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  1. markstott1980

    Electricians In Australia

    I got a license!!! Electrical Mechanic or whatever that means!! Came over with my VETASSESS completed. All my HNC and NVQ certificates. My college logbooks from 2001. Gap training through Skillstech - distance learning - in Brisbane. 5 modules to complete. My logbook from working in NSW as an unlicensed electrician. 3 day Capstone exam. Done!! ...................only took 6 years, 3 RTOs in 2 states, 2 jobs and almost $6000!!
  2. markstott1980

    Electricians In Australia

    I worked as an unlicensed Electrician In Sydney for 34 bucks an hour in 2011/12
  3. markstott1980

    Electricians In Australia

    A provisional license in NSW or Training Permit in QLD require 'general supervision' only. Not direct man for man supervision, like an apprentice requires.
  4. markstott1980

    Electricians In Australia

    A provisional license in NSW or Training Permit in QLD require 'general supervision' only. Not direct man for man supervision, like an apprentice requires.
  5. markstott1980

    Electricians In Australia

    I came over with Vetassess on a PR visa and worked for a contracting company as an unlicensed Electrician in Western Sydney. I am doing the gap training now, years later, in Brisbane via distancelearning. Contact Skillstech for more information.
  6. markstott1980

    Electricians In Australia

    Hi guys It's been a while since I posted on this thread. I gained my OTSR with VETASSESS back in 2011 and moved to NSW and paid for my Tradespersons Certificate, and worked under supervision of a local company. As my background was oil and gas based, I took an overseas FIFO job which means I was no longer working for an Australian employer and not gaining Australian experience. I'm in QLD at the moment and was thinking about going through the full loicensing process again but I am wondering if things have changed in the last 4 years. Do I need to apply to a nearby RTO (like TAFE) to get my qualifications assessed and complete gap training? Thanks Mark
  7. markstott1980

    Yet another New School for the Gold Coast

    Sounds good, we are moving up there in Dec/January. 2 kids, going in to P1 and P5.
  8. markstott1980

    Back to Blighty

    I think I'll just qualify my previous post by saying I don't like working for a living and paying loads of tax anywhere in the world, but I'd rather moan about it in Sydney, where my kids' school is made out of brick and they don't have 3 months of snow and cancelled outdoor activities!
  9. markstott1980

    Electricians In Australia

    Hi Bath Spark I went over to Sydney with my VETASSESS OTSR and got a provisional license from the NSW Office of Fair Trading. I then worked for a contracting company on their unlicensed electrician rate. The enquiries I made into the licensing arrangments led me to Ultimo TAFE as the only branch of TAFE registered to carry out a course specifically for VETASSESS immigrants. In 2012 it was $1800, Monday and Tuesday, 1800-2100, for 18 weeks. Then while you are working you have to fill in a learners portfolio, logging approximately 1000 hours of varied on the job training. To be honest, I gave up, there was no way I was going house bashing and cable pulling again after 11 years on the rigs!! I'm back on the rigs now, in foreign waters and not needing a license!! ​
  10. markstott1980

    Back to Blighty

    We've been back in Aberdeenshire for a year after thinking 8 months in Sydney wasn't for us. We hate it! But it's ok as we are going back to Sydney in July after realising what we had there. The grass isn't always greener. Our romantic visions of how great Scotland was and how close we were to our families was distorted by the situation we were in. Luckily, we have PR visas and can come and go as we please. What has happened to you sounds like it was forced upon you, made redundant, visa revoked, everyone's life turned upside down. A right boot in the Davina McCalls!
  11. markstott1980

    Electricians In Australia

    I don't think travelling to Angola all the time will get me my citizenship though. At the end of the day, I want to contribute to the Australian Oil & Gas industry!
  12. markstott1980

    Electricians In Australia

    Just found this, which kind of answers my question: [h=1]Clarification of ARTC Requirements for OTSR Holders[/h] Trades people currently holding an Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR) who have not completed their Australian context training and period of supervised employment requirements are not eligible to apply for an Australian Recognised Trade Certificate (ARTC). Upon arrival in Australia tradespersons in licensed trades who hold an OTSR are required to work under the supervision of a licensed tradesperson and undertake Australian context training to gain Australian specific knowledge such as occupational health and safety regulations, wiring rules, codes of practice and other Australian standards. For OTSR holders who choose to apply for an ARTC before completing their Australian context training and supervised employment, TRA will notify the relevant Local Committee that the applicant has not met their OTSR training and supervised employment requirements. The Central Committee has advised the Local Committees must refuse to grant an ARTC if OTSR requirements have not been met as this is evidence that the applicant has insufficient trade training and experience to perform their nominated trade/s in Australia. Where a Local Committee refuses to grant an ARTC on these grounds or any other grounds, no fees will be refunded. ARTC applicants with an OTSR will need to provide Local Committees with evidence that they have completed their OTSR requirements by providing a copy of their Certificate III with their ARTC application. Information on completing your OTSR requirements is available on the Licensing page.
  13. markstott1980

    Electricians In Australia

    Just feel like asking the same questions as before to see if any of the information has changed since the last time. I know this: To get an independant permanent residency visa, I required a VETASSESS assessment, granting me an OTSR (Offshore Technical Skills Record). Arriving in NSW, this OTSR allowed me to get a provisional tradespersons certificate. To upgrade this to a full license, I need to complete Gap Training and a log book of work experience. The Gap Training can be carried out in Ultimo TAFE, Mondays and Tuesdays, 1700-2100 for 18 weeks at a cost of roughly $2200 The Gap training can also be carried out at PEER in SA in 10 days, for a cost of $1800. I learned all of this during my time in Australia between November 2011 and May 2012, during which time I worked for a contracting company in Sydney. I didn't complete any of the licensing requirements though because I was happily employed (and only being paid $1p/h less) as an unlicensed electrician on an EBA contract. Left Australia for a while to tie some things up back home and returning in July. I still want a license as I cannot get on the Australian Oil Rigs as an electrician without one - hopefully they will take me as a process technician, but that is another story. I am still aware that I need gap training and a log book to upgrade my OTSR to an Australian Certificate III - then I can get a license...........however, I won't be working in Australia, I'll be in Angola!!! This leads me to the ARTC question - can I get one? Is so, how? Will an ARTC plus a wiring regs course get me an SA license? Again - the internet is awash with outdated and conflicting information! Does anybody have any RECENT experiences? I'll keep you all updated with anything I else I find out.
  14. markstott1980

    current quotes for 20ft container?

    We are moving back this summer, been there once before. If you need any advice then give me a mail. Only 2 kids for us but getting temporary accommodation shouldn't be a problem.
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    current quotes for 20ft container?

    Direct door to door in 2011 was about £4500 for a full 20ft container - sole use. All export packed and unpacked, dismantled, reassembled and disposal of rubbish. That was with shore porters. Going back again this year - only need 300cu/ft and it's costing £1700 through Clark & Rose.
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