an ARTC for electrical mechanic.
If he is then he would fill in the form in the link provided above by Lloyd.
If he is granted a an ARTC as a fitter then he will need to fill in form R093.0710.pdf which I hope I've attached correctly.
Whether he would attend the same type of course as an electrical mechanic I do not know. It may be best to contact energy safety by email pre-emptively to find out the requirements for fitters or wait until he gets the ARTC to see what grading he is awarded and take it from there.
Hope this helps in some way.
Last edited by derren7; 23-09-2011 at 07:59 PM.
Thanks from us the evans gang
Last edited by brideycollette; 16-02-2011 at 10:04 AM.
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Right guys am posting emails ive received from dept of energy on the electricians thread if you want to look ( saves double posting ) its step by step of whats needed, even clears up some resrictions
If this helps in any way an ex colleague, who was in the same position as me (electrician special class) got recognised by his ARTC as an electrical mechanic & electrical fitter. I think on the application you can choose both, if you can supply the evidence that you have also carried out installation work alongside your maintenance !!
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