PEER – Your Trades Recognition Service Provider

Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) is a skills assessment service provider specialising in assessments for people with trades skills gained overseas or in Australia, for the purpose of migration and skills recognition. The Trades Recognition Service (TRS) covers licensed and unlicensed trades.

For more information on the TRA

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TRA’S TRS Applicant Guidelines

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PEER has been contracted by the Commonwealth of Australia represented by the Department of Education and Training, through Trades Recognition Australia to conduct skills assessment on its behalf. PEER’s objective is to:

  • Deliver an exemplary skills assessment service
  • Provide a pathway to employment and licensing
  • Provide industry with skilled workers
  • Ensure a credible alternative for a trade level qualification issued outside of an apprenticeship.

What is an Offshore Technical Skills Record?

An Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR) entitles the holder to an entry level provisional licence in a trade (subject to meeting specific State and Territory requirements). It also details the gap training you need to complete when you arrive in Australia.


You are eligible for the TRS, if you:

  • are residing in Australia (proof of Australian residency required)
  • hold a New Zealand Passport or a visa that allows you to temporarily reside and work in your trade in Australia
  • have not completed an Australian Apprenticeship in your trade
  • have worked for a minimum of five years in your trade with recent employment experience.


You are required to complete a Self-evaluation assessment through Once completed, you will receive a TradeSET number. You will need to provide PEER with your TradeSET number to proceed with your application.

What you will receive

PEER will assess you in units of competence in the following Australian vocational education and training (VET) qualifications:

UEE30811 Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician [341111]

This qualification provides competencies to select, install, set up, test, fault find, repair and maintain electrical systems and equipment in building and premises.  It includes Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC) requirements for an “Electricians Licence”


UEE32211 Certificate III in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration [342111]

This qualification provides competence to select components, install, set up, test, fault find and maintain refrigeration systems and equipment that apply to food storage and preservation, air-conditioning and air distribution equipment in buildings and premises.  It includes regulatory requirements for purchasing and handling refrigerants.


Please note: Certificate III will only be issued upon successful completion of the gap training.

How do I get my OTSR?

To receive an OTSR you will be assessed in 3 stages:

1. Document Review


You will be required to submit documentation that outlines your experience in the trade you are applying for.

2. Technical Interview


One of PEER’s experienced Trainers will interview and discuss your trade experience.

3. Practical Assessment


You will be required to demonstrate your skills in a simulated workplace environment, under assessment conditions.

How to apply for a review

An unsuccessful applicant who wishes to lodge an appeal of assessment can appeal within 7 business days. PEER will reassess within 14 business days and you will be notified of the outcome within 5 business days.

The fee for conducting a reassessment resulting from an appeal by the applicant is $600.

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