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  1. I have two questions regarding skills. 1) Is education (time spent on university) considered as experience for skill assessment (maybe partially)? To be specific my assessing authority is Engineers Australia. 2) To get additional points for my partner's skills, her skills must be assessed as well. What happenes if she has only Master's degree and no post-graduate experience, is she still eligible and will I get points? (VETASSES) Thanks in advance for help!
  2. I am a Town Planner working in a Local Authority in the UK. I am 29 and would like to move to Australia before I am 30. I have heard for a few years there is a shortage of Town Planners but unsure how likely they would be willing to give someone a chance with only UK experience (8 months from becoming chartered too!). Are there any planners out there who have been or are in a similar situation? Is it easy to get sponsored and what is the Australian planning system like to get to grips with? Any advice is welcome as I have no idea where to start.
  3. Hi, I have been living and working in Australia since February 2015. I have, however, been with my current employer since October 2016. My employers would like to sponsor me for PR, but since I have not been with them for 2 years, I require a skills assessment with Vetassess. I have 12 years experience in my role, however I am not degree qualified. I have contacted a company called Get Qualified, and they said my experience can be transitioned/recognised as comparable to a Graduate Diploma - http://qualifyme.edu.au/qualifications/graduate-diploma-of-management-learning/ . This qualification is nationally recognised. This is actually higher than a Bachelor Degree (Undergraduate program). On Vetassess website, it says that in order to get a positive skills assessment, I require a qualification comparable or higher than a Bachelor Degree for my chosen occupation. So, in theory, if I get this qualification, would that be sufficient for a positive assessment?
  4. Hi everyone. I have today received a negative PASA (Pre-Application-Skills-Assessment) from the ICAA (Institute of Chartered Accoutants of Australia). I'm an Accountancy & Finance graduate 2:1 (BA Hons). The ICAA comfirm that my degree is assessed as comparable to the level of an Australian Bachelor degree based on AEI-NOOSR guidelines but I am not suitable for my nominated occupation as Accountant 2211-11. They say that this is because not all of the core knowledge areas have been studied in my degree or have not been covered in sufficient depth. I have been working in practice as an Accountant since graduation for the past nine years. I was hoping you might be able to advise if there is any point in me contesting this or if there would be any point in having my skills assessed by another recognised accountancy body? The news has left me totally devestated. I was confident this would be only a formality. I am part-qualified ACCA with my final three exams left to do. However, I have a little boy aged two and I didn't really want to wait for the 12 months post qualified once I have completed ACCA before going. Would it be an option for me to acquire an employer sponsored Visa now and make entry that way. Would I be automatically accepted for PR after two years? I would be sincerely grateful for your thoughts, I really would. Many thanks, Helen
  5. Hi I am new to the forum. I am a special needs teacher with 12 years experience and MA degree plus other Post grad sen quals and have put everything together for skills assess. However i cannot illustrate 45 days of supervised teaching experience for MA...don't think that exists in UK. So was wondering if there are any other SEN teachers who have got through (or not ) the skills assessment? Hoping to get the paperwork to my agent by the end of the week. He told me to put together what I had and send it but don't want to spend any more money on IELTs tests etc if I am going to fail the assessment :unsure:
  6. :sad: My wife recently had her teaching skills assesment back from teaching australia which came back unsuccessful. She was being assessed as a Secondary school teacher. She has been working in FE colleges (16+ years age group) for over 10 years now and is more than capable of teaching in secondary schools. She has a degree and Masters degree in her subject but the problem is that in Australia the secondary school years run from 12 - 18 and in the UK its 12 - 16. As my wife teaches 16 -18 year olds we thought she would fit into this category and have been told by various agencies that this would be fine. Teaching Australia didn't accept this because she completed her PGCE fulltime based on 16+ students. Is the only way round this for her to give up her 40k a year job to do another PGCE based on 12-18 or do a PHD and then get 3 years experience in a Uni? It seems like all people who have done this PGCE and have many years expereince are being turned away because it doesn't quite fit into the Australian education system. Surely there is something she can do in the evenings to enable her as qualified without doing a fulltime year course. PLEASE PLEASE help we are so deflated by this and are desperate to take our 1 year old daughter and 5 year old son to Australia. Is there anyone who has had the same issue or does anyone know how to get around this? Many many thanks for reading and any help would be greatfully appreciated. Jack & Laura
  7. Advice on skills assessment

    Hi Guys, Firstly thanks for this site - I have been reading every day for about a year now! We at at the point of asking CPA for a skills assessment for my OH for the Tax Accountant role. Problem we have is that he doesn't have one of the mandatory fields which is knowledge of Australian Tax - obviously, why would he have this we live in England?? Can anyone advise: 1. Should we try and do distance learning course in Oz tax before putting in for skills assessment? 2. Should we just apply for skills assessment and see what comes back? 3. Should we get an agent at this stage (athough did want to do it ourselves) as their input may be needed with this? Really thankful for any replies that may help or if anyone is in the same situation. Gemma
  8. Hi Guys, I am on 457 visa as a Butcher ( 1 year). I got through RPL a Certificate III in Meat processing last month. I am intend to apply to get my skills assessed on Trades Recognition Australia. They say: "The TRA Migration Skills Assessment Applicant Guidelines state that where an AQF qualification has recently been obtained through RPL, an applicant must also provide evidence of employment that: covers no less than six years of full-time (or equivalent) paid employment, three years of which may be as a trainee under the direct supervision of a tradesperson/employer (this is considered an informal training period) with an additional three years full-time (or equivalent) paid employment completed at the required skill level for the occupation." I already have one year of experience in Australia and back to my country I got 2 years of experience as a trainee but I was under 16 and after that 4 years as full time. And it was more than 10 years ago (I am 32 years old). Does anyone in this forum had any similar experience? Thanks
  9. Nursing Skills Assessment

    Hi Everyone, Information for anyone considering submitting their nursing skills assessment. I am a 8 years qualified registered nurse (adult) currently working in a a walk in centre. Previously I was a research nurse for a university and before that a ward and out-patient based staff nurse. I submitted my skills assessment which covered the last 4 years. I had to include a statement of service with exact dates for my last 2 positions and a comprehensive breakdown of my duties (which was more or less a copy of my job description). I also had to provide a detailed professional reference from my current employer. Plus $650! My agent submitted it on 19th March 2009. I was a little worried in case the research or the walk in centre work wouldn't be suitable enough for them, but it was successfully approved on 11th May 2009. A total of 7 and a half weeks.
  10. Hi there, My name is Rob and i have never used a forum before. I am a qualified refrigeration and air con engineer. I'm 24, single, no kids or dependents. I did a 7 month stint in WA fitting air con down in the wine region and Perth 2013-2014. I'd like to apply for a skilled visa and come back to work as a fully licensed engineer. I was lucky enough to make many contacts that are keen to employ me. I didn't want to do a sponsorship when i was there as i wanted my own freedom and not to suddenly find myself "trapped" in one company. Also i have literally no family in Aus, just some close friends and an ex girlfriend. I'm looking for anyone that can recommend me a decent agent in which i can do my skills transfers with. I've been talking to a guy called James (jim) Gordon who seems very professional and boasts a 100% migration record. He has a MARA number but when i searched on the IMMI/MARA database it returned no results, there were only 2 migration agents registered on MARA that are in the UK of which i have contacted. But was just wondering if anyone has any advice on Jim or anyone has used him? I'm not very Anal normally but i just want to find the best agent that would do the best job. Recommendations and stories appreciated. From what ive seen its gonna be a long, rocky road to Australia. Rob.
  11. Hi guys, We're just at the start of the process and was hoping for some advice! My hubby works in HR and we are trying to organise all the information we need for the skills assessment. The skills assessment is for HR Manager and it is with the Australian Institute of Management. They ask for lots of detailed information, which I think we can provide but just wanted to check if anyone has passed this skills assessment and if so can give us any tips before we submit the application? Thanks in advance for any help! Clare D
  12. Has anyone recently had their skills assessment back from ANMAC / ANMC? I submitted everything 16 weeks ago and I am still waiting.:mask:
  13. Does anybody know who would be the skills assessment body for a Driving Instructor?. I have trawled through so many pages but I am not sure if it will come under transport or teaching. It looks like Driving instructors are classed as Priority in WA.
  14. CIMA Part qualified

    Hi there, I have realised I have a certificate at the entry level to CIMA, as I am studying a degree which is not entirely related to Accountancy but does qualify me for exemptions. I also have relevant work experience if this is necessary and two thirds of my degree under my belt. Would it be appropriate to apply to CPA now to see if I could get a skills visa? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance
  15. Hi All, Couldn't be on this forum for sometime.. Was tied down with work. Have found some time now to get back to the important things. I have managed to procure the employer reference letters from 2 out of 3 of my previous employers. I have uploaded one of the edited versions of the letter from one of my previous employers here. Please let me know if the information contained here in will suffice. Regards, Rahul
  16. hi guys, we plan on claiming partner skill points. my spouse has already completed the skills assessment and the IELTS test. upon visa application, what supporting documents would DIBP require for partner skills claims? -- payslip, tax returns, etc? thanks!
  17. Does anyone know how the Australian trade skills compare to the UK? My partner is an advanced rigger here in New South Wales. Looking at similar jobs being advertised in the UK, they call for at least an NVQ 3 certificate. How does the Australian qualification compare?
  18. Hello all, After a lot of dithering as to whether to or not, thought it might be useful to start this thread for all those Aircraft Engineers out there who are intending / or have already started / passed their TRA assessment via Victoria University. Our story: OH is avionics with 25 yrs military experience and we're all set to start our skills assessment, but we have been advised that we may be wasting our money as he doesn't hold civilian licenses or an 'official' log book. He's completed the initial online Tradeset assessment with no problems, so as an initial guideline we think this is a positive indication. We personally, and no doubt all others in the same situation, would be really grateful to hear of how your application is going, timelines whether you have civilian licenses or not, log books etc. Any advice you can give really. I do know that clarification on this issue has been been requested by at least one migration agent ( to both Vic Uni and TRA) but as yet a definitative reply hasn't been given from either to say if they are a pre-requisite or not...very frustrating! Our understanding is that under the previous guidelines, before the assessment switched to Vic Uni, that you didn't have to have civilian licenses and that providing a very in depth breakdown of jobs, experience, tools used etc. (all signed off) was sufficient. Is anyone out there in a similar situation or had their assessment application acknowledged /approved without licenses? Thanks, E&A
  19. Hi, Anyone here have tried to apply TRA-ICT Customer Support skills assessment? Please share experience. My case is that I happen to have a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and 10 years experience as ICT Support. Just confused on how to fill up the TRA application as it state there "Vocational Training"? Can anyone help? Thanks!
  20. Hi does anyone have any experience on how long the ACS are taking to process a Skills Test ?? Mine was received by them on 9th Aug. No news yet. My allocated "person" has stopped communicating by email suddenly - just get an automated response. (ENS , 121) cheers, Richo.
  21. Well, posted AITSL forms today (teacher skills assessment), so a long wait now until they say yes or no! Their website says 14 weeks........
  22. Graphic pre press skills assessment!!!

    I'm now in the process of having my skills assessed as a Graphic Pre Press tradesperson. Can anyone please get in touch if they have gone through this process as I need as much help as possible. look forward to hearing from you... Julian
  23. Hi There, We sent off for the Skills Assessment about twelve weeks ago. We received a confirmation letter after two weeks so I'm guessing the 'counter' starts there. In our confirmation email, we were told that it would be eight weeks until final confirmation but about a two/three weeks ago they emailed saying that one of the certificates was not sufficient and they needed another from my university. I sent that via courier and got it to them three days later. They confirmed safe receipt of this last Monday. I'm just wondering when we're going to receive the Assessment. We're waiting to apply for SS as soon as possible and it just feels like it's taking ages. On their website it states that if they have to ask for more information it could delay our application by up to ten weeks! I'm really hoping that it won't as we have got what they needed very quickly - has anyone got any experience of them 'resetting' the counter so to speak or do they just continue? Thanks for all your help and advice.
  24. Hello to the Poms Community, We are a new family registered to the Poms, we've been to an Opportunities eXpo seminar in Manchester, UK today and would like to know if any fellow Pom members can recommend a good value for money Skills Assesment organisation? We are wanting to apply for a skills assesment but would like to do so with a trusted & valuable organisation. Thank you for reading our post. The Buckells
  25. Chef/Cook Skills Assessment

    Any chefs/cooks out there? what are the UK qualifications required for a possitive skills assessment? Which assessing authority did you go through and what does it involve? tests, costs etc... Any info will be appreciated.