After making an initial enquiry with go matilda about appointing an agent I have exchanged a few emails with an agent. The situtation is my husband is 43 his job is on the skills list but he has no formal qualifications in his job axceot for a yts aprencticeship in 1985 (but he has lost the certificate). Go matilda have said that to get the points up he will need to sit the IELTS test and also satisfy the TRA skills board by doing a qualification that meets their standards . They have offered assistance with all of this but they charge a fee each time . The question I have now i have made these inital enquiries and i am a bit more genned up on everthing is could we go it alone and apply for the 175 visa having got the two requirements above done or do i need to assign an agent. we are on a tight budget so the fees are goind to be a struggle. My husband is not very academic so i also have the worry that he may not pass the IELTS test and get the level he requires to gain the extra points. Can anyone offer advice , also does anybody know what is involved with the TRA australian skills qualification. Its very frustrating because he knows his job inside out and has 25 years experience . He is a plasterer.